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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Pats' Wright ready to fill in for Green

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's not often that a team can lose a starting defensive end to a knee injury and replace him with a player who has a team-high total in sacks.

That's what the Patriots figure to do, with Jarvis Green expected to be sidelined 2-4 weeks and Mike Wright (four sacks) the projected top replacement.

Situations like these are why the Patriots signed Wright -- a five-year veteran who had made the team as a rookie free agent in 2005 -- to a four-year, $7.5 million contract this offseason. Wright prides himself on being a utility player, having played tackle in four-man fronts and right end and nose in three-man fronts.

He's become more comfortable at right end this season.

"I've been playing a little bit more there this year since [Richard] Seymour is gone and Jarvis is over there, and I've been backing up Jarvis," Wright said. "It's been good. I've been getting a lot of reps over there in games and it's been helping me out. I've been a lot more comfortable over there."

Some of Wright's best performances this season have come when he's played tackle in four-man fronts, which seems to play to one of his top assets -- quickness.

He said Tuesday that his comfort level and experience with the Patriots are the top factors in his solid start this season.