Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Defensive lineman in tears at Dolphins camp
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins rookie Manuel Wright
apparently is having a difficult time adjusting to the NFL, and was
in tears Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive tackle from Southern
California -- the only pick in this month's supplemental draft --
broke down during an on-field workout session.
Dolphins coach Nick Saban appeared to be shouting, or at least
talking very sternly, to Wright, who was later seen walking off the
field, escorted by a member of the team's staff, and lifting the
front of his shirt to wipe away tears.
Exactly what Saban said that upset Wright was unclear. Team
policy does not allow reporters access to players following a
midday interview period.
"As you well know, young players need to develop the kind of
mental toughness and attitude that they need to be professionals,"
Saban said. "So we are trying to help him with that, too, which
may be why we need to get on him a little at times."
Wright was eligible for the supplemental draft because he is
three years out of high school. As a sophomore at USC last season,
he had 23 tackles, including six for losses, and recovered two
Saban said the rookie has struggled a bit so far with muscle
soreness and other issues, and believes Wright is "probably not in
as good of shape as he needs to be in."
"I got on him about what we wanted him to try to do at least
today, to try and work himself through it, and he responded well to
it," Saban said.