49ers receiver Anquan Boldin says part of the game plan was to go after former teammate Shareece Wright.
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When cornerback Shareece Wright signed with the Ravens last Monday, his former teammates in San Francisco must’ve been licking their chops.
Wright, who requested his release from the 49ers after being inactive for the team’s first five games, surrendered two touchdowns in his Baltimore debut, which just happened to come against his old team. Wright was signed to replace injured corner Will Davis, but ended up playing an even bigger role with staring corner Lardarius Webb inactive due to a thigh injury.
The first score against Wright came against a familiar face to Ravens fans as Torrey Smith beat Wright on a double move on the way to a 76-yard touchdown. Looking at the replay, the Ravens stacked nine men in the box against Colin Kaepernick, leaving Jimmy Smith and Wright in single coverage, hardly an ideal situation for a player who just joined the team a few days ago.
"I don’t care if you’ve been here for four days,” Harbaugh said via the team’s official website. "You put your eyes and your coverage on the right spot. It’s that simple … You can’t let a guy get behind you."
On the second touchdown, Wright fell down as his feet got tangled up with receiver Quinton Patton, who ended up wide open in the end zone for a 21-yard score and a 25-13 lead for the 49ers.
While the 49ers couldn’t have anticipated Wright’s stumble, attacking him was part of the gameplan, according to receiver Anquan Boldin.
"When a guy’s on your team that long, you definitely know his weaknesses, and strengths,” Boldin said. "That was one of the things we wanted to attack today."
"When you’re coming to a team at this part of the season and you’re expected to play a big role, I’ve got to get it done," said Wright, who put in extra hours of preparation with the defensive coaches throughout the week.
Frustration is continuing to mount in the Ravens’ battered secondary. Jimmy Smith, who recruited Wright, his former high school teammate, to Baltimore, was also burned for a 51-yard gain by Boldin.
"I know [Wright’s] sitting over there feeling the same way I’m feeling," Smith said. "I know the whole secondary is feeling the way I feel. We put that on us. I’m tired of saying the same thing, but we’ve got to come though. It’s unacceptable what we’re doing."