PHILADELPHIA — Before defensive tackle Gabe Wright caught the attention of Eagles coaches and made a startling vault toward first-team repetitions in practice this week, he faced a decision about Playstation.
More specifically, he had to consider his two favorite video games: Madden NFL and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
Wright describes himself as “a big Playstation guy.” He said he could spend hours camped in front of the television playing those two games, which cut into his time for studying NFL playbooks in past years.
But when Wright signed with the Eagles on June 5, he knew he’d have less than two weeks to curry favor with the coaching staff and his teammates before the Birds took a five-week break from practices. The third-year tackle figured he would need to place all of his attention on the defensive schemes and plays he’d have to learn in Philadelphia.
So, Wright left his Playstation at the house he was leasing in Cleveland. In Philly, he had nothing to do but pore over the playbook and study film.
“Part of the things that I’ve done differently is remove all distractions,” said Wright, who spent his first two seasons with the Lions and Browns. “If I need to leave the Playstation to really focus on being a pro, then so be it. Each guy’s different. Some guys can not get on it while it’s in the room. I’m just going to leave it out the room.”
Wright said the decision is already paying dividends, and on the field, he seized an opportunity to take snaps with the starters at minicamp this week.
During Wright’s second day with the Eagles, defensive tackle Destiny…
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