The Massachusetts Pirates have signed former Penn State offensive lineman Chasz Wright for the upcoming season. Wright was a mainstay on the offensive line for the Nittany Lions that won the 2016 Big Ten Championship and the 2017 Fiesta Bowl. After college, Wright was not selected in the NFL Draft, but he did sign a contract with the Buffalo Bills and attended their rookie minicamp. He also entered the XFL Draft last fall. Now he will look to continue his career with the Pirates with no regrets.
"I didn't think twice about it,” Wright said. “I talked with my family and my agent about it. It just feels like a great place to be. I've never been to Massachusetts, but I feel like it can't get any colder than Pennsylvania," he said.
With Wright’s 6’7”, 350 lb. frame, Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim likes the size and experience that Wright has to offer.
"Chasz is a physically imposing offensive lineman, who is coming to Massachusetts after playing in a successful program at Penn State and has experience competing against some of the best pass rushers in the country. I'm excited to see how Chasz performs in camp. I feel he will be a productive player for us this upcoming season," Yatim said.
In his five years on campus at Penn State Wright appeared in 48 games clearing the way for running backs Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders and protecting quarterback Trace McSorley. Wright made 16 starts including the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl. In the 2017 season he took the field in 12 of 13 games, starting nine times. He finished his career at PSU making two starts as a redshirt senior while appearing in 12 games. He says the competition in the Big Ten improved his football focus.
"You've got to bring your "A" game every day and that means practice as well. There are no days off. It's just like professional football or when you play football in general, even high school; when you play in a very competitive conference, the guys you play against are very high caliber each and every week. The guys you compete against in practice are high caliber, so everybody's bringing the best out of each other. I think playing in a conference like the Big 10 brought out more of a competitive side in me. It taught me how to stay consistent every week. To make sure I'm physically and mentally ready to go at all times and being accountable. Being the guy that my team can count on and building off one another. It's a team sport so you make sure that every man on that team and the man standing next to you is just as good as you are and that you can trust him," Wright said.
Wright, who makes his home in Woodbridge, VA, graduated in May of 2018 with a degree in telecommunications. His next stop was in Buffalo.
“Going to the Buffalo Bills minicamp was exactly what I expected. I expected it to be a business. I think I got a taste of what it means to be a professional. Making sure you're on time, making sure that you are sitting up front, making sure that you're a student of the game and being a technician. I think the things that you learn in college are extremely re-emphasized when you go the next level," he said.
Now Wright looks forward to his first season in arena football and beyond.
“My expectation is to use this as a platform to get to where I want to be, and I also want to have fun playing the game I love,” Wright said.
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