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Focus on: Jeremy Lane
Somewhat lost in the giddiness over Michael Bennett plucking a Cliff Avril-forced fumble out of the air and returning it 22 yards for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 34-7 romp over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night was the escort the 274-pound lineman got to the south end zone at CenturyLink Field.
It was supplied by Jeremey Lane, a 190-pound cornerback who blocked wide receiver Robert Meacham for 20 yards – all the way to the end zone, and seemingly into next week – as Bennett rambled up the right sideline.
Asked about his effort Wednesday, the first thing Lane did was smile. Then he offered, “I was determined to get my man into the end zone. Teamwork.”
Lane also was determined to send a message.
“I actually was doing that just to make a point to all of them that if I ever catch a pick, I want my teammates to feel the same way about getting blocks so I can get into the end zone,” he said. “So I made sure I tried my hardest and gave 100 percent.”
Lane was on the field to make his contribution because the Seahawks are down two cornerbacks – Brandon Browner, the starter on the right side who is out with a groin injury; and Walter Thurmond, the nickel back and Browner’s backup who is serving a league-imposed four-game suspension.
That has elevated Byron Maxwell to the starting lineup and made Lane the nickel back. They were supporting-cast members of the Legion of Boom who are now helping the Seahawks lower the boom on opponents.
“It’s exciting to be more involved,” Lane said. “Every guy wants to have a role on the team. And once they find out what that role is, they want to dominate that role.”
Just as Lane dominated Meacham in helping Bennett score his first NFL touchdown.
But what about that block?
“I did see that,” said right tackle Breno Giacomini, who makes his living by throwing blocks. “Jeremy’s been working really hard. And I guess they do a drill during practice, and he really got the finish block there. So I thought he did a good job.” Read