Forget about on any given Sunday. On this Sunday, on any given play,
It’s all part of daily life for the third-year cornerback.
“How can I break this down?” Lane said through a smile after practice along the shores of Lake Washington at the Seahawks’ Training Camp presented by Bing. “Well, I am a corner. I like to consider myself as a corner. But I also know how to play nickel, too. And I also think I’m a good nickel.”
“We lost Walter Thurmond at the nickel position,” Thomas said of the defensive back who signed with the New York Giants in free agency. “But J-Lane is going to be a great addition in the role.
“He’s just very comfortable out there. He knows what he’s doing. He’s in control. He’s very fast. And the great thing about him right now, he’s playing very fast.”
Fast enough that Lane made two impressive plays during Sunday’s practice against one of the fastest players on the team.
On the first, Lane reached over
The line to replace Thurmond as the nickel back in a defense that led the NFL in average points, yards and passing yards allowed last season, as well as interceptions, forms behind the 6-foot, 190-pound Lane. But the coaches don’t have to wonder if Lane can get the job done, because he filled in for Thurmond last December.
In that five-game stretch to close the regular season, Lane had four passes defensed and 12 tackles.
“Next man up. I’ve always got to be ready,” Lane said. “I’m always prepared like I’m a starter anyway, so whenever those guys go down I’m going to fit right in like nothing happened.”
Lane filled all of his roles in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver, contributing three tackles in the 21-16 loss. But at the top of his can-do list right now is the nickel back spot.
“I’m trying to own it as much as possible,” he said. “Right now, I think I’m pretty much that guy. But I’ve just got to stay consistent with it and everything is going to work out how I want it.”
Just as it did on any given play on this given Sunday.