The third-year cornerback is taking over on the right side for
“He’s a great professional,” Thurmond said. “And personally, I think he’s the best receiver in the game. He runs great routes and he doesn’t give you the same thing every time you’re out there.”
This might be the latest instance of next-man-up for the Seahawks’ No. 4-ranked defense that has played in recent games without linebackers
“Unfortunately, this league is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately type of league and we forget that Walter Thurmond was actually starting above
Injuries have plagued Thurmond since his senior season at the University of Oregon, when he tore all three ligaments in his right knee. It was that injury that allowed the Seahawks to get a player they consider a second-round talent in the fourth round.
Last season, he stepped into the starting secondary at left cornerback when
“It’s really just being patient,” Thurmond said. “Just getting back to my technique and my form where I was last year and just continue to get better each week.”
But Carroll feels the team being so cautious with Thurmond has him better prepared for what’s about to happen.
“You want him to be up to the speed of the game,” Carroll said. “If you noticed, we took a long time in bringing Walter back. We could have elevated him immediately, but we wanted him to really go through the challenges of it, handle the rigors of the practice mode and then still have more time to get his legs back underneath him again because he had missed so much time.
“We seriously think that we’re fortunate that we have a guy of his caliber ready to step in.”
With Thurmond taking over for Browner, rookie
“I told (the coaches and my teammates) I’ll be ready, and this Sunday I’ll be able to prove that,” he said. “It’s sad that it had to happen that way, but if (Browner) had gone down with like a leg injury it would have been the same opportunity.
“So I just have to step up and take my opportunity.”
Even when those opportunities might include defending Fitzgerald.
“I expect them to come my way,” Lane said. “But hopefully when he comes my way I’ll shut it down, and they can stop picking on me.”
Thurmond shares Lane’s feeling that the rookie will be up to the challenge.
“I feel confident in Jeremy,” he said. “He’s made a lot of progress since he got here. He’s always improving and getting better.”
The same assessment would work for Thurmond.
“I finally get an opportunity,” Thurmond said. “Now, I’ve just got to make plays.”
Starting Sunday against Larry Fitzgerald.