RENTON — Richard Sherman enjoys attention.
Whether it’s from a group visiting practice or the media, he’s open and available.
During last weekend’s game in Atlanta, he had Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s full attention. Ryan showed that by rarely looking to the right side of the field where Sherman lined up. He didn’t pass toward him once.
That lack of engagement, leaving Sherman on a so-called “island” because he spends the day alone, isn’t sitting well.
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“I don’t want to be an island. I don’t like that,” Sherman said. “I want to be more of a tourist
attraction. I want to be the guy where you stop here, I take your money and you go. Everybody has a good day. I don’t want to be an island.”
He might have to get used to being a soloist as the next part of his NFL career. Sherman is tied for third in the NFL in interceptions with four, one off the lead.
After being named All-Pro by the Associated Press last season, Sherman is receiving an increasing amount of respect from opponents.
Teams will get to choose between throwing at Sherman or the backup to fellow corner Brandon Browner, who is out because of a groin injury.
That means Sherman will be disengaged because he’s highly regarded.
Sherman repeats that he’s not a good enough athlete to make physical ability his lone attribute. He watches film often. He’ll even swipe through plays on his laptop while in bed.
He’ll show up to cornerback meetings and call out routes based on formations that he remembers from the year before or through his film work.
“I think it starts really with the early part of the week with (defensive backs coach) Kris (Richard),” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said of Sherman’s knowledge. “His mental quickness is really right there. In the meeting room, where he was sitting next to me, he was calling out a play before it came just from a formation that happened to him in the playoff game against Atlanta from last year. So yeah, he’s really on his game.”
WR HARVIN’S STATUS FOR SUNDAY UNKNOWN
Still no word if wide receiver Percy Harvin will play Sunday against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings.
But Harvin moved from limited participation in Wednesday’s practice to a full participant Thursday.
That leaves Friday’s practice, which is more of a walk-through, as the Seahawks’ final full look at Harvin.
The Seahawks also must make a cut from the 53-man roster this weekend when they are expected to activate left tackle Russell Okung from the short-term injured reserve list.
The CenturyLink Field gates will open an hour earlier, at 10 a.m., for the rest of the season. ... Cornerback and special-teams gunner Jeremy Lane did not participate in Thursday’s practice because of a thigh bruise. ... Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has not participated in practice all week because of a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday against Atlanta.