One player who has steadily improved since training camp is Seattle Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond. The University of Oregon product was thrown into the starting lineup for the second time in a month against Chicago when Kelly Jennings suffered a hamstring injury in the first half, and despite being targeted several times he responded with five tackles and two pass break ups.
One of the reasons for Thurmond’s improvement is it’s been over a year since his knee surgery, so he’s playing without a brace and has increased mobility.
But Thurmond also is playing faster and with more confidence now that he better understands Seattle’s scheme. And he understands opposing offenses will find him when he’s in the game.
“I’m going to be aware of that every time I’m on the field because I’m a rookie,” he said. “But I want them to come at me. I want to make those plays. So keep on coming, you know. You just want to go out there and compete.”
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