OTAs basically ended on Wednesday (today is just some meetings and a light workout). And as noted in the practice report, one of the breakout players of the three-week session was fourth-year cornerback Walter Thurmond, (above in a Mark Harrison photo) who is healthy and playing well enough that he looms as a legit candidate to take over the nickelback spot, the position held last season my Marcus Trufant.
I wrote about Thurmond for today’s paper, detailing his recent run of bad luck with injuries — the knee injury that killed his last year at Oregon, two broken legs with the Seahawks and then two more hamstring pulls.
Thurmond said he got through it with this thought: “You just look at the hilltop. The goal is to get to the top of that peak and I’m just doing everything I can right now to get there. … Just being positive about the situation and never really getting down and always being optimistic regardless of what has happened.”
As the story details, the return of Thurmond would give Seattle one of the best sets of corners in the NFL, with starters Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner and free agent signee Antonie Winfield also in the mix.
That might allow Seattle to play more man coverage this year, something coach Pete Carroll said yesterday is more in line with what new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn wants to do, anyway.
“We’ve played quite a bit over the years but there may be,” he said. “I know Dan is a little more aggressive with his coverage calls, we’ll have to wait and see how that shows up. But we have the ability to, our matchups are good.’’
As for the cornerback spot, here’s what Carroll said: “Antoine brings a tremendous background. He’s done a lot, he’s played all the matchups and he’s succeeded at, he’s a very active football player. So he’s hard to get out of there because he’s just had so much background. But he’s got Walter pushing on him and Walter is a fantastic athlete with those young, fresh legs and he can make a lot of stuff happen. What it means to us is we feel like we can matchup, that we have no problem thinking matchups. There are some great slot players that we have to play and those guys can matchup and we will be able to play man-to-man and count on those guys to win their one-on-ones. So I feel more confident now than at any time in the years we have been here in the depth and that kind of experience there.’’
Here are a few more links. …
— Though first, another reminder we will chat live today at noon. Jayson Jenks, also part of our Seahawks’ coverage team, will also be on the chat;
— Here’s the wrapup from Seahawks.com;
— And more from Seahawks.com here;
— MyNorthwest.com writes about Richard Sherman and also has a good picture of his Monday interception, one of the plays of the OTAs;
— FieldGulls charts Seattle’s 2012 red zone offense;
— Here’s some video of one of the more memorable plays in team history from 1986;
— Here’s Mike Sando’s daily look around the NFC West;
— Sando also assesses what it means if Chris Clemons is healthy for the start of the season;
— Sando will also chat about the NFC West today at 10 a.m.;
— Here’s a review of the NFC West from the National Football Post;
— Our NFL roundup includes news that Ben Roethlisberger will need minor knee surgery.