A day after Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that cornerback Walter Thurmond has “shown up” during camp — some of the highest praise a player can receive this time of year — Thurmond appeared to show up even more.
Thurmond got a lot of work with the first defensive unit today in the team’s 10th practice of camp alongside Richard Sherman, with Brandon Browner apparently healthy but getting some rest.
And Thurmond continued what has been a good camp with a few highlight plays, including a diving tap away of a pass intended for Golden Tate thrown by Tarvaris Jackson.
“He’s done very well,” Carroll said on Sunday. “Right now he’s trying to win that nickel spot. that’s the first thing, and he wants cornerback too, and he can do both. He’s shown up, mostly in the nickel spot, a place that we have always wanted to get him because of his great quickness and play-making ability.”
The good play by Thurmond is a continuation of what he did in the spring, when he showed he was healthy after battling some pretty serious injuries the last few years — here’s a story from June with those details.
Thurmond’s rise has made what already was a loaded cornerback spot that much more competitive.
“This is going to be a real battle between him and Antoine (Winfield) at that (nickelback) spot,” Carroll said. “Antoine is a gifted football player. With Walter being as healthy as he has been, it really has been a great boost for us to see him and for his confidence to be up is great to see. He has been playing well.”
Here are a few more notes from today. …
— The team was in shells and has been in full pads just twice and likely won’t be again until the game Thursday in San Diego.
— C Max Unger was maybe the most notable new player sitting out today. Carroll did not talk to the media afterward so we did not get details, but it did not appear serious.
— Also out for the team sessions today was guard James Carpenter. Again unclear what the issue may have been there.
— Also among those out for all of practice was WR Bryan Walters, the Juanita High grad who has been impressing with his receiving and returning; DE Michael Bennett, LB Bruce Irvin, RB Robert Turbin, DT Jesse Williams and WR Stephen Williams. Carroll said on Sunday that Irvin is just being rested. Stephen Williams remains out with the neck issue suffered in the scrimmage Friday.
— Also out today was recent free agent signee WR Early Doucet, who had practiced for the first time Sunday. Again, not sure what the situation is there.
— Carroll had praised the play of Jesse Williams on Sunday and it’s probable this was just a rest day for his knee.
— Unclear what the situation is with Bennett — he had practiced Sunday.
— Turbin has been cleared to practice but Carroll had said he was likely to participate only in the walk-through today.
— With Unger out, Lemuel Jeanpierre handled most of the duties at center with the No. 1 offense.
— With Carpenter out, Rishaw Johnson got the snaps at guard with the No. 2 offense.
— Cornerback Jeremy Lane, who missed some time last, appears healthy and had two interceptions today, returning one for a touchdown.
— Tate had one of the highlight plays of the day with a leaping grab between two defenders of a deep pass from Jackson.
— Free agent Benson Mayowa continues to have a good camp and was especially impressive today in the pass-rush drills.
— WR Phil Bates also continues to have a solid camp and also had one of the plays of the day with a long grab in traffic down the sideline of a deep pass from Brady Quinn. Quinn also had a long completion to Arceto Clark later in the team session.
— Doug Baldwin, who was held out for the scrimmage on Friday, appears back to full health and had a few catches.
— One player who was back to action today was TE Michael Palmer.
You can see some video below of Thurmond, as well as receiver Chris Harper: