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July 9, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Richard Sherman: “The message is still the same”

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman appeared on the NFL Network’s Total Access show last night — you can watch some of it here.

Sherman reiterated some of what he has said before — that he thinks the Seahawks can be even better this year, and that the message entering the season is the same as it was in 2013. He also said considers himself the best cornerback in the NFL.

Here are some of those quotes:

On who he thinks the best cornerback in the NFL is: “The answer hasn’t changed. Unless the stats have changed somehow. I think I still led the league in the thing that matters most.”

On if preparing for camp this year has been tougher than in previous years: “Not really. The message is still the same, the grind is still the same, the mindset is still the same. We have a bunch of hungry individuals out there in Seattle ready to go wreak havoc again. That’s the plan. In the secondary with Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor], myself, Byron [Maxwell]; we have some young dudes [Tharold] Simon, [Jeremy] Lane that are going to make some noise. We have Marshawn [Lynch] as always; Percy [Harvin] is healthy this year, Doug Baldwin obviously ready to step up.”

On if this year’s team could be better than last year’s team: “I think it could. I think it could just for the simple fact that there’s a lot more experience. A bunch of young guys last year; obviously people forget Russell [Wilson was] a second-year quarterback going into his third year – there is going to be a lot of growth there for him. I’m going into my fourth [season], Earl [Thomas] and Kam [Chancellor] going into their fifth, Bobby Wagner going into his third. We have some young guys coming up in the [defensive] line that are going to do some things. Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril are another year experienced. Jermaine Kearse for example, I think he’s going to have a big year. Just guys elevating their game to another level.”

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