Cornerback Walter Thurmond spent last season with the Seahawks and was part of a secondary that many considered to be the best in football.
Thurmond has taken his talents to East Rutherford, New Jersey, but he thinks there’s still a chance to be part of the league’s top group of defensive backs. Thurmond met the media on Tuesday and showed that a bit of Richard Sherman has rubbed off on him by calling himself the league’s best slot corner. Putting that corner with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle, Prince Amukamara and others leaves Thurmond shooting for the moon.
“We have the potential to be the best secondary in the league,” Thurmond said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
That secondary looks like it will take a hit with safety Will Hill facing the third suspension of his brief NFL career, one that Vacchiano reports will end his time with the Giants whether or not his appeal is successful. Hill’s absence may not hurt all that much, although it must be noted that a powerful pass rush helped the Seahawks defensive backs immensely last season and that the Giants failed to produce one on their way to a 7-9 record.
They’ll hope a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul recovers the form he’s been missing the last two years to spur that pass rush and put a talented back end in position to make Thurmond look prescient and bring the Giants back to the playoffs in 2014.