"I’m the best slot corner in the league. I’ll say that for sure." - Giants CB Walter Thurmond.
Last season, the Seattle Seahawks' secondary dominated opponents en route to a Super Bowl championship. Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond formed the "Legion of Boom," shutting down the league's best passing attacks on a weekly basis.
Thurmond is now a Giant, and in his first rap session with the NY beat pool yesterday made that bold statement printed above. He's new. In time, he'll realize his whereabouts.
The truth is, Thurmond could very well become the best at what he does, but he's not there yet. Last year, he registered just one INT to go along with a modest 33 total tackles. By contrast, the Eagles' Brandon Boykin had six INTs (Kempski).
One can't help but to be optimistic about the Giants' revamped secondary that includes players such as Antrel Rolle, Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Stevie Brown.
"We have the potential to be the best in the league," added Thurmond. "That’s going to come down to our preparation now, really understanding how we all play in our different talent sets and stuff like that and really moving forward and really challenging each other during practice. That’s where it starts during that competition in practice. That just transfers over to the game. If one person makes a play, I know for sure the next person will make that play. You just rise to the level of your competition. I think we’re all capable of that."
The time for talk will be over soon. We'll see if Thurmond can live up to his boasts.