You can take the cornerback out of Seattle, but apparently it's hard to take the Seattle out of the cornerback.
That's what Walter Thurmond showed on Tuesday when he started talking in the type of hyperbole that hasn't been heard around these parts since, well, the Seahawks left town with the Lombardi Trophy. Thurmond was signed as a free agent after helping the Seahawks win the Super Bowl last season and he said he thinks that the secondary the Giants have put together this offseason could be even better than the "Legion of Boom" group from the Great Northwest.
Thurmond was asked if the newly assembled group that includes him and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as newcomers with Prince Amukamara, Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown can be as good as the unit in Seattle.
"Most definitely, if not better in my opinion," Thurmond said. "It's just talented guys. In Seattle, we didn't have two first-rounders. We had a bunch of guys who were later-round picks, but who had first-round-caliber ability. We do have that potential. We just have to prove it this year."
Thurmond's role will be playing inside, and again he was not shy about his abilities in that position.
"I'm the best slot corner in the league, for sure," he said.
The Giants have only been together for two days, so it's hard to tell what exactly they can become. But the potential is certainly there for them to achieve some special things in the defensive backfield.
The potential is also there for it to flop.
"I think it can be a dynamic group," Rolle said. "We all know that no matter who you have in the unit, if you don't jell, if you don't have the chemistry, if you're not on the same page at the same time, it can be a disaster. So that's what we're here for right now . . . We're all here, we're all working together, we're all grinding together, we're all smiling together. That's a great start."
The additions could have an effect on the future of Amukamara. The Giants have until next weekend to decide whether to use the fifth-year option on him.
"Who wouldn't want the fifth-year option?" Amukamara said. "It shows that the team wants you, and who doesn't want to feel wanted?"
Regardless, Amukamara will be a Giant this season. He said his goal is to be the best cornerback on the team, something that will be a challenge with the addition of Rodgers-Cromartie.
"I think on paper we look real well, but we still have to go out and show it and play together," Amukamara said. "Usually when you go to camp you can kind of tell, 'This guy's a camp body, you just bring this guy in for camp,' but it doesn't seem like there's a lot of camp bodies. Everyone in our secondary can actually play and everyone has a shot. The competition's going to be great. That's always good to have good competition when you go to camp. That brings the best out of everybody and forces everyone not to relax."