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Walter Thurmond, Safety
The Philadelphia Eagles before the season were looking at a brutal scenario at the safety position. The team had the above average Malcolm Jenkins at one spot and a bunch of unproven players fighting for the other starting spot. Guys like Earl Wolff, Jaylen Watkins, Chris Maragos, Ed Reynolds, and Jerome Couplin were next in line. This was a terrible group, most of them are just special teams players nothing more, and some aren’t very good at either safety or special teams. The team didn’t draft a safety either so it was just a bad situation.
That was until the Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly decided to move corner Walter Thurmond to safety. Kelly mentioned the fact that Thurmond was always around the ball and just made plays. So far Thurmond has three interceptions, the most for a safety so far in the entire NFL, and his run support and tackling have been great. The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t had this kind of dynamic safety play since Brian Dawkins. Thurmond has the instincts of a corner and plays the field extremely well. Walter Thurmond has been a very nice surprise to everyone.
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