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Thurmond's Pick-Six Highlights 'D'

Posted Aug 29, 2015

GREEN BAY, WI –The safety position, unfamiliar to Walter Thurmond when the idea was presented to him shortly after the Eagles signed him as an unrestricted free agent, is like a second skin now. That’s how far Thurmond has come, and it showed on Saturday night when he came up big for the Philadelphia defense.

Thurmond’s interception and 28-yard return for a touchdown against quarterback Brett Hundley was one of the many highlights in the Eagles’ 39-26 victory at Lambeau Field.

"It’s just another example of what he does in practice every day," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "He had at least an interception a day and he showed up the last couple of games. He’s always in the right spot, around the ball.  He’s got a great feel for the game and tonight he was in the right place at the right time and took it to the house. Hopefully we’ll see more of that.

"Those are the things we saw in him when we signed him. He has great vision and good football instincts. He sees the field well."

The Eagles have been pleased with Thurmond’s progress since he moved from cornerback to safety and gained the starting job next to Malcolm Jenkins, saying that Thurmond has consistently been around the football. On Saturday night, he was more than “around the football.” He stepped in front of tight end Richard Rodgers, who ran a hook route and slipped and fell at the top of the route, and made the interception, high-stepping the final few yards into the end zone.

It was a sweet moment for Thurmond and a great boost of momentum for a secondary that, with the exception of Jenkins, has been overhauled since last season. The Eagles allowed a league-worst 72 plays of 20-plus passing yards in 2014 and have permitted only 11 in their three preseason victories.

"It’s funny because these preseason games are really the world’s first glimpse of him at the safety position, but we’ve been seeing him there since the offseason, since OTAs," Jenkins said. "These are the types of plays he’s been making consistently, whether he’s punching the ball down, reading interceptions, just making big plays. It’s very, very, very good to see him take a step into that role."

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