Much like the Seattle Seahawks elite cornerback duo of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, Jeremy Lane seemingly came out of nowhere. The 2012 sixth-rounder from Northwestern State merely secured himself a spot on roster and, when Browner was forced to miss four games due to suspension, Lane came up huge for the ‘Hawks defense.
It’s hard to expect a sixth-round rookie to light the world on fire — he didn’t — but Lane did hold his own during his first two career starts in Week 15 and 16 last season. After getting his first NFL regular-season snaps the week prior, Lane responded quickly by yielding a positive Pro Football Focus grade and his starts against the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.
Both of these contests featured Seattle doling massive blowouts and showed exactly the type of quality depth this Seahawks secondary has. This unit already boasts starters Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and the aforementioned cornerbacks, but I guess the rich get richer.
Lane, Walter Thurmond and the depth of this unit deserve some of their own props.
“That’s one of the cool parts about it,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said, via the team website. “If you’re on that 53 (man roster) and you step up to do something it’s like, ‘What a cool opportunity to show somebody, I am this good. This is something I’ve been training my whole life to do. I’m getting my opportunity.’
“I don’t look at it like the guy should go in and be like, ‘Huh.’ Or that the guy shouldn’t have to go in the game and feel like, ‘Man, I’ve really got to do something. I’ve got to prepare differently now.’ It’s not a case of, ‘Oh, I’d better really start preparing now.’ If the guy’s really on it, he’s been preparing that way all along.