The New York Giants secondary certainly is a confident bunch. It's something that came as a bit of a surprise to linebacker Jameel McClain, who said after the team's preseason finale against the New England Patriots that the group had "plenty of swagger" dating back to Organized Team Activities (OTAs). And that "swagger" is something that was displayed again on Wednesday as cornerback Walter Thurmond III, much like Prince Amukamara before him, didn't shy away from questions about Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
"Everyone knows he's a talented guy, you know, but being a big receiver, he has some weaknesses for sure," Thurmond told The Star-Ledger. "Being able to get in and out of his cuts and breaks and stuff. Of course, he's good with yards after the catch and jump balls, but there is no perfect receiver. Everyone has some weaknesses and it's about understanding what those weaknesses are, watching film and exposing them."
While Thurmond's statement is very much a reality — as it would be for any receiver in the league — it's most certainly a comment that will be taken as a slight from Johnson and his Lions teammates.
However, it's not the first shot (if you even want to call it that) fired across the bow. That honor can be bestowed upon Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who said back in early July that Detroit "looked forward to spoiling the start to the Giants' season."
"It's going to be a lot of fun. We owe something to the Giants. They knocked us out of the playoffs last year. We look forward to the opportunity of returning the favor and spoiling the beginning of their season," Suh said.
If nothing else, the Monday Night Football matchup between the Giants and Lions will have no shortage of confident defenders.
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