Byron Maxwell earned his money in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. The big story coming out of that game was that Richard Sherman wasn’t challenged by Aaron Rodgers once during the entire game. Instead, the primary target was Jordy Nelson, who was being defended by the 26-year old Maxwell.
Maxwell was targeted 11 times during that game. He held his own, only allowing nine catches for 79 yards, and snagging himself an interception. While some corners may take it as an insult that a QB would feel so comfortable challenging them so often, Maxwell welcomes the attention.
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“Keep coming at me.” This is the message Byron Maxwell delivered to QBs league-wide via KIRO-AM. He is likely to get his wish, as it is clear that Richard Sherman’s play has painted a giant NO FLY ZONE sign on his half of the field.
Coach Pete Carroll loves what Maxwell brings to the team. At 6’1″ and 207 lbs, he is physically built to the ideal stature of a Seahawks DB. He is physical, relentless, has a high motor, and is anxious to prove he belongs.
Keep in mind, Maxwell was not the primary CB to complement Richard Sherman and the rest of the ‘Legion Of Boom.’ Originally it was Brandon Browner, and when a suspension pushed him out of the way, Walter Thurmond was the next man in line. Now that both Thurmond and Browner are on other teams, it’s finally Maxwells’ time to shine, and he is more than ready for the opportunity.
Byron Maxwell has said that it is his goal to help Sherman shut down both sides of the field. How terrifying would it be if he can live up to his own expectations, and develop into a shut-down CB?
There is no reason to believe he can’t. He is young, in good company, and has the perfect coaching staff to help him reach his goals. As the season continues to unfold, expect to see his value on the team rise significantly.