Walter Thurmond shifted to safety from cornerback, a move that could provide more playing time for him given the Philadelphia Eagles' talent at the cornerback position.
"I chose to go to the safety because of the defense we play - there's going to be a lot of opportunities to make plays on the ball," Thurmond told the Philadelphia Inquirer "They felt confident in me to be able to move to that position."
It was Thurmond's decision, one that the coaching staff encouraged.
Thurmond practiced at the position at Oregon.
"He's always around the ball," Eagles coach Kelly said. "I think he's had a lot of experience playing nickel, so he's been an inside guy. He can see things. He's very intelligent. He's an intuitive football player. He is the first guy out of that corner mix that is getting a shot at inside."
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.