The Power Punch: Byron Maxwell’s Specialty

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Cornerbacks aren’t usually known as the best on NFL defenses at stripping the football from ball carriers. But during the Seahawks’ 21-12 victory at Dallas on Sunday, Maxwell recorded his 11th career forced fumble when he jabbed it away from wide receiver Dez Bryant in the second quarter, leading to a Seattle touchdown.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that he thought Maxwell (five solo tackles, one pass defended, one forced fumble) played his best game since returning to the team in early November.

“He was solid across the board, aggressive in coverage and tackled well,” Carroll said. “He looked like he was on it.”

Maxwell said after he was selected by Seattle in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Clemson, he immediately came to the conclusion he had to showcase a different skill “besides interceptions” to stay on the field with fellow rookies Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, and first-year regular Walter Thurmond in the mix for cornerback roster spots.

Maxwell paid close attention to a series of videos the defensive staff would show of Tillman — the NFL’s all-time leader for cornerbacks with 44 forced fumbles who’s nickname was Peanut — punching the football out of the hands of wide receivers and running backs. TheNewsTribune


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