In three games, Thurmond has set a single-season career-high in interceptions with two. He picked up a couple in the preseason as well and has routinely been in good position in the secondary during his brief time with the Eagles.
For someone playing his first season ever at safety, Thurmond has been the Eagles' anchor next to safety Malcolm Jenkins.
Most thought he would play cornerback, but Chip Kelly announced Thursday that Thurmond has moved to safety, per nj.com.
Thurmond said the coaching staff approached him about the idea some time ago, giving him the option to compete at either position.
"It was a couple weeks ago, just after the draft, they asked me how I would feel about moving to safety,'' Thurmond said. "They said I could stay and compete at corner, or I could move to safety and compete there. After drafting three corners, even though some of them might be safeties, they thought it would be better for me at safety. I'm good with it. I just want to play."
The move is intriguing given that Thurmond has never played a game at the safety position, but he isn't concerned too much about that.
"I've played it in practice, but never in a game,'' Thurmond said. "In this defense, though, it's not much different than playing in the nickel.''
"We got better on the outside, which we struggled at last year,” Ryans said, per ESPN. “We had a lot of struggles there on the outside at the corner position, so I feel we've upgraded there with (Byron)
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