RENTON, Wash. – Kelly Jennings can admit it now.
The Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback lost his confidence a couple of years ago, which is not good if you’re an NFL defensive back.
“I’m humbled now,” said the former University of Miami star. “This league can do that to you. I’m at a spot and in a place where I realize that this is a business and a game that I love to play.
“I’ve been given opportunities. I’ve been up and down. And now I have an opportunity again.”
The Seahawks will start Jennings in today’s 1:15 p.m. regular-season opener against San Francisco at Qwest Field. The Seahawks just traded two-year starter Josh Wilson, and rookie Walter Thurmond isn’t ready for a full-time workload.
Jennings has shuffled in and out of the lineup so often the past four seasons he almost bristled when it was suggested he’s making a comeback.
“Not a comeback,” he said. “I’ve heard that before. I’ve still got a lot to prove. I haven’t won anything. I didn’t win a spot. The team made the choice they made and all I can do is go be the best I can be and let the chips fall where they may.”
Jennings, who graduated early from Miami with a finance degree and earned a second bachelor’s degree in business management, talked a lot about perspective and a rocky history with the Seahawks.
At 5-foot-11, Jennings has the height Carroll likes in cornerbacks, although his playmaking skills are questionable. He has just one interception and needs to improve on his ballhawking ability.
He’ll get plenty of chances this season to make plays because opposing quarterbacks will likely avoid throwing at Trufant, who played like a Pro Bowler in exhibition games.
“I know teams are probably going to challenge me more because Tru does have his swag back and he’s playing well,” Jennings said. “So that’s just a challenge to me. I’ve got to be ready. Study film and do what I got to do.”
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