Byron Maxwell's return to Seahawks comes with a punch

Published 8:05 p.m. ET Dec. 28, 2017

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Early in his first stint with the Seattle Seahawks, Byron Maxwell made a realization. With all the talent in Seattle’s secondary, he felt he needed something unique added to his game if he was going to find a way onto the field.

So he figured out a way to bring a bit of a punch — literally — to his game.

“It was one of my ways of staying on the field,” Maxwell said. “We had a lot of competition when I started getting on the field — Walter Thurmond, Brandon Browner — I was like, ‘I’ve got to stay on the field, so let me think of ways besides interceptions to stay on the field.’ That was just one of the ways.”

Now in his second stint with the Seahawks, Maxwell has again become a relied-upon starter for Seattle. And last week against Dallas, what has become one of Maxwell’s moves resurfaced and became a game-changing moment.

Maxwell punched the ball — literally — free from the hands of Dez Bryant during the second quarter of Seattle’s 21-12 win. The turnover was a significant momentum swing for the Seahawks, who forced three turnovers against the Cowboys and won handily despite doing very…

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