For Toomer, an eye on Seattle, playbook

September, 4, 2014
Sep 4
IRVING, Texas – As he entered last weekend, Korey Toomer thought he would be playing tonight for the Seattle Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers to start the NFL season.

Instead he is in the Dallas Cowboys' locker room, wearing the star on his helmet for just the second day.

Toomer was a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft by the Seahawks, but he did not play a game in his two seasons. He missed his rookie year with a shoulder injury and did not play last year because of a knee injury.

He earned coach Pete Carroll’s praise for his offseason work, but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Toomer was caught in a “competitive situation up there. It’s not an easy team to make.”

Now Toomer finds himself trying to learn the Cowboys’ defensive and special teams’ schemes quickly so he can play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

“I’m definitely going to watch Seattle tonight, there’s no bad strings between us, no lost ties or anything,” Toomer said. “When they found out, they contacted me and they wished me the best. They’re looking out for me.”

His linebackers coach Ken Norton won Super Bowls for Jerry Jones in the 1990s. Toomer said, “he’s kind of like a mentor, a role model for me besides my father.”

And Norton gave him some advice about playing for the Cowboys.

“He told me about some places to go eat, go try, told me about his old stomping grounds,” Toomer said. “He told me to hone in on my craft and don’t forget anything I got taught from him; just keep playing ball and to read and be mental. This is a mental game.”

The Cowboys and Seahawks play similar 4-3 schemes, but the terminology is different. Having former Seattle teammate Kenneth Boatright on the Cowboys’ practice squad has helped him get adjusted to the scheme.

Toomer is looking forward to playing in a real game.

“It’s been a long time,” he said. “You know what, I’m just holding it all in, bottling it all up and whenever the coaches let me go, I’m going to do my best and I’m going to fly around and make plays.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter



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