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Seahawks' Byron Maxwell to QBs: 'Keep coming at me'

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Byron Maxwell was a busy man opening week as Aaron Rodgers completely avoided Richard Sherman's side of the field.

The 26-year-old Seattle Seahawks corner has a message for quarterbacks planning on repeating the Packers' "Ignore Sherm" strategy:

"Keep coming at me," he told KIRO-AM on Thursday .

Maxwell was targeted 11 times in Week 1 -- fourth most -- and allowed nine catches for 79 yards, per Pro Football Focus.

The fourth-year pro has ideal size (6-foot-1) for the Seahawks' system and played well down the stretch last season after entering the starting lineup in Week 13. He also added a pick against the Packers last week. 

Maxwell understands teams are going to avoid Sherman, which gives the former more opportunities to make plays.

"I take it as earning my keep. Like I said, he's got 16 picks," Maxwell said. "He's earned that respect. I feel like I've got to earn that respect in this league for them not to come at me."

San Diego Chargers signal-caller Philip Rivers said this week he has no plans on avoiding Sherman in Sunday's matchup with Seattle.

"I certainly understand why," Rivers said of avoiding the corner's side, per ESPN.com. "(Sherman) is a great corner. But at the same time, I think you have to be smart. It's not one of the deals that you want to go after him by any means. But our approach is not going to be to completely eliminate (Sherman) and not throw over there any."

For the Chargers' quick-pass, no-huddle offense to work, Rivers can't ignore one side of the field as he diagnoses the defense. Sherman should see his first action of the season Sunday -- even if it's not a heavy dose.

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