SAN DIEGO -- Exposed?
According to a report from U-T San Diego, multiple Chargers used that word to describe the vociferous cornerback's play over the weekend.
Chargers second-year receiver Keenan Allen publicly expressed the strongest sentiment on Sherman.
"He's just a normal guy," Allen said. "We can go at him. We are not going to shy away from him. He's not really a shutdown corner."
Sherman left the locker room after the game without talking to reporters, but responded in a conversation with reporters in Seattle on Wednesday.
"I played pretty well," Sherman said. "But it's really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards [Allen had five receptions for 55 yards], and one had 60 [Eddie Royal had seven receptions for 69 yards]. It makes you laugh."
Before Sherman's comments were known on Wednesday, receivers in San Diego's locker room spoke glowingly about the most vocal member of the Legion of Boom.
"Richard's a great player," Royal said. "I don't think the game changed my opinion about him. It made me have that much more respect for him, and the way he competes. He's a physical player. He's a smart player, and I think he's as good as advertised.
"He's one of the best in the game, and there's no question about that in anybody's mind."
Added receiver Malcom Floyd: "I wouldn't say he was exposed. I don't know if that's the correct word to use. I just think we did better than the few teams that have played him, and made some plays on him. I think he's one of the best corners in the league. So I wouldn't say he's been exposed."
Safety Eric Weddle echoed similar comments about Sherman on the Jim Rome Show.
"He's going to be targeted every time you go out there -- we all know that," Weddle said. "He knows that. We got a couple catches on him, but like he said, he didn't give up any touchdowns or big plays -- maybe a couple of third downs. But you're going to have to do a lot more than that to be exposed."
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said heading into the contest that he wouldn't shy away from Sherman, and that was the case over the weekend. However, San Diego's veteran quarterback said he's ready to focus on his team's next opponent, the Buffalo Bills.
"We've moved on from that," Rivers said. "Keenan was great. And like I told y'all going in, I thought No. 41 (Byron Maxwell) on the other side was a heck of a corner also."