No matter his role, Thornton will prepare for any eventuality. If the 6-foot-3, 334-pounder has learned anything in his brief NFL career, it's that everything can change — for better or worse — on a single snap.
"That's the way it goes in football," Thornton said. "It's unfortunate. I've been there. Other people have been there as well. When the opportunity comes, you got to take it. You got to run with it and do your best to help the team as a unit."