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Thursday Round-Up: Earl Thomas introduces 'Area 29' web series

Posted Jul 17, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, July 17 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Area 29 Episode 1: Camp ET3

Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas recently held a youth football camp in his hometown of Orange, Texas and while there he took the time to launch his "Area 29" web series.

In his debut episode, Thomas talks about what it was like to grow up in the small Texas town and about what his camp means to the tight-knit community of 18.595.

“My camp is very influential to kids, especially in the Golden Triangle,” Thomas said. “When you’ve been able to impact on a TV screen, kids are looking at that. So when they see you in real life, they’re stunned and you’re definitely a role model.”

Seahawks.com team photographer Rod Mar was also at Thomas' camp, and he put together a detailed recap of the day's events.

Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas Headline List Of NFL's Most-Dynamic Safeties

Former Seahawks scout Bucky Brooks tabs strong safety Kam Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas as two of the League's 10 most-dynamic safeties. Chancellor and Thomas rank at No. 5 and No. 1, respectively, on Brooks' list.

On No. 5 Chancellor, Brooks says, "At a time when throwback safeties seemingly are being phased out of the league, Chancellor remains a fixture on this list as the ultimate enforcer between the hashes. The 6-foot-3, 232-pounder drops the hammer on receivers venturing over the middle, as evidenced by the teeth-rattling shot delivered on Demaryius Thomas in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Pro Bowler also boasts sneaky athleticism, fine instincts and keen awareness. Chancellor is the master of running under comebacks from the curl/flat position in the zone, as you can see here. With Chancellor also capable of beating up tight ends at the line of scrimmage -- Jimmy Graham had one catch against Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs -- the Seahawks can lean on their versatile eraser to wreak havoc on opponents."


And on No. 1 Thomas, Brooks writes, "The leader of the "Legion of Boom" has become the new prototype at the position. Initial concerns about his size seem laughable now. Thomas is a forceful presence against the run, displaying a non-stop motor and relentless spirit that routinely place him around the ball. He is a fearless hitter with a penchant for delivering big shots on runners in the hole. As a pass defender, Thomas is an aggressive ballhawk who flies to the football. His attacking style has produced 15 career interceptions in four seasons, including five in 2013. Lastly, Thomas' ultra-competitive demeanor sets the tone for the Seahawks' secondary, driving the group to play with the swagger that's made it one of the most feared units in football. Thus, if I'm building a defense from scratch, I want this versatile superstar calling the shots in the back end."

Seahawks Win "Best Team" ESPY; Richard Sherman Named "Best Breakthrough Athlete"

The Seahawks took home the award for "Best Team" at last night's ESPYS in Los Angeles, Calif., beating out  the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, World Series champion Boston Red Sox, Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, NCAA football champion Florida State, and NCAA women’s basketball champion University of Connecticut. And to start the ceremony, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was named "Best Breakthrough Athlete."

Our Seahawks.com cameras caught several one-on-one interviews from the red carpet prior to last night's show, and in case you missed it, we recapped the night's best social media reactions.

Tweet of the Day 

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from ESPN's SportsNation, who had this to say about former Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond's wild outfit at last night's ESPY awards.

More From Around The Web

The Seahawks introduced a unique way for you to win tickets throughout the 2014 season.

Seahawks.com's Clare Farnsworth talks with left tackle Russell Okung about his Summer Meals program for area youth.

Greg Bishop of TheMMQB.com profiles former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, who has settled in the Seattle area.

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com explains why rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson will excel in Seattle.

Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com shows some love for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll as one of 10 figures with the biggest impact on today's game.

Q13 FOX Sports Director Aaron Levine comes at us with part two of his exclusive one-on-one interview with Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.

Terry Blount of ESPN.com examines three key issues facing the Seahawks as they ready to opening training camp next week. Blount also looks at how Seattle's offense stacks up from a season ago.

NewYorkJets.com applies Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's "Why not us?" mantra to their 2014 season.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com shares his preseason ranks of the League's wide receivers.

And NFL.com has a look back at athlete fashion from last night's ESPYS awards.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto

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