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Monday Round-Up: Earl Thomas Named Seahawks' Most 'Pivotal' Player For 2016

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about the Seattle Seahawks.

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, September 5 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Earl Thomas Named Seahawks' Most 'Pivotal' Player For 2016

For The MMQB, Andy Benoit went through all 32 NFL clubs and listed the one player he believes is the most pivotal for that team's success in 2016. Safety Earl Thomas is Benoit's pick for the Seahawks: 

Most pundits find it impossible to pinpoint a single most valuable player on the Seahawks' stacked defense—but the name you hear most often is Earl Thomas. The seventh-year free safety is easy to overlook because so much of his impact is found in what doesn't happen—the routes he takes away, the coverages he rotates in and out of, the rushing lanes he fills in order to turn a 30-yard run into a less damaging 12-yarder. One of the unique dimensions of Seattle's scheme is that its deepest defender does not always play in straightaway centerfield. Against formations with extra wideouts Thomas cheats aggressively to the strong-receiver side. This puts him in a more direct line of help-coverage positioning—but it also means he has more ground to cover if the ball goes the other way. Many D's can't make that work, but Seattle's can because Thomas's range and awareness are unmatched.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from former Seahawks quarterback Jake Heaps (@theaps9), who tweeted his thanks to 12s and the organization. Heaps was waived over the weekend when Seattle trimmed its roster to 53.

More From Around The Web

Over the weekend, digital media reporter John Boyle broke down the 53-man roster position-by-position.

Now that Seattle's roster is set, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times has some questions for each position group.

Take a player-by-player look at the Seattle Seahawks 53-man roster following Saturday's NFL-mandated roster reduction.

On Friday, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners game on "Why Not You" night.

For 710 ESPN Seattle, John Clayton wrote about how Wilson is staying sharp on and off the field

Over at The Ringer, NFL writer Robert Mays has Wilson as his favorite to win the MVP award this season.

And Sheil Kapadia of ESPN wrote about the donation the Seahawks made to Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, Louisiana after the school suffered damages due to record flooding last month. 

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw out the first pitch during the Mariners Why Not You Night as fans could purchase special tickets that benefit his Why Not You Foundation.

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