Thursday Round-Up: Earl Thomas Among NFL.com's 'Rising' Defensive Players Heading Into The 2017 Season

NFL.com looked at which players boosted their stocks heading into the 2017 regular season more than a week into the preseason.

Good afternoon, 12s. 

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

Which NFL Players Are On The Rise?

Former NFL cornerback and NFL Network analyst Ike Taylor took note of defenders he believes boosted their stocks heading into the 2017 regular season more than a week into the preseason. Taylor not only looked at young players across the league, but veterans making their way back from injuries, too. 

Among the five players Taylor selected for his story was Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who returned to the field in Seattle's preseason opener last Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers for the first time since sustaining a serious leg injury last December against Carolina:

*How on earth can Thomas' stock rise, you ask? It's simple. After he suffered a season-ending leg injury in December, we could certainly tell the Seahawks missed the five-time Pro Bowler just as much as he missed being out there. Now, Thomas, who seriously considered retirement after the injury, is back with the Legion of Boom and hasn't missed a step. It's common for players to tiptoe back onto the field after a major injury, but Thomas has shown no such deficiency. His confidence is higher than ever -- get ready for Seattle's traffic-control guy to make some splash plays right out of the gate. It looks to me like he's going to fly around to another first-team All-Pro nod, something he hasn't had since 2014. *

Pro Shop Item Of The Week 

Today's "Pro Shop Item of the Week" are their Action Green jerseys, which are back in stock with the regular season home opener approaching:

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Tweet Of The Day 

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from the USAA, who stopped by the final day of Seahawks training camp (open to the public) yesterday: 

https://twitter.com/USAA/status/897918465058652160 

More From Around The Web 

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Seahawks center Justin Britt received a contract extension this afternoon. 

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett looked like his old self at practice Wednesday. 

Tom Cable discussed the position battles and progression he's seen from the offensive line. 

John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle says the addition of cornerback Tramaine Brock gives the Seahawks good flexibility at the positon. 

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett discussed his decision to sit for the national anthem on ESPN's "SC6." 

Finally, Tony Cincotta of the FNTSY Sports Radio Network examines if Doug Baldwin is an underrated fantasy football wide receiver this year. 

Take a look back at some of the best photos of Justin Britt as the Seahawks center signs a 3-year contract extension with the club.

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