Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, July 21 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks Earn Mentions On 'Safety Podium'
In advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, 19 analysts at NFL.com are holding a medal competition at nine key NFL positions, ranking the top three players at each spot and awarding points to each based on first-, second-, and third-place ranks before honoring the top vote-getters with gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Today, the League site took a look at the game's top safeties, and Seahawks free safey Earl Thomas takes home the NFL's silver medal, while strong safety Kam Chancellor was in several analysts' top three.
Here's what NFL.com had to say about Thomas and Chancellor:
Willie McGinest: Thomas has a nose for the football and is a playmaker on all levels. He's been a huge part of the Seattle defense's success.
Gregg Rosenthal: Thomas' uncanny range, sure tackling and smarts -- and the fact that he has been doing it at such a high level for so long -- give the Seahawks safety a slight edge over Honey Badger.
Charley Casserly:Thomas consistently has been one of the best deep safeties in the game.
Elliot Harrison: Last season was not the best campaign for either Earl Thomas or Kam Chancellor, as both were affected by Chancellor's holdout. This year, the Seahawks will have two All-Pro safeties ... but one of them will have to accept second-team honors.
Michael Robinson: The Seahawks have the best duo at the safety position: Thomas and Chancellor are playmakers on every level.
Shaun O'Hara:Thomas is the ultimate playmaker, whether it's a hit on a running back or he's baiting a QB to make a poor pass. ... Chancellor is just so physical and intimidating.
Bucky Brooks: The leader of the "Legion of Boom" is the natural center fielder with outstanding range and ball skills who wears No. 29. Thomas will freelance a bit, but it's hard to knock a guy who routinely comes up with big plays based on his calculated guesses.
*Solomon Wilcots: Chancellor is an impact player and a wicked tackler. *
Adam Schein: I won't let an off year downgrade either Seahawk stud. They are both fierce hitters, ballhawks and playmakers.
*Eric Davis: Thomas is potentially the rangiest guy at the position and is such a solid tackler. *
Adam Rank: I remember I was stunned when Pete Carroll went with ET over Taylor Mays in the 2010 NFL Draft. I thought Mays was going to be an excellent pro player -- hey, we can't always nail these picks -- but Thomas has made a fool of me.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who took home the gold medal in NFL.com's top safety exercise above but was quick to show his respect for the Seahawks' Earl Thomas.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle continues his 2016 preview series with a look at who will start at strongside linebacker after Bruce Irvin signed with the Oakland Raiders in free agency this offseason.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times wonders how cornerback Jeremy Lane will respond to receiving a new contract from the Seahawks this offseason.
Q13 FOX catches up with Garry Gilliam on his transition from right to left tackle in Seattle's offense.
Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com comments on quarterback Russell Wilson's 2016 outlook.
John Clayton at 710Sports.com isn't a fan of the NFL potentially narrowing the field goal post uprights.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com predicts the Seahawks' starting lineup for Week 1.
And at NFL.com, Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark appears on Bucky Brooks' list of 10 players poised to breakout in their second seasons.
Check out the best photos of Seahawks linebackers at the team's 2016 offseason workout program.