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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks FS Earl Thomas Is One Of The NFL's Best Teammates

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


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, June 4 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Earl Thomas Makes Everybody's Job Easier

Chris Burke at takes a look around the League to identify what non-quarterbacks make their teammates' football lives better.

It's a short list, but it includes one Seahawk - free safety Earl Thomas, who earns mention alongside Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, and Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Here's what Burke had to say about why Seattle's Thomas made his cut:

There has been great deal of talk over the past few seasons about how teams keep trying to replicate Seattle's approach at cornerback. The issue those copycats keep coming across is that Thomas is a singular talent and the most irreplaceable piece of the Seahawks' attack.

Having Richard Sherman locking down one side of the field no doubt helps everyone else on that defense, but Thomas' otherworldly play on the back end frees up Sherman and his counterparts to take chances.

"Earl is a phenomenal player," Brady said ahead of the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl matchup. "He covers a lot of ground. He's so rangy back there. He's got great field vision. He's a very disciplined player in his assignments. He does a great job reading the quarterback. I'm conscious of that.

"You can't just look at exactly where you're going to throw it, just fire it in there and see if he can make the play because he's proven time and time again that he can make those plays."

Marshawn Lynch Is Seattle's Most-Intriguing Figure 

Jason La Canfora at has a team-by-team look at the most-intriguing figures across the NFC. In Seattle, La Canfora settles on running back Marshawn Lynch.

On the Seahawks 'Beast Mode' back, La Canfora says,* "Whether he talks, or doesn't talk, whether he calls it quits after 2015, we'll certainly be talking about him, regardless. Never one to give a damn what anyone else thinks about him, Seattle rewarded him again with another new contract in the offseason aimed at keeping him as the cornerstone of their offense. That move shows a priority on keeping that run game intact, in some ways even over extending star quarterback Russell Wilson, who remains on his bare-bones rookie contract. Getting another big raise at an age in which most running backs get cut will thrust plenty of pressure back on his shoulders, not that anything has ever rattled him before. His hard-nosed approach sets the tone for their team, and if there is a third straight Super Bowl appearance you know he will have to be a big part of it."*

Seahawks Host Town Hall

Last night at the Paul Allen-owned Cinerama in downtown Seattle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, assistant head coach/offense Tom Cable, and assistant head coach/defense Rocky Seto talked with Seahawks season-ticket holders about their coaching philosophy and the 2015 season.

You can watch the hour-plus session with Seattle's coaches in the video embedded above.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from NFL Network, which tries to settle the best-cornerback-in-the-NFL debate.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle reminds *Entourage *the movie hit theaters yesterday. The film based on the hit T.V. show of the same name features the big-screen debut of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who grew up a fan of the show.

I detail Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham's aerobatics in the Pacific Northwest.

Pete Carroll, Tom Cable and Rocky Seto hosted a Seahawks Town Hall meeting at Cinerama in downtown Seattle on Wednesday evening talking about football and the Seahawks with the 12s.

Terry Blount at says injury concerns in Seattle's 'Legion of Boom' secondary aren't as bad as they once seemed.

And Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times tries to clear up questions on the status of former University of Washington Huskies wide receiver Kasen Williams, the Sammamish, Wash. native who participated in the Seahawks' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis last month.

D*id I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter *

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