Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, July 18 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Marc Sessler at NFL.com assembled a photo essay depicting the best homegrown players on each of the League's 32 teams. The rules in Sessler's exercise were simple: it can't be a quarterback and it must be a player with at least five years of experience, all with the same team.
When it comes to the Seahawks, who boast a roster full of homegrown talent thanks to the success the team has enjoyed through the draft process under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, Sessler landed on Earl Thomas, a first-round pick (No. 14 overall) by Seattle in 2010, Schneider and Carroll's first year at the helm.
Here's what Sessler had to say about the free safety being Seattle's best homegrown talent:
Seattle doesn't make it easy to pick just one. Few teams have done of better job of drafting, grooming and re-signing their own talent. Especially on defense, where linebacker Bobby Wagner and star cover man Richard Sherman have served as team anchors for years. My pick, though, is Earl Thomas. The five-time Pro Bowl safety saw last season cut short by a broken leg -- and even teased the idea of retirement -- but when healthy, Thomas remains one of the finest cover safeties in the NFL.
As Sessler notes, Thomas' 2016 campaign unfortunately ended with a broken leg, but during the team's offseason program Carroll called Thomas one of the team's standout performers, noting, "There will be no question about him being ready to go when we get back to [training] camp."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who's in Shanghai, China this week for a Nike youth football camp.
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com's John Boyle recently spent time with Michael Bennett at his offseason home in Hawaii and peels back the layers of the complex and entertaining Seahawks defensive end.
710Sports.com comments on Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, who comes in at No. 10 on the station's list of the most intriguing players on Seattle's roster heading into 2017.
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com makes a bold prediction for Eddie Lacy, projecting the Seahawks running back to pick up more than 1,000 yards this season.
NFL.com fantasy editor Marcus Grant pegs Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as a bounceback candidate in 2017.
Seattle signal caller Russell Wilson also comes in at No. 19 on Sports Illustrated's list of the 50 best-dressed athletes.
And for ESPN Insider, Field Yates believes the Seahawks are the NFL club best built for sustained success on defense over the next five years, writing, "It's hard for me to pick against the Seahawks. They've led the NFL in scoring defense in four of the past five seasons (third in 2016), which demonstrates the blend of a sound system, terrific personnel, outstanding coaching and the ability to replace departed and injured players. Seattle drafts well and plays with a defensive edge that is built to last."
Michael Bennett and the Bennett Foundation hosted their fifth annual O.C.E.A.N sports and football camp at T.C. Ching field on the campus of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii.