Wednesday Round-Up: Earl Thomas Among NFL's 'Invisible Men'

A daily 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 — Wednesday, August 31 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

Earl Thomas Featured In The Ringer's 'Invisible Men' 

Over at The Ringer, Danny Kelly wrote about how NFL safeties are the most underappreciated players in the league. From Kelly: 

Safety is the most underappreciated and least understood position on the football field. Sure, offensive linemen or nose tackles rarely get the credit they deserve, but at least you can see those guys on every play.

With the restricted viewing angle of most NFL game broadcasts, fans often have no idea what's going on deep in the secondary. Every Sunday, football fans become Chazz Reinhold: "What are the safeties doing? I never know what they're doing back there!"

Safeties serve as the last line of defense, half keeper and half center fielder. They can't get beat deep, but also must have the lateral range to cover the biggest part of the field. They need to know offensive schemes intimately, recognize route combinations instantly, and when they break on the ball, hit opposing receivers like a Mack truck.

In his piece, Kelly highlights two interceptions made by Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas that further explain his dominance at the position. One of the picks he broke down came for Thomas in Week 6 against MVP Cam Newton — which Kelly says required "Jason Kidd-like court/field vision" — while the other was recorded against Teddy Bridgewater in Week 13. Other notable safeties he mentioned are Green Bay's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu, to name a few.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Russell Wilson, who tweeted his support for Bridgewater after he sustained a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage during Tuesday's practice in Minnesota. He is expected to miss the entire season.

More From Around the Web

Our John Boyle wrote about Seahawks Ring of Honor members Steve Largent and Jim Zorn starring in a new Washington's Lottery commcercial

Boyle also wrote about the one area Russell Wilson is [trying to master as a quarterback]("I think my biggest thing is that I'm trying to be a master at protection,).

Additionally, Wilson spoke with the media yesterday about his special plans for Friday night, adjusting to life without Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem. 

ICYMI: Seattle's roster was trimmed to 75 players yesterday. 

At CBSSports.com, Jonah Keri wrote about how Steve Kerr, Joe Maddon and Pete Carroll are making coaching look fun.

And speaking of coaches, Dwane Casey stopped by the VMAC on Tuesday and left with a gift.  

Take a player-by-player look at the Seattle Seahawks 75-man roster following Tuesday's NFL-mandated roster reduction.

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