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Wednesday Round-Up: Three Seahawks Make ESPN's 'Shutdown Index'

Three players from the Legion of Boom made an appearance in ESPN's Shutdown Index — an ultimate breakdown of the best DBs in football.

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today — Wednesday, November 16 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

Three Seahawks Make ESPN's Shutdown Index

For ESPN Insider, staff writer and former defensive back Matt Bowen looked around at the best defensive back talent across the league, focusing on various areas such as technique, ball skills, range, press coverage, versatility, run defense and more.

Three players from the Seahawks' skilled Legion of Boom — Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor — were mentioned in the piece, with Thomas getting love in the range category, and Sherman tying Arizona's Patrick Peterson in press coverage for corners. ESPN Insider access is required to read the full article, so here are snippets from what Bowen had to say in case you don't have it:

On Sherman:

Between the two, Sherman does a little better job of using his length to take control of the route from the jump. And I would give the edge in footwork to Peterson. He is going to light up the "mirror" drill in practice. Jam, slide and keep the shoulders square to the release.

But the key here is that both cornerbacks are going to physically challenge the release and force opposing receivers to work. You're not getting a free pass, a free run up the sideline. And when receivers eventually get into the route stem, these cornerbacks are going to be on the hip. They both do a great job of pinning receivers to the sideline on the fade (eliminate the path to the ball) and squeezing down on any inside breaking route.

On Thomas:

Thomas consistently closes the seam and the post, and he's the reason the Seahawks lean on single-high-safety defenses. The middle of the field is not open for business versus Seattle. It's that simple when you study Thomas' game, and it has much more to do with eye discipline and high-level football IQ than straight-line speed.

*Chancellor received honorable mention in the category for biggest hitter. Additionally, Thomas was named an honorable mention for ball skills among safeties (Kansas City's Eric Berry took that top spot). *

Social Post Of The Day

Today's "Social Post of the Day" comes from Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who posted this photo on his Instagram account while undergoing treatment.

Everyday I wake up and I challenge myself to be better than the day before

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