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Seahawks August 1 Practice Report: Earl Thomas

It was his first practice, but Earl Thomas stole the show.

  • Thomas has a very similar size and build as Josh Wilson. He looks small for a safety, especially next to Kam Chancellor -- who is huge.
  • That build seems to play to his game. Thomas is very fluid. He moves where he wants to when he wants to, and cleanly.
  • The majority of the field was dedicated to punt return drills. Golden Tate was the primary returner, but Walter Thurmond and Justin Forsett saw some looks too. Thomas was working a tip ball drill with Wilson, Deon Butler and some players I didn't sort out.
  • Then Thomas worked in coverage and receiving drills: 7-on-7 drills. He was prominently featured and looked every bit the weapon Pete Carroll wants at free safety. He showed decisive break on two passes and then, as if foreshadowed, broke and picked another. He worked mostly from a center field position, showing both over and under coverage, but also worked in man.
  • He never looked anything but skillful.
  • Later, in 11-on-11 drills, Thomas broke on and nearly picked a pass. He also broke on a deep pass and showed the kind of double team on a deep routes that Seattle's been badly missing.

Many more updates to come.