In my story today, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas says that although he has only one interception on the year compared to four at this time last year, he’s playing much better and is more comfortable on the field in his second season.
Thomas said he looks forward to getting an up-close look at one of the best safeties in the game in Ed Reed when Seattle takes on Baltimore on Sunday.
“I get to see a great safety play,” Thomas said. “I’m just looking forward to the whole atmosphere. It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere, just like last week (against Dallas). And I’m just ready for the challenge.
“My mentality going into the game is to be the best safety out there, period. I don’t care if it’s (Troy) Polamalu, Ed (Reed) – anybody. Just like they’ve earned their respect to where they are now, hopefully I can get there someday.
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“And with me saying I want to be the best safety, that’s not making spectacular plays or anything. Just doing what I have to do, controlling what I can control and then go from there.”
Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Ravens will be attempting to avoid another letdown similar to the team’s 12-7 loss at Jacksonville a couple weeks ago when they travel to Seattle.
Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times writes that the Ravens have to gear up to stop Marshawn Lynch, who Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh called one of the top two or three backs in the league.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Red Bryant won the Ed Block Courage Award from his successful return from a knee injury that ended his season prematurely last year.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald offers his midseason evaluation of the Seahawks.
Tony Villiotti of Draftmetrics takes a state-by-state look at the NFL draft from 1992 to 2011, identifying the trends of players from each state. No surprise here that Florida, Texas and California are near the top, but Mississippi actually is No. 2 in the country per capita of players drafted per 1000 people.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com writes that Seattle’s priorities in next year’s draft are quarterback and defensive end, and he thinks they will target USC’s Matt Barkley.