Thursday, July 29, 2010

SEAHAWKS: Reading the field: Earl Thomas another Brian Russell?

Most Seahawk fans remember the rubber band-arms of safety Brian Russell as he tried wrapping up running backs or bigger wide receivers only to have his arms snap off around the player's waist, leaving Russell flat on his facemask. Or maybe you tried to forget.

Well, according to an anonymous NFL scout, coach or office personnel, Seattle's new starting free safety Earl Thomas may be no different, according to PFW.
Every expert in the country gave Seattle's draft a glowing recommendation, but throw on the national championship game and watch Earl Thomas try to tackle those NFL backs (on Alabama). He whiffed at least five times. He will be run at all day. I'm looking forward to playing him."
To Continue...

No context is given for the quote, so don't take this too seriously.

Okung and Thomas hope to ink deals before Saturday's training

Fans fretting over whether Seattle's two first-rounders, Okung and Thomas, will miss much of camp may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. According to, both players' agents are working toward having both players signed before camp begins Saturday.
The agent for sixth overall pick Russell Okung said he is working to ensure his client will be on the field when Seahawks training camp begins Saturday.

"We've had discussions every day for the last two weeks," agent Peter Schaffer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday. "If he won't be on the field, it won't be for a lack of effort on our part."
Thomas' agent had a similar mindset.
Thomas' agent, Andrew Kessler, is hopeful the 14th overall pick, who has played on the Seahawks' starting defense throughout spring minicamps and organized team activities -- will be in camp well before Saturday's opening practice.

"Hopefully he will be signed before they report (Thursday)," Kessler wrote in an e-mail to The AP.
Only two first-rounders have signed thus far, which could mean lengthy holdouts for these players across the league.

Reach Aaron Weinberg at