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There’s more to Earl Thomas’ game than great speed


By staff

NFL analyst Tim Ryan spent much of his conversation with “Brock and Salk” on Thursday talking about the unusual size in the Seahawks’ secondary, where Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are taller than most cornerbacks and Kam Chancellor looks more like a linebacker than a strong safety.

“We’ve never seen one this big,” said Ryan, who has worked several Seahawks games as a color commentator for FOX.

Ryan didn’t forget about Earl Thomas. One comment he made about the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl free safety stood out.

“The dynamic ability of Earl Thomas, who everyone thinks is a free safety on the back end; he’s in the box shooting his gun more than Kam Chancellor is,” Ryan said.

Translation: Thomas is more physical than he gets credit for.

In Thursday’s Wrap Up video, Brock Huard shares more thoughts on how Thomas’ speed and smaller stature belie his physicality.

You can listen to Thursday’s podcast here.