Tuesday round-up: How do you stop Earl Thomas?

Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy started up in Spokane yesterday, and Darnay Tripp of KREM.com has the story on day one of Wilson’s two-day camp. You can view photos from Wilson’s Spokane camp here.

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Tuesday, July 9, about your Seattle Seahawks:

ESPN Insider Matt Bowen has a detailed feature on how to stop free safety Earl Thomas. Bowen looks at what makes the All-Pro/Pro Bowl fourth-year player so unique, pointing to Thomas’ range, speed, hips, and footwork. It’s an ESPN Insider feature, but here is a small snippet from Bowen’s work:

“There is no question this Seattle secondary of Thomas, Chancellor and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be challenged during the 2013 season, especially with the multitude of upgrades to the receiving units of NFC West teams. But Thomas is still the key. He has an ideal skill set for the Seahawks’ defense. And if you want to make some plays versus the free safety (along with the rest of the Seattle secondary), the combination routes and tight end matchups would be at the top of my call sheet on game days.”

Thomas saw the ESPN piece and welcomes the challenge, clamoring for any opportunity to have the ball thrown his way:

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando returns from vacation and gears back up with his morning look around the NFC West.

Bob Condotta on the Seattle Times joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM’s Jason Puckett to talk about Richard Sherman’s Celebrity Softball Game and Seahawks expectations heading into 2013 in the podcast below:

Rebecca Wright of The Windsor Star has a story on rookie tight end Luke Willson, who recently returned to his local sports roots of Essex, Ontario, Canada to support the Essex Ravens junior and varsity teams.

Braden Gall of AthlonSports.com ranks the League’s 32 quarterbacks. The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson comes in at No. 12 – what is it about that number, anyway? It’s everywhere. Here’s what Gall had to say about the club’s second-year signal caller:

“Wilson has a lot of Drew Brees to his game. Undersized, savvy, hard-working, underrated athletically and a lightning-quick right arm. Cut from the Rodgers-Luck dual-threat cloth, Wilson is constantly looking to extend the play and make a big throw. He can run around and pick up first downs with his legs if need be, but he’s also adept at throwing on the run. This, and his compact frame, gives him a better chance at staying healthy over other true dual-threats. His statistical and win-loss records as a starter both in college and his first year in the pros speak for themselves.”

Today is the final day to vote in round two of NFL.com’s bracket to determine the greatest uniform in League history, where as of this posting the Seahawks’ current uniforms (No. 6 seed) have more than double the votes of the current jerseys of the New York Giants (No. 3). Voting ends at 3 p.m. PT.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth continues his 2013 positional preview series with a look at the club’s secondary, which includes some compassionate comments from head coach Pete Carroll on Thomas: “…there’s no end to the potential that Earl has, because he’s so fast and he’s so tough. But more than that, he’s just so driven to be great. He’s just driven to be a great player and a great teammate.”

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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan poses for a photo at Spain’s San Fermin festival (via Jets Instagram)

Team photographers Rod Mar and Corky Trewin bring us a combined 159 frames from Sherman’s celebrity softball game at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.

In news around the rest of the NFL, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reportedly ran with the bulls – twice – at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. According to the Jets, Ryan escaped without injury.

And it’s about a week old now, but Richard Owens of NFL Films has a unique behind-the-scenes Q & A session with NFL Films music composer Dave Robidoux, who has won nine Emmy awards for his work with the organization.