Thursday cyber surfing: Thomas No. 66, and still more on Wilson

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 17:

Earl Thomas cracked the NFL Networks’ Top 100 players, as the Seahawks Pro Bowl free safety checked in at No. 66. You can watch the video here.

Mike Sando at dips into his mailbag to answer several questions of rookie QB Russell Wilson, including one about his ability to “throw receivers open”: “That term reflects a quarterback’s ability to complete passes to covered receivers by leading them to spots where the reception can be made. Quarterbacks with the ability to anticipate where a receiver might come open have advantages over those more comfortable throwing to receivers only after they’ve gotten open.”

Also from Sando, a look at some former second-round draft choices in the NFC West, including the Seahawks’ Golden Tate: “Tate started five games and dropped no passes last season. The Seahawks think Tate might be turning a corner after a rough start to his career. This is a pivotal season for Tate.”

Rob Rang of also looks at Wilson while reviewing the Seahawks’ draft at “I attended the Seahawks’ rookie mini-camp last weekend. Wilson was every bit the poised, accurate passer I expected. Following the conclusion of the mini-camp, Carroll acknowledged Wilson’s impressive performance by announcing that the rookie would be competing with newly signed free agent addition Matt Flynn and incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson to lead the Seahawks next season. The announcement may have been a surprise to the national media but it wasn’t to the scouts or spectators who watched Wilson throughout the weekend. It might be too much to expect Wilson to wrestle away the starting job immediately. Don’t be surprised at all though when he plays very well in the preseason.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a closer look at Donny Lisowski, who was added to the 90-man roster after his impressive efforts as a tryout player at the rookie minicamp: “He wasn’t even a regular starter during his final season at the University of Montana. But blessed with elite speed and a good work ethic, Donny Lisowski showed Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll enough during the team’s rookie minicamp last week as one of 34 invited tryout players to earn a three-year contract. ‘It’s something I always dreamed of,’ said the Seattle native and former O’Dea High star about the chance to play at CenturyLink Field. ‘There’s nothing like playing in your hometown in front everyone you grew up with. I like Coach Carroll. I like his philosophy and the whole coaching staff. I feel like it’s a really good fit for me. I like the players, too.’ ”

Brady Henderson passes along highlights from Matt Flynn’s interview on 710 ESPN, including his thoughts on Marshawn Lynch: “Flynn called Lynch a “pretty fun guy” and said they’ve spent some time together at the facility in recent weeks. Flynn was asked whether he’s had any unusual encounters with his new teammate. ‘No. He calls me Antonio, though, for some reason,’ Flynn said. Antonio? ‘I don’t know. I’m in the locker room and I’ll hear him yell from across the way, he just yells ‘Antonio!’ So, I don’t know,’ Flynn said, sounding equally puzzled and amused. ‘I guess I’m Antonio to him.’ Why does Lynch do that? Good question. Flynn asked him, and he still isn’t sure. ‘I did, and he didn’t really have a good explanation,’ Flynn said. ‘He just said I look like an Antonio to him. Next time (he’s) on you’ve got to try to get an explanation for me.’ ”

Nate Davis at USA Today passes out offseason grades for the NFC West and gives the Seahawks a B-minus: “They seemed to answer their question under center by signing QB Matt Flynn. Yet by taking Russell Wilson in Round 3 of the draft and hanging onto Tarvaris Jackson, Pete Carroll and Co. have created a three-way race at the position. From an outsider’s point of view, that could breed chaos, but Seattle brass preaches competition on every level of the roster. The draft also brought West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin with the 15th pick, one the Seahawks clearly love even as draftniks accuse GM John Schneider of overreaching. Second-round LB Bobby Wagner could start right away while RB Robert Turbin looks like a jackhammer that could prevent Marshawn Lynch from wearing down. Speaking of Lynch and massive DE Red Bryant, Schneider did prevent two key players from escaping during free agency while adding some useful parts with DT Jason Jones, LB Barrett Ruud and G Deuce Lutui. The O-line could be shaky with G Robert Gallery released while LT Russell Okung, RT James Carpenter and RG John Moffitt all try to come back from season-ending injuries. WRs Sidney Rice and Mike Williams must get healthy and step up their performance.”

Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders offers post-draft needs for the NFC West teams at This Outsiders’ offering is an Insiders’ feature, so it requires registration and a fee. But here’s what he has to say about the Seahawks: “The Seahawks, like the Rams, worked hard on addressing their issues this offseason. Pass rush was a problem behind Chris Clemons, so Seattle brought in West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin with their first-round pick. The Tarvaris Jackson/Charlie Whitehurst combo held the Seahawks’ offense back in 2011, but general manager John Schneider brought in a pair of solutions to remedy that. Green Bay backup Matt Flynn will presumably keep the seat warm, and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, who had such an amazing Lewin Career Forecast projection that we had to mention him with an asterisk, will be groomed for the long-term role. To make the jump to an elite offense, though, the Seahawks will need some better blocking from their offensive line. They have a quartet of highly drafted players slated to start in Russell Okung, Max Unger, James Carpenter and John Moffitt. Despite that, they finished 24th in Adjusted Sack Rate and 19th in Adjusted Line Yards. There were certainly high points on the line, but as a whole it was still a bit inconsistent. Carpenter, in particular, did not show enough in the eyes of our offensive line guru, Ben Muth. Additionally, they released Robert Gallery this offseason, and the left guard spot is currently slated to be a competition between career backup Paul McQuistan, Bears castoff Frank Omiyale and Cardinals washout Deuce Lutui. The Seahawks have done much to make themselves a threat to San Francisco this offseason, but just how far they’ll ultimately go this year probably depends solely on what they get out of their offensive line.”

Here at, we look at just how special Heath Farwell was on special teams last season: “But as Farwell as shown in his career, it takes more than just speed to be successful on special teams. He came to the Seahawks at midseason last year after five seasons in Minnesota, where he had 113 coverage tackles to tie for fourth on the Vikings’ all-time list. He led the Vikings in special teams tackles in 2010 (19), 2009 (24), 2007 (32) and 2006 (25), and was voted to the Pro Bowl as the NFC special teams player in 2009. ‘It’s the want to make the plays and the want to make the tackles. It’s the effort,’ a reluctant Farwell offered when asked the secret to his success. ‘I don’t know, it’s just something I work at. And I pride myself on it, and outworking everybody and making sure I put more time in than everybody else.’ ”

We also take a look at how Jeremy Lane’s opportunistic efforts at the most opportune times led to the cornerback from Northwestern State being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft: “On one of the first snaps in the Seahawks’ weekend rookie minicamp, Jeremy Lane read the play, broke on the ball and tipped the pass. A few plays later, he got his hand on another pass and almost intercepted it. Right on cue for the cornerback from Northwestern State in Louisiana, who has worked his way into the NFL by seizing the opportunity at the most opportune times. The 6-foot, 190-pound Lane was available to the Seahawks in the sixth round of the NFL Draft – and with the 172nd pick overall – because he was only a one-year starter for the school of less than 10,000 students in Natchitoches. But to understand why the Seahawks, among other teams, were interested it helps to look at how Lane has performed on his largest stages. Like in the Demons’ game against eventual national runner-up LSU last September, when Lane had nine tackles, a sack and an interception in the 49-3 loss. ‘I was very motivated,’ Lane recalled. ‘That was my chance to show the world that I could hang with the big boys. I knew that was my chance to take a shot and show everybody what I could do. When the time came, I believe I stepped up and did it.’ ”

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