Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are two of the top defensive backs in the NFL.
They’re also both returning from injury.
Sherman injured his elbow in the Seahawks’ NFC Championship win over Green Bay, while Thomas had offseason shoulder surgery.
How are those two looking heading into 2015? Will the Legion of Boom be ready to roll in Week 1?
“Sherman’s healthy and ready to roll,” Tacoma News Tribune sports columnist Dave Boling said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He had no lingering effects from the elbow injury in the NFC Championship Game. He played in the Super Bowl. Somewhat diminished, but did not need surgery after the season and he is fine. He’s missed a couple of days with a hip flexor problem. He may or may not go in Kansas City, but it’s not a long-term issue.”
“If you ask Earl Thomas whether he is ready, (he’ll say he) has been ready for quite some time, (but) coach Pete Carroll has to (be careful with) him because he wants to go full speed at all times and never sit out,” Boling said. “He’s never missed a game. He’s never had a surgery. So a shoulder surgery was new to him, and he (was) practicing this past week in a red jersey. So they certainly know what he can do. He looks fast on his feet. They just don’t want him having too much contact yet.”
While Sherman and Thomas enter the season with a smidgen of uncertainty, the Seahawks are banking – literally – on Russell Wilson being his calm, cool and collected self. Seattle signed its franchise quarterback to a four-year, $87.5-million extension this offseason.
Has there been any change in Wilson since getting paid?
“You know what? I would tend to say he’s one of the most prepared players (I’ve) ever seen,” Boling said. “Even as a rookie, he came in and knew every play. He had 500 snaps in the rookie minicamp and never once did they have to go back to the huddle. He is so detailed. He is so focused. But I have to say he was making $600,000 last year and he’s looking at $87 million for the length of his contract – and he shows up at training camp and this hip-hop singer Ciara is there. So life has to change for him. How could somebody not be changed by that?
“If anybody could point to anything on the field, though, I certainly couldn’t,” Boling continued. “He is still the first guy sprinting between the drills to get to the next session. He is very focused. You can tell that he looks stronger, and I think he’s faster than he’s ever been. He said he has worked on his speed in the offseason. Maybe he’s going dancing with Ciara and learning moves form her, I don’t know. But I think he does not seem distracted by it all. He’s a very focused young man.”