Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson to get first shot at replacing Earl Thomas in lineup
The Seattle Seahawks are still without safety Earl Thomas, who seems determined to continue his holdout until he gets a new deal or a trade to another team. That means the Seahawks will be trying out potential replacements to take up Thomas’ spot as the starting free safety in preseason.
The first shot at replacing Thomas will go to Tedric Thompson, a fourth-round pick last season. Although, Thompson claims he doesn’t really think about the pressure that surrounds the unenviable task of replacing an All-Pro-caliber player like Thomas.
That carefree mindset is what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wants the second-year safety to have as he tries to make up for Thomas’ absence.
“I don’t want him to be inhibited or try to work his way in or that kind of thing,’’ Carroll said per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “Just ‘let’s go.’ And we’ve got confidence he is going to do all right.’’
Thompson also shared the simple advice Carroll gave him heading into his big chance.
“Don’t be afraid to mess up,’’ Thompson said. “Just go out there and have fun.’’
Aside from Thompson, the Seahawks also have Maurice Alexander, who was a starter for much of the 2015-17 seasons with the Rams, as a possible option. However, Thompson will get the first shot with Alexander still sidelined with a hip injury.
Thompson’s first test will come against the returning Andrew Luck and the Colts on Thursday. While nothing will be finalized whatever happens in that game, Thompson will get a chance to make a strong first impression to Carroll and the rest of the coaching staff as he looks to make that safety spot his own.