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Tedric Thompson needs to display playmaking…

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When the Seattle Seahawks kick off the 2019 season, it will be the first time since 2010 that future Hall of Fame free safety Earl Thomas won’t be roaming the secondary.

Replacing him, at least for Week 1, will be third-year safety Tedric Thompson.

Thompson filled in after Thomas went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 4. While he had an up and down campaign, he did show some promise – enough for the Seahawks to give him another shot this year.

Thompson may not be the playmaker that Thomas is – who could be? – but he does have a lot going for him, including the confidence of his coach.

“He’s really in command of what’s going on,” coach Pete Carroll commented on Wednesday. “He’s really confident. Great communicator. He’s been a great kid in the program.”

Thompson recorded 57 combined tackles, three passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble in 14 games last year, 10 which he started.

The 24-year-old had issues tackling in open space however, a skill that is paramount to being a free safety. He also didn’t make as many plays as coach Carroll had hoped for, a change he made clear he is hoping to see from Thompson this season.

“I’d like to see him get around the ball and make plays like we’ve seen him in the past,” Carroll continued. “I don’t think he was as active numbers wise and all that. I hope that, just being at the right place, us speeding the ball up a little bit will give him a chance to be more active because he is a playmaker. We’re kind of hoping that’s going to come through.”

Thompson’s leash as Seattle’s next free safety is likely a short one, with both Lano Hill and rookie Marquise Blair serving as backups.

If he struggles, either one of them could get a chance to step into his job, making this an intriguing position battle to watch early in the season.

Tedric Thompson needs to display playmaking ability for Seahawks

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