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  6. article_body => "<p>Before second-year safety Tedric Thompson and rookie cornerback Tre Flowers can&nbsp;make believers out of Seahawks fans that they could&nbsp;not only become adequate replacements for those departed from the Legion of Boom, but maybe someday play well enough to solicit their own monikers, they must first make believers out of their peers and coaches.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>So far,&nbsp;the pair has&nbsp;received enough positive feedback that they appear to be well on their way to establishing their own identities in Seattle's secondary, now minus Richard Sherman (San Francisco), Kam Chancellor (career-ending neck injury) and safety Earl Thomas (contract hold out).<\/p>\n<p>The more important of the two for now is Thompson, who is starting in place of Thomas. The second-year safety out of Colorado has the athleticism and range to become an impact safety. What Seattle is looking for is a growth in his knowledge so he can become more consistent. Against the Colts, he played well enough to cause coach Pete Carroll to declare that he was \"fired up about Tedric.\"&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Starting safety Bradley McDougald said he likes what he's seen from Thompson.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\"I just see growth, continuously,\"&nbsp;McDougald said. \"Not making the same mistake twice.\"<\/p>\n<p>Defensive coordinator Ken Norton&nbsp;Jr. said Thompson has impressed and that he is pleased with how all of the safeties have come together as a group.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default media-float-left\"><div id=\"file-1063886\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/tedricthompsonjpg\">tedricthompson.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img style=\"height: 291px; width: 444px; border-width: 4px; border-style: solid; margin: 8px; float: left;\" class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"public:\/\/archive\/assets_article\/northwest\/2018\/08\/17\/usatsi_10473037_0.jpg\" width=\"4697\" height=\"3080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\u201cAs you can see, they\u2019re bonding and playing really well together,\" Norton told reporters. \"You have Tedric who\u2019s doing a great job of staying in the deep middle and making tackles on the run and really throwing his body around. McDougald, he\u2019s really smart. He really does a great job of getting everybody on the same page and making sure that the coverages are right, the checks are right, and the formations all the things match up. He\u2019s really bright.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Flowers, the&nbsp;6-foot-3, fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State, is the wild card. He played safety in college and is adjusting to a new position. He started at left cornerback against the Colts in Seattle's first preseason game last week opposite Shaquill Griffin.<\/p>\n<p>&nbsp;\u201dIf you watched, you see he\u2019s very talented,\" Norton said of Flowers. \"He\u2019s got some really good length, he\u2019s really fast, he\u2019s really smart, extremely humble, and he\u2019s getting better every day. So, we\u2019re very excited with his improvement play after play.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Griffin said Flowers has made a strong&nbsp;transition to cornerback.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe\u2019s doing phenomenal,\" Griffin told reporters. \"I have to say that. He\u2019s listening, he\u2019s not a rookie that acts like he knows it all, and I feel like the same way I came in, he came with the same mentality. He just wants to help, he wants to learn, and he\u2019s doing great with that.\"<\/p>\n<p>Flowers plays with great&nbsp;intensity, according to McDougald.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\"The thing I like about Tre is that it absolutely irritates him when the receivers catch&nbsp;the ball...\" McDougald said. \"Those types of plays mess up his days.\"<\/p>\n<p>The two young defensive backs will receive more of a test on Saturday at the Los Angeles Chargers against quarterback Philip Rivers. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p>\n"
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Seattle Seahawks

Before second-year safety Tedric Thompson and rookie cornerback Tre Flowers can make believers out of Seahawks fans that they could not only become adequate replacements for those departed from the Legion of Boom, but maybe someday play well enough to solicit their own monikers, they must first make believers out of their peers and coaches. 

So far, the pair has received enough positive feedback that they appear to be well on their way to establishing their own identities in Seattle's secondary, now minus Richard Sherman (San Francisco), Kam Chancellor (career-ending neck injury) and safety Earl Thomas (contract hold out).

The more important of the two for now is Thompson, who is starting in place of Thomas. The second-year safety out of Colorado has the athleticism and range to become an impact safety. What Seattle is looking for is a growth in his knowledge so he can become more consistent. Against the Colts, he played well enough to cause coach Pete Carroll to declare that he was "fired up about Tedric." 

Starting safety Bradley McDougald said he likes what he's seen from Thompson. 

"I just see growth, continuously," McDougald said. "Not making the same mistake twice."

Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said Thompson has impressed and that he is pleased with how all of the safeties have come together as a group. 

“As you can see, they’re bonding and playing really well together," Norton told reporters. "You have Tedric who’s doing a great job of staying in the deep middle and making tackles on the run and really throwing his body around. McDougald, he’s really smart. He really does a great job of getting everybody on the same page and making sure that the coverages are right, the checks are right, and the formations all the things match up. He’s really bright.”
 

Flowers, the 6-foot-3, fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State, is the wild card. He played safety in college and is adjusting to a new position. He started at left cornerback against the Colts in Seattle's first preseason game last week opposite Shaquill Griffin.

 ”If you watched, you see he’s very talented," Norton said of Flowers. "He’s got some really good length, he’s really fast, he’s really smart, extremely humble, and he’s getting better every day. So, we’re very excited with his improvement play after play.”

Griffin said Flowers has made a strong transition to cornerback. 

“He’s doing phenomenal," Griffin told reporters. "I have to say that. He’s listening, he’s not a rookie that acts like he knows it all, and I feel like the same way I came in, he came with the same mentality. He just wants to help, he wants to learn, and he’s doing great with that."

Flowers plays with great intensity, according to McDougald. 

"The thing I like about Tre is that it absolutely irritates him when the receivers catch the ball..." McDougald said. "Those types of plays mess up his days."

The two young defensive backs will receive more of a test on Saturday at the Los Angeles Chargers against quarterback Philip Rivers. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.