Seahawks safety Earl Thomas muffs second punt return of career

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Earl Thomas is struggling so far as a punt returner. (USATSI)
Earl Thomas is struggling so far as a punt returner. (USATSI)

Though Earl Thomas had never returned a single punt in his NFL history career, the Seahawks decided their important safety would do well returning kicks off the legs of his opponent's punters.

He didn't have such a great start in the league's season opener vs. the Packers, though.

As you can see here when he muffed his second attempt at a punt return, allowing the Packers to recover the ball and then score a first-quarter touchdown.

Which started an avalanche of online criticism that maybe, perhaps, you know Seattle coach Pete Carroll might want to rethink the idea of using Thomas as a returner.

And, of course, we had to know what Golden Tate, who returned punts for the Seahawks last year but is now with the Lions, thought of the debacle.

Either that was a reaction to the Thomas play or maybe Tate was just enjoying a nice dinner.

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