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'He's Earl. That's how he is': Ravens and safety Earl Thomas learning how to grow together

'He's Earl. That's how he is': Ravens and safety Earl Thomas learning how to grow together

It took a hug and an affirmation of love, but Tony Jefferson joked last week that the Ravens now get “the lighter side” of Earl Thomas. It’s still unclear what that side looks like. In practices and in news conferences, the safety has been no-nonsense, by the book, almost as restrained as he was explosive over nearly a decade in the Seattle Seahawks’ secondary.

When coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that Thomas “has never looked ‘comfortable’ ” during offseason workouts, it was not a critique of the team’s biggest offseason...

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