Seahawks' Earl Thomas says Seattle can handle Patriots' Rob Gronkowski

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Seattle Seahawks star safety Earl Thomas believes his team have the necessary talent and skill to be able to defuse the explosive Rob Gronkowski in Super Bowl XLIX.

Gronkowski comes into the Super Bowl as the Patriots' number one threat on offense and Thomas knows fully well that stopping the Pats means stopping Gronk.

It's easier said than done though, and despite coming back off injury this season, Gronkowski managed 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Thomas on Gronk 

But despite this excellent production again this year, Thomas says his team have the personnel and the match-ups situations that will allow them to deal with Gronkowski.

Furthermore, Thomas says that rather than focusing their attention on Gronkowski, his Seahawks are focusing solely on what they need to do to get the huge win.

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"We worry about what we have to do," Thomas said. "We worry about our job and it is just the personnel and the match-ups," Thomas told

"We match up very well in this game and against him [Gronkowski], so we are going to focus on our job and own our role. I want to be the best free safety for the Seattle Seahawks and we will see what happens at the end of the game."

Praising Gronk 

Meanwhile, Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett praised Gronkowski on his ability both in the receiving and blocking aspects of football.

"He (presents) the challenges of being (6-foot-6-plus)," Bennett said. "His body's pretty good. He's a good blocker. I think he does great. I think his run-after-catch is second to none. I think he has great hands. He's just a great player, honestly."

These comments contrast the ones made by Seahawks' Jeremy Lane, who criticized Gronkowski last week.

"I actually don't think he's that good," cornerback Jeremy Lane said. "He's OK. But he does have a big body, and from what I've seen on tape, he don't like your hands being put on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls as he should."

Whatever Seattle think of Gronk, he'll definitely do some form of damage during the Super Bowl that's for sure.

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