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2019-11-12 16:08:52

By Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle

PHOTOS: Texans vs. Jaguars in London 

Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas runs on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) 

>>>Look back at photos from the Texans' win in London .... 

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PHOTOS: Texans vs. Jaguars in London 

Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas runs on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Seattle. (AP ... morePhoto: John Froschauer, Associated Press

Photo: John Froschauer, Associated Press

PHOTOS: Texans vs. Jaguars in London 

Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas runs on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) 

>>>Look back at photos from the Texans' win in London .... 

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PHOTOS: Texans vs. Jaguars in London 

Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas runs on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Seattle. (AP ... morePhoto: John Froschauer, Associated Press

Texans on Ravens' Earl Thomas: 'He's a monster, he's a beast'

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas' hard-hitting reputation and instinctive game precedes him.

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As the Texans' potent passing combination of quarterback Deshaun Watson and All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins prepares for Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, they'll have to contend with Thomas' ball-hawking presence.

“He's a monster, be's a beast, Hopkins said. He's Earl Thomas, so we've got to come out and play our game.”

A former University of Texas consensus All-American, Thomas joined the Ravens on a four-year, $55 million contract in the spring that included $32 million guaranteed. He has been a major upgrade over Eric Weddle, who was cut and signed with the Los Angeles Rams.

Named to six Pro Bowls, Thomas has two interceptions this season, including picking off New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a dramatic win. The 30-year-old has 30 career interceptions and 10 forced fumbles.

Earl is a great player, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. We've gone against Earl quite a bit. Very instinctive. When you think about the great safeties in this game over the years, obviously in Baltimore, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Earl Thomas. I mean, this guy's had a great career, right?

He can do a lot of different things in that defense: blitz, play in the deep part of the field, play down near the line of scrimmage.

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