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Drop Rate 2011: Which receivers are dropping the ball? | ProFootballFocus.com
Incredibly this year, of all wide receivers in the league only one avoided putting the ball on the ground. That man was Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate who caught all 35 catchable balls thrown his way. This wasn’t exactly the biggest surprise in the world as Tate has only dropped one ball (Week 13 versus Carolina in 2010) since entering the league. His perfect Drop Rate score just adds to our feeling (he scored a +5.2 for his receiving) that Tate’s playing time in 2012 needs to replicate the end to his 2011, and not the beginning.

Cosell Talks: Alex Smith : NFL Films Blog
Drew Brees finished with 462 passing yards against the 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoff. That number was truly misleading. The tape told a different story. The San Francisco defense played very well, especially their secondary. The coaching staff challenged the 49ers corners to play man-to-man against the Saints wide receivers, and the 49ers were the better unit. The Saints receivers did not get open consistently versus man coverage. There was no rhythm or continuity to New Orleans’ high tempo, fast break offense.

2012 Shrine Game: Tuesday East Practice Notes | Articles
The biggest winners today seemed to be RB Tauren Poole, TE Chase Ford, DT Akiem Hicks, DT Travian Robinson, and LB Shawn Loiseau, but see how each position players did at today's East practice.

2012 Shrine Game: Tuesday West Practice Notes | Articles
The biggest winners today to me were Brandon Brooks, DaJohn Harris, Kentrell Lockett, and Josh Kaddu, but here's all the positions covered.

2012 Shrine Game: Tuesday Daily Notes | Articles
Another day in the books, and make sure you check out our practice notes for the day for how things went on the field and during practices. As usual though, I'll take a look at a few of the side-notes and non-obvious insight from the Shrine Game, so take a look here for what you can only get from being live at the Game in St. Petersburg.

Shrine Game Notes: West Roster- Day 1 " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois: Not surprisingly Harnish was the best quarterback on the field for the West practice this afternoon. He doesn’t excel in any one phase of the game but is sound in most of them. He showed above average ball velocity today and had a couple impressive bucket throws downfield including a great one down the sideline against good coverage to Devon Wylie. Harnish is probably the 2nd best quarterback here and it showed today. He was definitely the most impressive quarterback on the West roster and I imagine it will remain that way for most of the week.

Shrine Game - East Practice: Day 1 | RookieDraft.com
↑ BJ COLEMAN - QB - TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA: Coleman’s arm has that wow factor with a nice release and great velocity on his passes. He’s a real general type at the healm, who at one point yelled out to LaRon Byrd of Miami and ; "Let’s pick up the pace! Let’s get it!" after both had early drops in passing skeleton drills. It wasn’t all roses for Coleman with some timing issues on basic routes, threw behind on a slant route and overthrew two deep out passes to the sidelines. Outside of that he had a great day ripping the football through the wind and showing off his ability to fit the football into a tight window.

Shrine Game - East Practice - Day 2 | RookieDraft.com
Rookie Draft is LIVE on location for the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburgh, Florida with full access to the players, the practices and the big game. There’s an awful lot of talent down here in Florida and day two of practices saw the players really take their games up a notch to catch the scouts eyes today.

NFL Draft: Brantley, Cunningham, others on display in Shrine Game - NFL - Sporting News
The East-West Shrine Game, which kicks off Saturday, marks the beginning of spring scouting travels. Every year a few players greatly improve their draft status in this showcase with a strong week.

Tuesday - Tony Pauline - SI.com
The NFL's 32 franchises are well-represented in St Petersburg, Florida this week to take in the East-West Shrine Game, the first of the major postseason scouting events. The 80-degree temperatures made for pleasant viewing for league scouts, though its been tough for some of the participants, many of whom have not played football in almost two months. Numerous next-level prospects stood out during Tuesday's practice. Here are the 10 best.

Shrine Game Notes: West Roster- Day 2 " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois) is the best QB on this roster but he had a rough day as he missed high on a number of throws throughout practice. I have seen this on film before so it didn’t surprise me that it showed up during this week of practice, but it’s still a concern. His accuracy and arm strength are both above average, but they aren’t good or great. That’s why I don’t think he’s got much starter potential in the NFL, though I do think that he could develop on a depth chart for a while and emerge as a capable back-up and spot starter. Tyler Hansen (Colorado) looked solid today as he continues to have solid mechanics. He’s a fringe draftable prospect though, and despite looking good today Dan Persa (Northwestern) isn’t more than an undrafted free agent at this point. I like what Persa brings to the table though, so I think he should play in the CFL.

Shrine Game Notes: East Roster- Day 2 " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
BJ Coleman (Chattanooga) looked pretty good as usual. His accuracy is still not where I would like it to be, but he continues to look like the best quarterback at the Shrine Game. He threw well on the move today from what I saw but still seems to be working on his footwork. He drives the ball well though, and just needs coaching and I think his accuracy will improve. He was less erratic today, so hopefully he continues to improve over the course of the week. I haven’t seen him make very good reads so far this week either and he should have thrown a pick today, but he has the intangibles and is reportedly a huge film junkie so I don’t think that will be an issue down the line. He’s a developmental guy with impressive intangibles from what I have been able to find out about him, but he will need time once he gets to the NFL. Give him a couple years though and I think he can be a starter.

Darron Thomas stuns Ducks, leaving early for NFL - CBSSports.com
If the Oregon Ducks are going to successfully defend their Pac-12 crown next season they'll be doing so with a new starting backfield.

Report: WR Floyd won't play in Senior Bowl - CBSSports.com
Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, the second-rated receiver on NFLDraftScout.com behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, will not participate in the Senior Bowl next week.

Shrine Practice Notes: West Day 2 | National Football Post
Who on the west squad is on the rise after day two?

East-West Shrine Practice Notes: Day 2 | National Football Post
Who made a move up draft boards Tuesday?

Ranking the 2012 Draft Prospects by Position - Quarterbacks - Mocking The Draft
Well know I am focusing on the NFL Draft and today I am going to start releasing my second edition of player rankings for the draft. These rankings will be updated one more time after the NFL Combine. Today we will look at the QB position.

Report: Opinions from NFL scouts vary on Robert Griffin III - Mocking The Draft
In the process of preparing his first mock draft of the year, Albert Breer of NFL Network ran some things past NFL scouts and executives. The extra effort is what makes Breer one of the best NFL reporters in the business. One of the things Breer found while talking draft is that assessments on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III are "all over the map."

Advanced NFL Stats: Temperature and Field Goals
As a pilot, I'm familiar with the effects of weather on things hurdling through the air.

Draw It Up: NFL Playoffs Edition - The Triangle Blog
Play calling, as a general matter, is overrated. After a loss, most sports radio call-in shows are primarily dedicated to the play calling of the offensive and defensive coordinators.

Alabama CB, and top NFL draft prospect Dre Kirkpatrick arrested - NCAA Football - SI.com
Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been arrested on a marijuana possession charge.

Joe Flacco has struggled, but just has to keep it simple against the Patriots - Peter King - SI.com
On the Ravens, Joe Flacco, Tony Corrente's very rough cancer treatment, Bill Leavy and the unfortunate power of Twitter's immediacy, and some tentacles from the Manning/Umenyiora trade concerning the Cleveland Browns:

Dolphins may not pick QB in the first round | National Football Post
With Luck, Griffin likely gone, Miami likely to address another position.

Packer Ponderings to Come | National Football Post
I sure didn’t see that coming. Except for a minor blip in Kansas City a month ago, the Packers were an efficient and precise scoring machine all season. Although their defense certainly could be porous, it made enough plays to win when combined with an offense that scored 35 points per game.

Inside the playbook: Vernon Davis' game winner | National Football Post
Breaking down 49ers' route scheme vs. Saints' Cover 2.

Top five uncommitted prospects | National Football Post
National Signing Day is approaching, and these players still have yet to make a decision.

Pair of Stanford linemen set to succeed at the next level | National Football Post
The Cardinal will have two talents not named Luck taken early in April's draft.

NFL.com news: First impressions critical for East-West Shrine prospects
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is why the first day of practice at a college football all-star contest like this week's East-West Shrine Game can be so important for the 110 participants.

Prioritizing Seattle Seahawks Top 5 Draft Needs - 2012 NFL Draft, Seahawks blog
While the playoffs are under way, the Seattle Seahawks are already preparing for next season. Everybody is speculating on who the Seahawks will draft, who they can pick up in free agency and who they can re-sign to keep on the roster.

Still ringing in their ears
Before they headed into their first NFL offseason, rookies K.J. Wright and Ricardo Lockette took a few moments to reminisce about what it was like playing in front of the Seahawks' 12th MAN.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks offseason off to slow start | Seattle Times Newspaper
So what did I miss the past two weeks? For the Seahawks, not much. And that's remarkable.

Better rivalries lift NFC West | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
So, Seahawks fans, you’ve put away your face paint and have started your offseason rehab regimen of honey-tea and lozenges. But don’t forget that you still have rooting obligations in the postseason. You must consider some options, though.

First impressions on Fisher's introduction - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on Jeff Fisher's introductory news conference with the St. Louis Rams:

Seahawks.com Blog | Laughing last? "
Who’s making fun of the NFC West now?

Draft Breakdown — Ryan Lownes’ Latest Mock Draft
Luke Kuechly – LB – Boston College Ok, so maybe the last time the Seahawks targeted a linebacker in the first round it didn’t work out. With both Leroy Hill and David Hawthorne free agents, it looks like it is time for Seattle to revisit the position high on draft weekend. Luke Kuechly may very well be the anti-Aaron Curry. What he lacks in athleticism, he more than makes up for with rare instincts and tackling ability. Simply put: he has a nose for the ball and will be an impact player at the next level behind a solid front.

2011: Best of Marshawn Lynch

The first Robert Griffin to Browns trade rumor emerges | ProFootballTalk
The Browns need a quarterback badly. They own the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

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