Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

J.R. Sweezy.

THURSDAY.

Sweezy on the move
The Seahawks saw enough in J.R. Sweezy that they sent offensive line coach Tom Cable to North Carolina State to determine whether the defensive tackle has what it takes to play guard at the next level.

This Guy is not just a guy
Despite having the Pro Bowl tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, the Seahawks selected Winston Guy in the sixth round of the NFL Draft to fill the important third safety spot in their big nickel.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Scouting the Bears
This week I decided to focus on the Bears offensive line. The reason is simple: They've been ripped for not selecting an offensive lineman in the draft this year, and I wanted to see if the line was that big of a problem. Anyone who has watched the Bears play the past few years would certainly think so, but as we all know, watching games on TV can often be misleading. So, I wanted to do a closer examination and judge for myself. After watching their Week 17 game against the Vikings I can safely say that everyone was right. The Bears have a huge problem up front.

2011's Best Performances: Wide Receivers | ProFootballFocus.com
Having already checked in with the quarterbacks and running backs in our run through 2011′s best performances, up next for your review are the best games we saw from the wide receivers.

Football isn't indefensible -- Myron Rolle and the NFL's do-good side - ESPN
The tragic death of Junior Seau is beginning to feel like a watershed moment. Certainly the violent nature of the NFL had been discussed and debated prior to Seau's death, but his suicide resonated so deeply that there is some real doubt about whether the NFL has a future.

2013 NFL draft - Mel Kiper's first Big Board of the year - ESPN
The first Big Board of the years draws from a pool of about 40 to 50 players. So to get a glimpse of some guys that were right on the edge for me, I've also put together a list of 20 other players right on the edge of the first Big Board for 2013, and also went through about 50 names here.

Terrelle Pryor looking forward to fresh start under Oakland Raiders' new regime - Jim Trotter - SI.com
Raiders backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor barely hesitated on April 29 when he received a question about his mental state. The tweet read: "u worried about an imminent matt leinart signing?"

Is Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson a first round talent? | National Football Post
How high can the Arkansas signal caller go in 2013?

10 things we learned this spring | National Football Post
Looking at some of the biggest news of preseason camps.

Draft fallout: Floyd could lift Cardinals' passing attack - NFL.com
The Arizona Cardinals are known for sticking to their draft board. This time around, value and need met in the middle with the selection of wide receiver Michael Floyd at No. 13.

Roethlisberger: Niners were overly aggressive with injured ankle - NFL.com
Ben Roethlisberger said he suspected the San Francisco 49ers targeted his sprained left ankle in a regular-season game last year, but the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback did not think the team participated in any foul play.

Walk on the Wild Side: Brandon Marshall | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Once in a while I like to write about something tangentially related to the game. Something not about analysis of skill, technique, or strategy. Today’s topic is one of those times. Today’s topic involves Brandon Marshall.

Cosell Talks: Michael Vick / Matt Ryan : NFL Films Blog
As spring turns to summer, and then training camps open later in July, two NFC quarterbacks will be under the microscope: the Philadelphia EaglesMichael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan.

Bryant ready to take on more of a leadership role | Seahawks Insider
Red Bryant understands the responsibility that comes with signing a lucrative, multi-year deal. So it’s no surprise that burly defensive end, one of the more vocal leaders on defense for Seattle last season, said he’s more than willing to take on even more of a leadership role this season.

Video: The delight and charm that is Red Bryant | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Red Bryant's son is 4 months old. How much do you think the newborn of Seattle's biggest Seahawk weighs? Well, we'll let him tell you:

Don't forget about Russell Wilson's arm strength - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Most assessments of Russell Wilson focus on the quarterback's small stature, his impressive college resume, his leadership skills and his athleticism. What about his arm strength?

Seeing Red; Press Conference: Red Bryant
Red Bryant wasn't always the forceful, vocal presence he has been the past two seasons for the Seahawks. He had to wait his turn, and then turn his game up a notch once given a chance to play.

Seahawks.com Blog | The rush is on, and on its way "
Red Bryant has seen Jason Jones in the flesh and Bruce Irvin on tape. Now, the team’s XXXL-sized defensive end can’t wait to see what the combination of Jones and Irvin will mean to a Seahawks pass rush that generated 33 sacks last season.

Bret Bielema, Wisconsin Coach 5-9 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on with Softy talking college football and drafting Russell Wilson.

Top 10 steals of the 2012 NFL Draft | Draft Breakdown
With the 2012 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, I’ve decided to take a look at some of what I consider to be the biggest steals from draft weekend. From top talents who slid due to injury to players who simply got passed up on for lower-ranked players at their position, several teams managed to find terrific value later than it was expected to be available. So here we go; my Top 10 steals of the 2012 NFL Draft and what makes them steals.

Roster Analysis | Seahawks Insider
Here’s a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks roster heading into this weekend’s rookie minicamp. I have the Seahawks at 92 players on the roster with two draft picks currently unsigned in fourth rounders Robert Turbin and Jaye Howard, so the team still has some wiggle room on the 90-man roster.

All-undrafted players team | National Football Post
Which players have a chance to make an impact despite not being drafted?

Deuce Lutui’s vegan diet led to serious weight loss and another NFL chance | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The news first hit when Seattle Seahawks head Pete Carroll revealed it during Seattle's first post-draft practice session of the new NFL season. Guard Deuce Lutui, who played for Carroll at USC and started 72 games for the Arizona Cardinals from 2006 through 2011 after Arizona selected him in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Deuce Lutui sounds hungry, in a good way - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Deuce Lutui, a newcomer to the Seattle Seahawks after six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, brings more to the table than fork and spoon. The longest-tenured guard in the NFC West is an Eagle Scout and a former finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The Difficulty of Grading the Seattle Seahawks and the Defensive End Position |
Despite heavy criticism from draft pundits, Damon Hatheway thinks the Seahawks found their man in the first round.

InsidetheGators.com - Jaye Howard Parting Shots
Parting Shots is a series in which Inside the Gators interviews departing seniors and NFL early entrants for a detailed look back on their time at Florida as well as what they're up to now and plans for the future.

TonySoftli.com: Meet the New Kids on the Block
Don’t let the title of my blog fool you. This is not about a boy band waiting for their first recording single to hit the pop charts, but rather the St. Louis Rams’ late draft picks and CFAs (college free agents) who will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster, and a few who just might make it. Building the back end of the roster is critical for a franchise like the Rams – rich in tradition but immersed in a major rebuilding process, working their way out of the dark ages when it comes to the win-loss columns.

Russell Wilson full game vs Oregon (Rose Bowl) " Seahawks Draft Blog

Patriots and 49ers WRs, Browns QB among interesting summer position battles - Don Banks - SI.com
With the draft and free agency having reordered depth charts around the league, it's time to take stock of the positional battles that will be worth watching unfold once training camps open. Here are 10 intriguing depth-chart competitions that warrant our attention this summer:

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