Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

May 11, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll speaks with defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) following a minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

WEEKEND!

Russell Wilson under the microscope: Everything else " Seahawks Draft Blog
There is so much to like about Russell Wilson. He’s accurate. He’s smart. He’s a fast learner. He’s very athletic and elusive. He plays his best on crucial downs and in the 4th quarter. His confidence, mental toughness, and leadership ability is within spitting distance of Tebow territory, but unlike Tim Tebow, Russell Wilson can actually throw the football, and throw it quite well. Metaphorical character and interview meters were shattered when he sat down with NFL coaches and general managers. Jon Gruden- infamous for being tough on young quarterbacks- stumped for Wilson with all the bias and passion of a proud father. Gruden had only met with Wilson for one day.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2011 Adjusted Games Lost
Peyton Manning's degenerating cervical disc and subsequent surgery dominated headlines and had far-reaching implications during the 2011 season -- and subsequent offseason -- like no other injury situation in recent NFL history. We've all had the details drilled into our heads over the past year, so I won't recap them here, but suffice it to say that enough dominos fell to have a decent-sized double-sixes tournament. Looking back, not even Tom Brady's knee injury in 2008 ended up meaning so much to so many cities.

Understanding what you are watching when WR Randy Moss practices… - NFL.com
Randy Moss has a reputation for being a player who doesn’t go hard in practice. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe there were times when he didn’t finish drills, but I watched him for two training camps and that wasn’t the case. Teammates say he works.

Russell Wilson gets full first day | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Seattle began a three-day rookie minicamp with 54 players on the field, and one quarterback -- third-round pick Russell Wilson -- making all the throws. "We wore him out," coach Pete Carroll said. "He went all day long."

QB Wilson impresses in first practice | Seahawks Insider
New Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is going to need some ice bags for his shoulder after practice today.

Seahawks.com Blog | Friday in Hawkville: Rookie minicamp off to a fast start "
A recap of the day’s activities at the Seahawks’ rookie camp for May 11:

First rookie workout: Thoughts from Bruce Irvin, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com
The Seattle Seahawks on Friday held their first day of this weekend’s minicamp with rookies, including draft picks Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson 'remarkably sharp' on first day | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks kicked off their rookie minicamp Friday, and for Russell Wilson that meant a ton of throwing. Technically Wilson wasn't the only quarterback on hand--there were a pair of tryout QBs--but coaches let Wilson take all the reps so he can get a head start learning the offense. Once veteran are on hand, Wilson will see his workload decrease quite a bit as Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn battle for the starting job, so this is a good chance early for the third-round pick to show what he can do.

So far, so good for Seahawks' top draft picks " Kitsap Sun
The much-anticipated debut of quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle Seahawks gear took place Friday afternoon. Wilson passed with flying colors.

Seahawks draftee Irvin passes the speed test | KING5.com Seattle
Searching for meaning on the first the first day of rookies' padless football practice against air is barely more productive than looking for life on the moon from one's porch.

Seattle rookies Russell Wilson and Bruce Irvin get plenty of work on 1st day of minicamp - The Washington Post
Russell Wilson stepped in behind center for the first minicamp of his professional career on Friday and never took a break.

Starting jobs harder to come by for Seahawks rookies | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks' depth, talent mean fewer starting positions are available for the team's rookies, who began a three-day minicamp Friday.

Starting jobs harder to come by for Seahawks rookies | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks' depth, talent mean fewer starting positions are available for the team's rookies, who began a three-day minicamp Friday.

Photos: First day of Seahawks minicamp for rookies | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com
The Seattle Seahawks on Friday held their first day of this weekend’s minicamp with rookies, including draft picks Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin. Here are some photos from the day. Also, check out our other coverage:

Impressions from Seahawks rookie camp - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Thoughts and observations after watching the Seattle Seahawks open their rookie camp Friday.

Pete Carroll relishes look at rookies | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
They have been tabbed by coach Pete Carroll as players who could put his Seattle Seahawks over the top as consistent playoff contenders in the NFC West.

Seahawks get first chance to see rookies in action " Kitsap Sun
They've been tabbed by Pete Carroll as players that could put the Seattle Seahawks over the top as a consistent contender in the NFC West.

Draft fallout: Will Bradford's new WRs pay dividends? - NFL.com
The Rams coveted Justin Blackmon but wound up drafting Brian Quick and Chris Givens. Will these two young receivers give Sam Bradford enough firepower on offense?

Referees Association exec optimistic about labor negotiations - NFL.com
The NFL Referees Association's labor deal with is set to expire at the end of May but before it does the group's executive director Tim Millis says he's optimistic the two sides will reach a deal.

Where the Seahawks stand against the 49ers - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The San Francisco 49ers went 13-3 last season, winning the NFC West by a five-game margin. What will it take to overtake them as the division's top team?

A look at the AFC West drafts | National Football Post
Taking a glance at how the division's four squads fared.

Some advice for rookies: get in your playbook | National Football Post
It all starts with knowing where to line up.

A look at the AFC South drafts | National Football Post
Taking a glance at how the division's four squads fared.

How high could FSU QB EJ Manuel go? | National Football Post
His talent says first round, but does he warrant that high of a pick?

Draft tracker podcast: 2013 draft preview - NFL.com
NFL Blogs on NFL.com is the only official NFL blog destination for the latest NFL news, NFL fantasy football news, NFL player news, NFL team news, and NFL breaking news.

Which teams corralled the best undrafted free agents? - NFL.com
When the NFL draft ends, the race to sign undrafted free agents begins. Which teams collected the best prospects? Gil Brandt reveals his top 11 classes, including a Bengals group with Vontaze Burfict.

The starting job: Hand it to rookie QBs or make 'em earn it? - NFL.com
Cam Newton and David Carr both started from Day 1. One enjoyed success, the other most certainly did not. Albert Breer examines whether teams should give rookie QBs the job or make them earn it.

Resetting Cardinals' defense with Campbell - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few considerations on the Arizona Cardinals' defense after the team reached agreement with franchise player Calais Campbell on a five-year contract.

2011's Best Performances: Offensive Tackles | ProFootballFocus.com
We’ve checked off the skill position players on offense with quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. Now it’s time to hit the offensive line as we continue our look at the highest-graded individual performances of 2011.

2013 draft chock full of QB and D-Line talent - CBSSports
As NFLDraftScout.com turns the page on the 2012 NFL Draft and peers ahead to next year's crop of talent, a few distinguishing characteristics of the '13 class immediately stand out.

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