Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Sunday

RENTON, WA - MAY 11: Running back Robert Turbin #22 of the Seattle Seahawks follows the play during minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 11, 2012 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

This weekend is just flying by, you guys.

Tall task for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Draft pick Russell Wilson — not quite 5 feet, 11 inches tall — is one of four Seahawks quarterbacks fighting for jobs. Does he have a chance?

Memories of brother help keep draftee Turbin motivated | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times
Robert Turbin's older brother was in trouble. Caught in the web of heroin addiction. Lost on the dangerous streets of Oakland, looking for...

Turbin turns on the jets | Seahawks Insider
We had a perfect afternoon for spring football here at the VMAC, and under ideal running conditions we got a chance to see the explosiveness of new running back Robert Turbin. It was a pretty sight.

Barron scattered in with all of Seattle's rookies - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
Alex Barron got down into his three-point stance at left tackle, looked to his right and saw a seventh-round draft pick that has never played on the offensive line at any level of football.

Seahawks.com Blog | Saturday in Hawkville: For Wagner, Turbin, it’s unity over units "
Teammates. Again. Still. That’s Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin, the duo from Utah State who shares not only a first name but now a professional team after the Seahawks selected them in the second and fourth rounds of the NFL Draft.

Seahawks' Bobby Wagner makes strong first impression - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
It's becoming more and more difficult for a first-year player to secure a starting position with the Seahawks. Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have made solid roster depth a priority since arriving in Seattle. That being said, aside from the highest draft picks, players now need to fight for time on the field and compete for a game-day appearance. This doesn't mean it's impossible to land a starting spot in year one, it's just no longer the norm.

Inside NFL Films With The Sports-Casters | Football Nation
Their guest this week is Greg Cosell, senior producer and long-time veteran of NFL Films. Cosell joins the guys to chat about the history of NFL Films and the great things to come for the legendary sports production company. Cosell: Tells us that NFL Films is producing 13 more episodes of the popular "Football Life" documentary series Talks about the evolution of the NFL Matchup Program Ponders why coaches' "all 22" tape is unavailable to the public in this age of information Discusses his job interview with NFL Films founder Ed Sabol back in 1979 Says everyone at NFL Films was touched by Sabol's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Dives into the debates he had with Ron Jaworski about what to include in their book, "The Games that Changed the Game."

2012 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East | NFL Articles
The reigning Super Bowl champion, New York Giants will be facing some stiffer competition this coming season, as each of their three divisional opponents traded up in the 2012 NFL Draft to add elite, immediate impact starters –the Redskins most notably trading up to the 2nd pick of the draft to select Robert Griffin III, the Cowboys moving up to pick 6 to select Morris Claiborne, and the Eagles jumping up to the 14th slot to select Fletcher Cox.

2012 NFL Draft Grades: NFC South | NFL Articles
In Matt Ryan’s rookie year of 2008, the Falcons flew to new heights and the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2004. Ryan won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts in 2008, and despite missing the playoffs in 2009, earned first-round byes in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs for back-to-back double digit win seasons. Since then, however critics have done nothing but point at Ryan’s lack of a single playoff victory and failure to take the team to the next level –the Super Bowl.

2012 NFL Draft Grades: AFC West | NFL Articles
The AFC West may not currently be one of the league's best, but it is one of the most competitive. It will be one of the most fun to watch in 2012: The Broncos are now led by Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer has had an entire offseason to work with the rest of the Raiders, Kansas City gets Jamaal Charles back, and the Chargers always seem to be a game or two away from greatness every season.

2012 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West | NFL Articles
What has statistically been one the worst NFC divisions over the last half decade, the NFC West has quickly rebounded from its’ mediocrity with the influx of new coaching staffs for the Seahawks and the 49ers –Pete Carroll (Seattle) won a division title and playoff game versus the then-reigning Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints; and Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco) won a division title and made it to the NFC Championship game against the Saints.

High Percentage of Undrafted Free Agents Could Make NFL Rosters - Mocking The Draft
One of the most surprising things for me following the recent NFL draft was the amount of quality, high profile players that went undrafted. Guys like Chris Polk and Chase Minnifield were thought to have been rated as highly as second or third round talents fell of boards due to injuries while others fell due to the sheer depth at their position. Receivers Dwight Jones and Jeff Fuller along with cornerbacks Donnie Fletcher and Leonard Johnson were casualties of this.

2011's Best Performances: Guards | ProFootballFocus.com
Yesterday was all about the offensive tackles and today we’re looking at our list of top offensive guard performances from the 2011 season. These are the defenders of the A-gaps and the ones who put the power into physical run games.

Can Georgia QB Aaron Murray challenge Matt Barkley? | National Football Post
Do the two grade out equally?

Should we buy the offseason hype with Moss? | National Football Post
Reports on the WR should create some hope, but the regular season is a different story.

Russell Wilson impresses Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at camp - NFL.com
Russell Wilson stepped in behind center for the first minicamp of his professional career on Friday and never took a break.

Russell Wilson shows few shortcomings in his first NFL minicamp | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
At 5-foot-10 5/8, former Wisconsin and current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has one obvious "handicap" in the way of his eventual NFL success, and very little else impeding his progress. The man who led the NCAA in passing efficiency in 2011 was described by Seahawks general manager John Schneider as the kind of player who could "tilt a room" after he was selected in the third round, and on the first day of Seattle's rookie minicamp, Wilson showed that he's got a lot on the ball when he's flinging it around.

Taking notes: NFC West rookie camps - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A quick spin around NFC West rookie camps in search of notes to file away:

Fantasy Football 2012 Rankings: Running Back Part I - Fake Teams
We're off and running for fantasy football. It'll be August before you know it and we're starting the rankings. Here are the running backs.

First rookie workout: Thoughts from Bruce Irvin, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll |
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.

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