Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

RENTON, WA - MAY 11: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 11, 2012 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

TUESDAY.

Thinking Like an NFL Scout - Offense | The Sideline View
There are different philosophies for different teams. It is clear that a study of two teams may unearth a great deal of differences in terms of the types of players that they would be looking for over the first two rounds thanks to these schematic differences. However, over my years of covering the draft and talking to league personnel, I've found that many scouts and coaches have similar ideas of the physical or mental traits that they want from 1st round prospects from position to position. While the prioritizing of these traits may vary, here is a general idea of the most important trait/traits that teams will look for from each position.

Rookie QB jumps into fray in Seahawks camp | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll has seen enough.

Third-down sacks: Seeking biggest stops a defense can get - NFL - CBSSports.com
It is the offseason, the draft is over and it's a good time for teams to dig deep into last season to find improvement for 2012. My first stop in mining for answers is one of the most critical situations for any defense -- third-down situations. Most acknowledge the NFL is a passing league, and if you can't stop a passing game, you are in trouble. No greater time to stop a passing attack than on third down, or as some players like to refer to it, "the money down."

Seahawks’ ‘reach picks’ may pay immediate and surprising dividends | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The Seattle Seahawks raised eyebrows with two of their draft picks in 2012, but it appears that both players -- first-round defensive end Bruce Irvin of West Virginia and third-round quarterback Russell Wilson of Wisconsin -- could be raising eyebrows in a far more positive sense sooner than expected.

Seahawks.com Blog | Rookies join offseason program "
At the conclusion of the Seahawks’ three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday, coach Pete Carroll said, "The ‘varsity’ is not here yet, so we’ll see how that goes."

Four 2011 first-round QBs face varied challenges entering Year 2 - NFL.com
Cam Newton threw for more yards than any rookie in NFL history last year -- and ran for more touchdowns than any quarterback, of any age, ever, to boot. So how does he build on one of the greatest debut seasons the game's ever seen?

Seahawks RB Robert Turbin fills a physical role - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"He had an excellent camp," head coach Pete Carroll said Sunday. "He has terrific speed. He has excellent feet. We were a little bit unsure of how well he would flow with the zone running game because he ran out of the gun all the time. He did it like he's been doing it all along. So he showed natural instincts for the flow of the line of scrimmage.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll interviewed- NFL-32 HD - YouTube
The NFL 32 crew interviews Pete Carroll about the Seahawks off season and their prospects for 2012.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: AFC South
In a move that raised eyebrows around the league, the Texans released the highly-regarded Eric Winston prior to free agency. Winston signed with the Chiefs, becoming one of the very few players to be released, then receive a "bigger" contract than he had owed to him. With cap money hard to come by, the Texans couldn't really find many proper solutions in free agency, so Houston instead had to look to the draft. They addressed wide receiver and outside linebacker in the early rounds, and brought in some fascinating interior linemen in the middle rounds, but they don't have an obvious challenger to Rashad Butler at right tackle at this point.

Seahawks - Seattle's live and local sports station - With his performance during a three-day rookie mini-camp this weekend, QB Russell Wilson has thrown himself firmly into the quarterback competition. Head coach Pete Carroll said Wilson has shown enough that he needs to be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job. "He's going to be in the competition," Carroll said. "He's shown us enough. He's in the competition."

Top QB division belongs to Drew Brees, not Aaron Rodgers - NFL.com
I began my NFL scouting career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003. After four years there, I accepted a promotion to join the Cleveland Browns in 2007. I vividly remember telling a few of my buddies in the league about my decision to take the job with Cleveland. Most of them gave me the standard "Congratulations" or "I'm happy for you," but one response caught me off guard:

NFL -- Top 10 training camp matchups - ESPN
The new collective bargaining agreement gives players more structure but less practice time to prepare for the season.

Pete Carroll -- Russell Wilson to compete for Seattle Seahawks QB job - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Sunday that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will compete in training camp for the starting job with Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Calais Campbell On His New Contract and His Expectations: "I Think that We Can be a Top-Five Defense in Every Category"
Calais Campbell joined Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on Xtra Sports 910 in Phoenix to talk about his brand-new contract, to give his thoughts on top pick Michael Floyd and to discuss his expectations for the 2012 season in Arizona.

Seahawks Off - Season workout w/ Real Rob Report - YouTube
Back at it again! Mike turns his camera on his teammates and gets to know some of the new faces on the Seahawks offense. Doug Baldwin talks Andrew Luck and of course we got to get Beast Mode.

Bryce Brown, Chris Polk Battling for 3rd RB Spot on Philadelphia Eagles Roster | Bleacher Report
The Philadelphia Eagles spent only a seventh-round draft pick at the position, yet they have two very talented backs vying to be their No. 3 running back. Former top recruit in the country Bryce Brown and the highly decorated but undrafted Chris Polk began what should be one of the better rookie position battles of the summer this weekend at the Eagles' rookie minicamp.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: AFC South
In a move that raised eyebrows around the league, the Texans released the highly-regarded Eric Winston prior to free agency. Winston signed with the Chiefs, becoming one of the very few players to be released, then receive a "bigger" contract than he had owed to him. With cap money hard to come by, the Texans couldn't really find many proper solutions in free agency, so Houston instead had to look to the draft. They addressed wide receiver and outside linebacker in the early rounds, and brought in some fascinating interior linemen in the middle rounds, but they don't have an obvious challenger to Rashad Butler at right tackle at this point.

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.

2011′s Best Performances: Centers | ProFootballFocus.com
t’s the last day for our look at the best performances by offensive players in the 2011 season, and that means it’s the centers’ turn to take a bow as we recognize some fantastic outings.

2011's Best Performances: 4-3 Defensive Ends | ProFootballFocus.com
Yesterday was our final look at 2011′s best individual performances from offensive players so today we’re starting our look at the top defensive displays from last season.

NFL - Rookie minicamps creating new opportunities - ESPN
The first waves of rookie minicamps were completed over the weekend. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, each team is permitted one three-day rookie camp, a full minicamp and 10 OTAs (organized team activities). The unique part of the 31 rookie minicamps held over the past two weeks was how they were structured.

1st Round Pick A.J. Jenkins Out Of Shape, According To Reports - SBNation.com
Twenty-one NFL teams are participating in minicamps for their rookies, undrafted free agents and unsigned invites this weekend, including the San Francisco 49ers. Things may not be going exactly as the team by the bay had hoped, however.

Tom Brady has impressive longevity; an inspirational tale; more league notes - Peter King - SI.com
Different column this week, stretching from Foxboro (Tom Brady) to San Diego out West (Dan Fouts), from an unhappy Dolfan in the Southeast (Daniel Tosh) to Russell Wilson in the Land of Opportunity in the Northwest (Seattle), from a hotel in Oakland to a bar in D.C., from a hockey rink in New York to the busiest building in North America (Staples Center in Los Angeles) ... well, let's just get on with it.

Beyond the Shutdown 50: Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Now that the 2012 NFL draft is in the can, it's time to take the Shutdown 50 scouting format forward and get a closer look at some of the surprising and fascinating selections from this year's draft -- the guys we missed in the original 50, but who could be impact players now or down the road. Our next entry: Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, selected 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns.

What kind of a QB prospect is West Virginia’s Geno Smith? | National Football Post
How high could Smith go in 2013?

Bears have options in the route tree with Jeffery | National Football Post
After watching the rookie practice, I have some ideas.

Home field advantage rankings | National Football Post
Which teams do the best job of handling their business at home? Let’s take a look.

James Carpenter could miss Seahawks' 2012 season - NFL.com
There's "a decent chance" that Seattle Seahawks right tackle James Carpenter will not play in 2012 because of the knee injury he sustained last November, according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.

Monday metatarsal musings
Or footnotes: A rookie minicamp that included more than 30 players who were in on a tryout basis is a recipe for disaster, right? Think again. The Seahawks pulled it off over the weekend, and then some.

101Sports.com: Tony Softli - Fisher Optimistic About 2012 Draft Class
As the young Rams took the field early Friday for a walkthrough and then again later in the afternoon for what head coach Jeff Fisher called "rookie orientation," it was very obvious to me that Fisher and general manager Les Snead had already achieved several goals. The 2012 draft class was bigger, more athletic and much faster than the past three draft classes from the old regime. When Fisher was asked if this signaled the start of a rebuilding process, though, he said, "No! We deleted last year, so ... we’re putting players in place and we’re going to go out and try to win as many games as we can."

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Why is Oregon worthy of being ranked in the top five? What was veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron doing at the Seahawks' rookie minicamp? What stood out while watching Seahawks rookies Robert Turbin and Bobby Wagner?

Russell Wilson, Robert Turbin and rookies, rookies everywhere in Seattle | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Robert Turbin shows he's much more than just a battering ram out of the backfield while Russell Wilson played well enough to insert himself into the quarterback competition. Those were two of the top storylines out of the Seahawks rookie minicamp, which concluded Sunday.

About those vitally important rookie camps - NFC West Blog - ESPN
TheFault17 makes a welcome point after reading about Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson making a positive impression during rookie minicamps over the weekend.

2012 NFC West offseason glance: Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the Arizona Cardinals' offseason to this point ...

2012 NFC West offseason glance: 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the San Francisco 49ers' offseason to this point ...\

2012 NFC West offseason glance: Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the Seattle Seahawks' offseason to this point ..

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