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BOISE ID - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos calls a play against the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25 2010 in Boise Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Holy crap it's a whole new week.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Are Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore big enough? Plus, all the latest dope.

Rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner working with the starters for the Seattle Seahawks - Mocking The Draft
it appears the Seahawks may have found their 2012 starter at middle linebacker. Wagner worked with the starters at minicamp this weekend. Inside linebackers tend to have a smooth transition to the NFL. Wagner should be no different. He has the talent and the football instincts to make an instant impact.

2011's Best Performance's: Inside Linebackers | ProFootballFocus.com
Just two pieces left in our series looking at the best one-off performances from 2011. That means we’ve got linebackers to look at and up first are the inside guys. That involves looking at middle linebackers in 4-3 defenses and both inside linebackers in the 3-4 versions. We’ve put together a Top 5 at both spots with each set taking into consideration how these single-game studs performed against the run, in coverage, and rushing the passer while also taking into account what (if any) penalties they picked up. So let’s start with the five top-graded middle linebacker performances.

NFL - Rookie adjustments over, expect leap from Jake Locker, others - ESPN
Every year people get fired up for the NFL draft, only to be disappointed when they don't see immediate dividends. I do it too. But the reality is that many consider the jump from college to the NFL as bad or worse than the jump from high school to college. It's like the old cliché about sitting down in your first college class at Yale, and the teacher asks "How many of you were valedictorians?" Half the hands go up.

NFL - CBA change proving costly for injured players - ESPN
There is always a loophole. During their contentious negotiations with the National Football League for a new collective bargaining agreement, the players fought hard for a reduction in their workload. They wanted the offseason to really be an offseason. They didn't want to have to live at the practice facility in March, April, May and June.

NFL - What will OTAs reveal? - ESPN
Finally, NFL coaches get to do some real coaching. Organized team activities got underway this week for franchises that hired new coaches. Oakland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay assembled their full squads on a voluntary basis this week. The Dolphins, under new coach Joe Philbin, opted to join the rest of the league in starting next week.

Ranking the top five QB prospects for 2013 | National Football Post
Does Matt Barkley stand atop our board?

Finding the Fits: Boykin might not start for Eagles, but should contribute early and often - CBSSports
Over the next several weeks, NFLDraftScout.com will be reviewing some of the more intriguing picks made during the 2012 NFL Draft through a series called "Finding the Fits." The goal of the series is to identify one relatively unheralded player per team who appears to be a good schematic fit and therefore more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his pro career.

Seattle Seahawks Questions 2012 Season - QB Competition, Matt Flynn, Bruce Irvin, Josh Portis
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church weigh in with his first 2012 season question marks for your Seahawks. Who will be the starting quarterback? How much playing time will Robert Turbin get? What will happen to Josh Portis? Will Bruce Irvin prove himself as a legitimate pass rusher? Will Seattle keep up with the rest of the NFC West division? Want answers? Read on...

One game still sticks in Doug Baldwin's craw - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin would naturally point to the Seahawks' Week 5 win over the Giants as one of the games that stood out for him during his stellar rookie season

101Sports.com: Tony Softli - Jason Smith's Journey Back to Relevance
I sat down with Jason Smith after the Rams’ OTA (organized team activity) session on Friday. The former second overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, who was picked to play left tackle to protect the quarterback’s blindside, moved to right tackle after his rookie season to make way for another young athletic tackle, Rodger Saffold. Perhaps more troubling for the Baylor product: a mounting injury history that has sent up many a red flag.

Keenan Allen (WR, California) vs USC, Texas & Washington " Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m not crazy about the potential wide receiver class for 2013. A lot can change in the space of a year, but there’s nobody like AJ Green, Julio Jones or Justin Blackmon who you expect to be a top ten pick. Cal’s Keenan Allen is ranked #16 in our top 40 watch list but that’s mainly based on potential. He’s not helped by inconsistent quarterback play and the fact he’s not performing in a high powered PAC-12 offense. That’ll hurt his stock. Even so, physically he has a lot of potential and is worth monitoring.

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL… - NFL.com
In the newspaper world, the football coverage for Sunday’s paper is in the form of a notes package. In the Internet world, we can do notes, too. I’ve been trying to come up with some kinda feature for Sunday on the blog, and I may tweak this going forward. But today — using posts like this and this for inspiration — I’ll offer nine thoughts on nine things going on around the NFL. Why nine? I don’t know, why not?

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