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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 11: C.J. Spillman #27 of the San Francisco 49ers downs a punt at the one yard line against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

How 'bout that sports match last night?

Doug Baldwin: No clear leader between Flynn, Jackson - NFL.com
The quarterback battle in Seattle between Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and even rookie Russell Wilson is heating up -- we would assume -- but according to WR Doug Baldwin there is no clear cut leader, yet.

Veteran NFL quarterbacks learn to deal with new backup roles - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
In the first weekend of the 2011 NFL season, Jason Campbell, Rex Grossman, Chad Henne, Colt McCoy and Kyle Orton were starting quarterbacks for their respective teams.

NFL rankings: Chart-topper Arian Foster is league's most complete back - NFL - Sporting News
The NFL is loaded with talented running backs. So instead of ranking just the top 10, Sporting News gives you its projected top 20 backs for the 2012 season.

C.J. Spillman Eyes Bigger Role
It was just one play in one May practice, but C.J. Spillman certainly looked the part. Lined up in man-to-man coverage against fellow Marshall alum Randy Moss, Spillman shadowed the veteran wideout closely before breaking on an out route and swatting the ball down to the ground. It was just the type of display of athleticism that helped earn Spillman a vote of confidence from the 49ers, as he signed a three-year extension with the club this offseason.

Whatever happened to June 1 free agency? | ProFootballTalk
Lawyers aren’t supposed to ask questions to which they don’t know the answer. (Could it be that I’m no longer a lawyer because I failed to follow that advice?) In this specific case, however, I’ve got the answer to the question that serves as the headline to this item.

Pete Carroll still isn't positive why his team was docked OTA sessions - CBSSports.com
After the NFL and NFLPA punished the Seahawks for breaking the ban against live contact, coach Pete Carroll said he's still not sure exactly what went wrong.

How much would replacement refs affect the NFL? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
If the NFL and the NFL Referees' Association can't come to terms on a new agreement -- and it certainly seems that they won't for a good while -- how will that affect the games?

Is Tavon Austin an elite slot prospect? | National Football Post
The West Virginia standout is dynamic with the ball in his hands.

Playbook breakdown: 'Hi-Lo Triple-In Flood' | National Football Post
Taking a look at the west coast route on the chalkboard.

Ryan Tannehill might be best rookie QB, says Evans - NFL.com
He might not get the most attention among rookie quarterbacks, but Ryan Tannehill might be the best of the bunch, says NFL Network analyst Heath Evans.

Five running backs who could lead a playoff push in 2012 - NFL.com
In the Era of the Quarterback, a handful of teams still rely heavily on the ground game. Steve Wyche identifies five running backs who could carry their respective teams to the playoffs in 2012.

Wrestling over the Cardinals' OLB talent - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"Haggans was 30 years old and his sack numbers were declining when Arizona signed him in free agency from Pittsburgh before the 2007 season," I wrote. "The fact that Haggans remains viable five years later is a tribute to him. It also reflects the Cardinals' protracted search for anyone as good, let alone better. Missing on 2009 second-round choice Cody Brown remains costly."

Seahawks' K.J. Wright Slated for Breakout Year - SB Nation Seattle
Gary Horton, of ESPN's Scouts, Inc, recently put together a list for breakout players in the NFC this upcoming season, and Seahawks' linebacker K.J. Wright cracked the top ten.

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