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2013 Post-Draft Review 05/10 by FantasyGuru | Blog Talk Radio
Hansen reviews the 2013 draft and fantasy implications with Adam Caplan (@CaplanNFL) and Greg Cosell (@GregCosell).

NFL - Russell Wilson faces new pressure - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson spent last week's minicamp doing what he usually does -- saying all the right things. He talked about the need to grow and expand on what he did during his impressive rookie season. He raved about his team's talented roster, one that now includes explosive wide receiver Percy Harvin. What Wilson didn't have to say, however, is something that should be all too obvious to anybody watching the NFL this year. Of all the young star quarterbacks coming off breakout seasons, he still has more to prove than any of his peers.

Russell Wilson and changing perceptions - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson frequently faced questions about his relative lack of height last season. He changed the subject during a successful rookie season as the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback, posting an 11-5 record while matching Peyton Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes. Up next for Wilson: changing perceptions about his role within the offense.

Patriots' Aaron Hernandez questioned by police in homicide probe - NFL - SI.com
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was questioned by police investigating a possible homicide in this town 40 miles south of Boston. A source with knowledge of the investigation said Massachusetts State police spoke to Hernandez on Monday and were interested in possibly searching his home.

Earl Thomas: Seahawks 'haven't forgotten' playoff loss - NFL.com
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas doesn't want to forget about his team's loss in the NFC playoffs last year. Will it motivate Thomas to take his game to the next level?

Seahawks Seek 12 Fans for President’s Advisory Council
Team plans to elevate role of the 12th MAN® even more

Fantasy Roundtable: WR debate - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The ESPN fantasy analysts put the Denver Broncos' Demaryius Thomas and the Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin under examination for those who might have a choice between the two wide receivers in an upcoming draft.

Thomas talks on NFL AM | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
On if he believes offenses are going to be as successful running the Pistol and read-option this upcoming season: “Our offense will be successful [laughing]. But like you said, defenses do catch up. During the offseason, we’ve been gameplanning, putting ourselves in different situations and you learn from those situations. Definitely when you’re talking about the Pistol, I think it’s just assignment football. When you know what you have and there are no grey areas in a defense, I think you’ll be fine.”

Davis to Speak at NFL Symposium
Vernon Davis has been mentoring his rookie teammates all offseason. Now, the San Francisco 49ers tight end will get to share wisdom with a larger group of rookies at the National Football League’s 16th Rookie Symposium.

Russell Wilson: "I don't really like running" - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Russell Wilson was a guest on ESPN’s Mike and Mike last week. Of course I missed it, since I don’t tend to listen to that East Coast hype nonsense, but luckily someone was nice enough to point me to a podcast of the interview.

Korey Toomer making up for lost time
After spending his rookie season watching and waiting following shoulder surgery, linebacker Korey Toomer is back and ready to show the coaches he can contribute by using his speed and athleticism.

The magic number is 50 | National Football Post
Average a combined total of 50 rushing attempts and completions per game and a winning season will likely follow.

As franchise tag deadline nears, don't expect a lot of deals - CBSSports.com
The franchise tag deadline looms for players like Broncos LT Ryan Clady and Bills safety Jairus Byrd. Jason La Canfora checks on negotiations to project which deals gets done.

Cromartie can be, but doesn’t want to be, the best corner in the league | ProFootballTalk
Confidence is an important trait for any pro athlete. That’s why the offseason routinely consists of plenty of boasts regarding performances to come in the next NFL campaign.

Yards per Attempt: Where Does it Go Wrong?
Yards per Attempt is the basic statistic around which the passing game should be measured. It forms the base of my favorite predictive statistic (Net Yards per Attempt) and my favorite explanatory statistic (Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt). But it’s not perfect.

Mirror Images: Ben Roethlisberger-Troy Polamalu | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Probably the saddest and most disturbing story of this off-season has been that of young Titus Young. I shouldn’t really call the wide receiver “young”, because he’s actually older than I am. But I feel there is a certain level of empathy that everyone can feel with the troubled star and his issues aren’t a reflection of youth, experience, or anything like that. For whatever reason, Young embarked on a misguided journey full of reckless actions this off-season, reckless actions that ultimately landed him in prison and out of the league.

What Could Colin Kaepernick be Worth in 2014? - Over the Cap
One of my readers asked for a possible number for the 49’ers to use on extensions for Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith. While I haven’t had a chance to look more at smith in depth I thought touching on Kaepernick would make for an interesting topic as he could be one of the first rookie extensions of the new CBA when the season is over.

79-Day NFL Warning: The Season-Long Colin Kaepernick Experience - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
I’ve learned in my two decades of attending professional sporting events that I have a tendency to inflate moments I witness. I’m sure Michael Jordan’s best playoff game wasn’t Game 1 in the first round against the Bullets in 1997, but because it was the first one I’d seen, it feels that way. When it comes to Colin Kaepernick’s performance in last year’s divisional round, which I watched from the Candlestick press box, I’m fairly confident my spot in the building didn’t skew what I saw that day.

Rookies to Watch: Justin Hunter | Audibles - SI.com
As we power through the summer toward training camps, Chris Burke will highlight players that interest him this season for various reasons. This week, he’s looking at three rookies who might star in 2013.

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