Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

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Baldwin on NFL Network: 'There’s going to be a target on our backs' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
In the wake of signing his new deal Thursday, Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin was a guest on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access tonight.

Rookies try on their new uniforms at NFLPA event - NFL.com
The NFLPA Rookie Premiere on Saturday featured top draft picks wearing their team uniforms for the first time. Check out Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater among others.

Aaron Rodgers increases yoga exercises, drops weight - NFL.com
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shed 11 pounds in the offseason and put more focus on gaining flexibility following a season in which injury sidelined him for seven weeks. How did Rodgers do it?

Second year spotlight: AFC East | National Football Post
Two quarterbacks make the list of players to watch in 2014.

A History of the NFL in 95 Objects: Bill Walsh 49ers video | The MMQB with Peter King
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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Greg Robinson
After an extended post-Super Bowl Spring Break I’m happy to announce that I’ll be back in these parts for about the next six weeks before taking one last vacation ahead of the season. Since I always have a tough time coming up with offseason content, I’d love for you guys to make suggestions in the comment section about what you’d like to see in this space over the next several weeks.

Former NFL G.M. in favor of moving back the early-entry date | ProFootballTalk
As long as there are only seven rounds in the draft and just 32 NFL teams, it seems a good bet that multiple underclassmen will go unselected in any given year. The competition for jobs in pro football's premier league is just too strong.

PFT’s All-Unemployed Team has a new quarterback | ProFootballTalk
It's been a tough run of late for Josh Freeman, so let's look on the bright side: he is clearly the best unsigned quarterback in late-offseason free agency, the first player at his position who should get a call if there's an injury.

49ers' Michael Wilhoite keeping underdog attitude - SFGate
The 49ers' inside linebacker has never paid attention to the NFL draft and has no intention of doing so in the future. After he attended the 49ers' fan-filled draft bash this month, he went home and watched an NBA playoff game instead of the rest of the first round. Bowman, who tore two knee ligaments in the NFC Championship Game in January, could miss half the regular season. An undrafted free agent from Division II Washburn University, he had a stint in the now-defunct United Football League and worked as a shoe salesman before landing on the 49ers' practice squad in December 2011. Wilhoite had 20 tackles and the 49ers allowed one touchdown in wins over the Rams and Texans. [...] Borland also arrives with the second-most forced fumbles (15) in FBS history and as Wisconsin's first linebacker since 1951 to be named a first-team All-American. Because we play with pads.

How Pass-Heavy Offenses Continue to Reshape NFL Operations | Bleacher Report
Football is a different game than it was 20 years ago, and team-building has changed right along with it...

NFL 101: Introducing the Read-Option | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

A Starting Point for Running Back Projections in 2014 (FBG) — FootballPerspective.com
Last year, I provided a starting point for my running back projections. The idea is pretty simple: some fantasy statistics are much more repeatable, or sticky, than others. Over at Footballguys.com, I used the following formula to help isolate those factors:

Numbers Rarely Lie «
Predicting the 2014 NFL season — with the help of a few key stats

St. Louis Rams Position Battle: The OTHER Tight Ends - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams have a few young tight ends vying for playing time in 2014. Based on their varying skill sets, which direction will they go when rounding out their depth chart?

Carson Palmer: Playing behind starting QB as rookie 'very good' and 'very bad' - Revenge of the Birds
The veteran spoke recently about his experience sitting out a season behind Jon Kitna.

Seahawks’ handling of Doug Baldwin latest chapter in manual of NFL success | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Doug Baldwin’s deal is another example of how well the Seahawks unearth and deploy talent, but another key is the trust management is building with players.

Detroit Lions' multiple fronts reminiscent of what Seattle Seahawks are running | MLive.com
New Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is installing an aggressive scheme predicated on multiple fronts, a concept that is rapidly spreading around the league.

Who is the Seahawks' most underrated player? | KING5.com Seattle
Some NFL players don’t receive enough credit. As organized team activities unfold, here’s a list of the most underrated player on each NFC roster, with the caveat that each hasn’t made the Pro Bowl or been named to an All-Pro team.

Are Nick Saban and Pete Carroll alike? Lane Kiffin says in at least one way, yes | AL.com
Kiffin, who has now worked for both, said that while their systems are "completely different," there's one thing they share in common, and it's not just the national championship hardware.

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