Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Thursday

Kevin C. Cox

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Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Marshawn Lynch lead Body Issue list - ESPN
"We somehow manage to raise the bar each year," said ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman. "This year's collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types. It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes' bodies and all they are capable of."

Marshawn Lynch will bare it all in ESPN Magazine's Body Issue - 710sports.com
ESPN The Magazine released its list of sports stars who will bare it all in the upcoming "Body Issue" and we'll be seeing a lot more of one Seahawk.

Seahawks fan making Super Bowl ring for Seattle’s 12th Man - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
By now you’ve surely seen the Super Bowl rings the Seattle Seahawks received last week. Perhaps you even wished you could have a ring of your own.

Kaepernick, receivers could be in for a big year - SFGate
[...] it would be hard to throw the ball less than they have in the Jim Harbaugh era. Since 2011, the 49ers have ranked no higher than 31st in the NFL in pass attempts, but Roman suggested they could stray, at least a bit, from their power-running roots. Because we've got some new guys in, Brandon Lloyd has been out there everyday. In a nod to their veteran status, running back Frank Gore and defensive tackle Justin Smith were spectators during the first practice of minicamp.

Seahawks Plan 2 Alaska Visits in July, Bringing Lombardi Trophy | Local News - KTUU.com Anchorage
The Seattle Seahawks are coming to Alaska in July, and they’re bringing a prized possession with them.

Seahawks add former UW WR Kevin Smith | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks have filled the opening on their roster created yesterday with the release of DT Andru Pulu by signing former Washington WR Kevin Smith. (Times reporter Adam Jude has this on Smith’s signing, as well, the news coming via an NFL source). UPDATE — The has signed officially announced Smith’s signing.

Russell Wilson & Kasey Kahne Team Up for The DRIVE
Russell Wilson and Kasey Kahne held a pep rally in the North Plaza of CenturyLink Field to kick off their "The DRIVE" charity event benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

Marshawn Lynch on the links
NFL Network's Omar Ruiz catches Marshawn Lynch at his second annual "The Big Golf Game" charity event.

Seahawks score big with 2014 ESPY nominations - 710sports.com
As if winning the Super Bowl isn't enough, the Seahawks are up for another trophy this year, nominated for four ESPYs, the annual sports awards given out by ESPN.

Seahawks rookies who can make an immediate impact - 710sports.com
We pause amidst the heralding of Richardson's breakout potential to acknowledge the following reality: These kinds of stories are a staple of NFL coverage this time of year, optimism unchecked as everyone looks ahead to everything that will be new and/or different in the coming year that holds so much potential for each of the league's 32 teams. Even Cleveland.

Who will be the top wide receivers of 'The Top 100'? - NFL.com
Dez Bryant will be revealed on NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 tonight. Which receivers will rank ahead of him? Around the League predicts the top of the top 100.

Jimmy Graham tops preseason tight end rankings - NFL.com
Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham are at the top of Around The League's tight end rankings. Who else makes the cut -- and who's falling? Chris Wesseling explores.

Will Marquess Wilson be Chicago Bears' No. 3 WR? - NFL.com
Marquess Wilson stands 6-foot-3 and could be another long target for Jay Cutler. The second-year wide receiver reportedly is in line for the Bears' No. 3 receiver job unless he "falters significantly."

How the NFL became a 12 month sport | National Football Post
The evolution of the year-round product.

Small-town charm is what makes the Canadian Football League so great | The MMQB with Peter King
For some people, all they know about the Canadian Football League comes from the time Homer Simpson watched the CFL draft, and the announcers say the Saskatchewan Roughriders scored only four rouges all last season.

Finnegan’s comments ruffle Rams’ feathers | ProFootballTalk
Finnegan called the team’s defensive approach in 2013 “atrocious,” adding that former defensive coordinator Tim Walton was “in over [his] head” and that the defense struggled from “game plan to technique to fundamentals.”

The Value of a First Down — FootballPerspective.com
What is the value of a first down? By that I mean, how many marginal yards is a first down actually worth? Here’s another way to word the question: If 3 first downs and 80 yards are worth X, then 2 first downs and [???] many yards are equal to X?

NFL offseason: What's happening around the NFC West - Revenge of the Birds
While the negative time of the off season seems to be in full swing, take heart Cardinals fans, there are questions for every team in the division.

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