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The Backyard Banter Quarterback Typology - Backyard Banter
Quarterback, the holy grail of sports positions. If you’re an NFL organization and you have one, you feel great. The ones that don’t are always looking up at the proverbial glass ceiling. It’s been years since a team without an above average quarterback won a Super Bowl.

Looking at the Sando/ESPN QB Rankings from a Salary Perspective
OTC examines ESPNs' consensus QB Rankings and compares those rankings with each QB's salary, determining some of the best and worst bargains in the NFL

How Jared Veldheer neutralizes the speed and power of opposing pass rushers | theScore
The sun pierced through the clear blue sky and looked down into the breezy stadium, on to each team’s sideline, dividing them between light and dark. In the light was the Denver Broncos, a high-powered team playing for records and a first week bye in the playoffs. In the darkness was the Oakland Raiders, a perennial loser and men fighting for another contract.

Digging deeper into the 49ers' run-pass ratio - Niners Nation
The 49ers are widely considered to be one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL. Using data from Football Perspective, we delve a bit deeper into that notion and consider what that might mean for San Francisco's run/pass ratio next season.

Old Marshawn Lynch Bills jersey appears in BBC newscast - Gusto - The Buffalo News
Tension is high on the streets of East Jerusalem following the discovery of a Palestinian teenager's dead body, which occurred shortly after three Israeli teens believed to have been abducted were buried. The events have precipitated numerous clashes in the area, as documented in this BBC News report by Christian Fraser earlier today. Fraser's report outlines the confrontation occurring between Palestinian youths and Israeli police after the discovery.

Can Kendall Hunter be more than just another face in the crowd? - SBNation.com
Kendall Hunter has been trying to establish his role in San Francisco since 2011. With a crowded roster of running backs around him, will he finally push through?

Breaking Down The Lovie Smith Defense for the 2014 Buccaneers: Not "Just a Tampa 2" - Bucs Nation
Lovie Smith is back in Tampa, and that means a return to the Buccaneer defenses of the late 90's and early 2000's. Or does it? I spoke to a former Lovie Smith defender to find out more.

Seahawks' No. 5 all-time player - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The countdown continues on my list of the top 10 Seahawks in franchise history. Current players on the Super-Bowl winning team, some of whom obviously

Seahawks optimistic James Carpenter finally ready to play like a first-rounder | AL.com
When the Seattle Seahawks took Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter with the 25th selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, the pick raised some eyebrows, and those naysayers have had the last word ever since, even though Carpenter started in Seattle's Super Bowl victory last season.

San Francisco 49ers Safety Eric Reid Dishes on Concussions and Seahawks Rivalry | Bleacher Report
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid made the Pro Bowl last season as a rookie.

Lynch: ‘I think the biggest buildup now is preparing for next season’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Marshawn Lynch: “Man, that [expletive] is crazy. As far as the buildup, I could’ve stayed at home. I didn’t need all that.” Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks/2014/06/30/lynch-i-think-the-biggest-buildup-now-is-preparing-for-next-season/#.U7MqWv6ffHA.twitter#storylink=cpy

Seahawks have some career marks that will be difficult to erase
Even at his current league-leading pace, can Richard Sherman surpass Dave Brown’s franchise record for career interceptions? And is Brown’s mark destined to be the longest lasting in Seahawks’ history?

Russell Wilson is still underrated, and that's good news - 710sports.com
Russell Wilson has been underestimated. Again.

Hawk Talk highlights: Wilson a top-5 quarterback? - 710sports.com
Highlights from the latest edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil:

Lesson that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith must learn - ESPN
However, he must learn from the incident. The San Francisco 49ers’ star linebacker has to realize that he has to do the right thing every day and his actions are going to be closely watched.

Ranking Russell | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As noted in the earlier blog post, Russell Wilson will be revealed tonight somewhere in numbers 11-20 of the NFL Network’s countdown of the Top 100 Players of 2014.

Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu running at '60, 70 percent' - NFL.com
Seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL, Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said he's running at "60, 70 percent" and hopes to participate in drills at training camp.

Top 100 NFL players: Patrick Peterson the best at corner, but it's close - CBSSports.com
Pete Prisco unveils his list of the top 100 players in the NFL, noting that although Richard Sherman is a great cornerback, Patrick Peterson is the best of them all.

Ex-NFL GM Charley Casserly: Russell Wilson not a top-12 QB - CBSSports.com
Charley Casserly probably isn't going to get a warm welcome the next time he's in Seattle. In a piece for NFL.com this week, the former NFL general manager wrote that he's not too high on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Finding the Fits: Key role for rookie Khyri Thornton in Green Bay? - CBSSports.com
This article is one of a 32-part series in which the goal is to identify one relatively unheralded player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft who appears to be an especially good schematic fit with his new NFL team.

Team preview: Indianapolis Colts | National Football Post
Are Andrew Luck and company ready to make a deep postseason run?

Julius Thomas: Broncos will use me more creatively this year | ProFootballTalk
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is one of several players keeping an eye on how things play out with Jimmy Graham's franchise tag grievance because his future contract negotiations will likely be impacted by whatever the arbitrator rules in regard to Graham being viewed as a tight end or a wide rece...

What Now? Graham Camp All But Out Of Options - Over the Cap
The franchise tag—a staple in the NFL CBA since the early 1990s—benefits the owners and handicaps the players.  This is not a revelation nor classified information; both sides are fully aware of what the tag can do.

The Raider's 2014 roster looks like a blast from the past. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier Article
The Raiders entered free agency with millions of dollars of cap space to burn. And burn it they did, on a free agent haul that sounds like a Pro Bowl roster from about four years ago. The good news is that they still have $10 million in cap space leftover.

The Jets took some risks while trying to improve. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier Article
The Jets could have played it safe this offseason, but instead they imported big names like Michael Vick, Chris Johnson and Eric Decker. For the first time, Geno Smith has some weapons to play with, but he'll also have to do it with Vick looking over his shoulder.

Who is the Rams most overrated & most underrated player? - Turf Show Times
So who could be the Rams most overrated and underrated players? Is Sam Bradford mentioned? What about Chris Long? You know you want to find out.

Is Sam Bradford a third-tier quarterback? - Turf Show Times
ESPN's Mike Sando got eight general managers, two former GMs, four pro personnel evaluators, seven coordinators, two head coaches, two position coaches and a top executive to rank every starting QB. The results are telling.

Carson Palmer stats: Breaking down his distribution numbers - Revenge of the Birds
How do Palmer's number break down by the players he throws the ball to?

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