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The Prospect Playbook: Andrew Luck - Mocking The Draft - Everyone's favorite shoe-in #1 overall pick, Andrew Luck, has a bit of pressure to work under this year.  NFL fans will be watching him closely as the Suck for Luck campaign heats up.  He'll anchor a top-10 team that is the second highest ranking Pac-12 team behind BCS Championship runner-up Oregon (the November 12th meeting between the two teams should be a damn good one).  And yes, he tried the 1970s Bill Walton look for most of the summer.  Or is it the Abe Lincoln?  I'm not good with beards.   Forthcoming pressures aside, Luck has established quite the reputation going into his redshirt junior year.  During last year's Orange Bowl, John Gruden showed three aspects of his play that make him such a coveted prospect:

Seahawks vs. Broncos: 6 Lessons Learned from Preseason Week 3 Loss | Bleacher Report - The Seahawks managed to hang tough in a last-second loss on a field goal, a 23-20 defeat in Denver. They were significantly out-gained in total yards, continued to be plagued by penalties and showed this team has improvement to do before Week 1 of the regular season. Based on Pete Carroll's postgame comments, this team will be made aware of the fixes it must make going into the final week of the preseason. Getting better going forward falls on both the coaches and the players, especially heading into a short week, preparing to host Oakland on Friday. Here are six lessons learned from the loss in Denver.

10 Undrafted Free Agents Who Could Make the Cut - - Those of us who root for the underdog seem to latch on to an undrafted free agent or two each summer in the hopes that our favorite NFL team has unearthed the next Tony Romo, Arian Foster or John Randle. With limited opportunity to make a strong impression on coaches this year due to prolonged holdout and lack of mini camps, it has been a steeper climb than ever for undrafted rookies, and yet there are several throughout the league who appear well on their way to making active rosters.

First Impressions - Seahawks @ Broncos | - Cornerback Brandon Browner is going to have a spot on this team and will even make a push to be the permanent replacement for the now departed Kelly Jennings. Browner started in the place of Jennings (who sat out this game with a sore hamstring) and made the most of his opportunity to impress the coaching staff. He faired well against the ever so impressive Brandon Lloyd, who finished the night with only two catches for 32 yards. In addition to that, Browner had four tackles and one pass defended and was above average in coverage night. While he is by no means a shutdown corner, Browner’s stature allows him to be physical and get in your face off the line. Whether he gets the starting nod when the season begins remains to be seen, but Saturday night gave the Seahawks a small sample size into what the former Canadian Football League cornerback can do. news: Rookie coach and rebuilding team might face long year - Jason La Canfora Rookie head coach + QB by default + a disgruntled RB = Not a good combination. Prediction: 5-11, fourth in NFC West. news: Kolb improves Cards, but will it be enough to win NFC West? - Jason La Canfora No matter what you think of Kevin Kolb, he has to be markedly better than what they got out of the position in 2010. Prediction: 8-8, second in NFC West. news: Bradford and Co. face brutal first-half schedule - Jason La Canfora Love Sam Bradford and what they are building here, but the brutal first-half schedule will make every game in the second half something like a postseason game. That's alot for young team to handle. Prediction: 7-9, second in NFC West. news: Defending division champs still face big questions at QB - Jason La Canfora They won a division, but a six-win season would only be one fewer than a year ago, and this is still a team early in a rebuild. Prediction: 6-10, third in NFC West.

With Carlson out, Miller's signing key - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The Seattle Seahawks didn't really need to pursue a starting tight end in free agency this offseason. They felt fortunate when the Oakland Raiders let Zach Miller reach free agency, and they were thrilled to sign a young, proven talent.

Seahawks Blog | TE John Carlson to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery | Seattle Times Newspaper - Tight end John Carlson will miss this season because of a torn labrum, which will require surgery. Carlson, 27, played in the team's first exhibition game, but was sitting out practice the following week. He has not practiced the past two weeks because of the shoulder injury. Carlson was watching Tuesday's practice.

Seahawks Blog | 'Hawk Talk: Chat transcript with Danny O'Neil | Seattle Times Newspaper Blog | A little Q&A "  - Some of you asked questions in the live blog during Saturday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver that deserved more than a quick answer. So let’s turn those into a Q&A:

Saints' defense recovering from playoff upset - NFL - Yahoo! Sports - As the New Orleans Saints’ defenders streamed into a semi-darkened room for their first meeting of training camp in late July, there wasn’t much mystery as to which horror flick might await them.

Seahawks Cable cherishes his Snohomish County roots " Kitsap Sun - Tom Cable would rather talk about the fraternity of coaches he has long been a part of than the one he joined following the 2010 season. That's because Cable, now the Seahawks' assistant head coach and offensive line coach, would much rather be defined by the fact that he is part of a long lineage of successful coaches from Snohomish County, and not by the fact that in January he became part of the not so exclusive group of head coaches let go by Al Davis, the controversial owner Oakland Raiders.

Tuslaw grad Ryan Travis cut by Seahawks - Canton, OH - - Former Tuslaw Mustang standout Ryan Travis was one of eight players cut by the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, the team announced.

Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson weathers perfect storm - Seahawks News - - When you look around the league, the one statistic that is up and thriving is quarterback hits. Sacks, pressures and hits ... they're all the same to a quarterback like Tarvaris Jackson. Whether you're sacked, forced out of the pocket or hit as you throw the ball, it means not being able to throw the ball on rhythm or use the proper mechanics that you've been taught your entire career. It's not just a Seahawks' problem this year and several factors out of T-Jack's control have come together to create the perfect storm for Seattle.

On ex-Ram Karney's visit to Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Former St. Louis Rams fullback Mike Karney expected the Seattle Seahawks to sign him nearly one month ago. "I packed as if I was going to training camp," Karney told the Kentwood (Wash.) Reporter back in early August. Karney did not sign with the team at that time, but news of his latest visit to the team, reported by ESPN's John Clayton, suggests something could get done. Why would Karney make a second visit to the team in less than four weeks without a realistic shot at signing? He expected a deal the last time.

Seahawks Vs. Raiders: Marshawn Lynch, David Hawthorne Out; Russell Okung Close To Returning - SB Nation Seattle - The Seattle Seahawks will play without running back Marshawn Lynch, linebacker David Hawthorne and offensive tackle Russell Okung for Friday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

From the sidelines: Seahawks at Broncos - On Friday night in the final team meeting before kickoff, Carroll spoke about how he thought the 2010 Seahawks didn’t truly discover their identity until the 16th game of the season, when they shut down the Rams at home to capture the NFC West crown.

James Carpenter competing with Breno Giacomini, plus other Seahawks notes | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - - The past couple of days have not been particularly encouraging for the progress of Seahawks rookie right tackle James Carpenter. First, he was made to look rather foolish by Broncos defensive end Von Miller in Saturday’s preseason game against Denver, Miller blowing past him on several occasions, recording sacks on two of them. And then in Tuesday’s practice, Carpenter was splitting time with the No. 1 offense with reserve tackle Breno Giacomini, perhaps a sign that Carpenter’s starting spot isn’t assured, even for the season opener. Coach Pete Carroll indicated that nothing is set in stone. Or ink, even.

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