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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs for a 49 yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs for a 49 yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Fantasy Football Top Tens - Goal Line Stand -
The wheels are officially spinning on Rotoworld's 2012 Fantasy Football Guide after Chris Wesseling, Mike Clay, Pat Daugherty, and myself each submitted player-position rankings to spreadsheet wizard Adam Levitan on Tuesday. Levitan will combine our preliminary rankings to formulate a final product. All summer, Wesseling and I will tweak them as we see fit.

2011′s Best Performances: 3-4 Defensive Ends |
Yesterday we looked at the top performances by 3-4 outside linebackers, so sticking with the 3-4 theme we’re going to look at those players lined up at defensive end. Naturally there’s one player who features more prominently than any other, but there’s still a healthy selection of players from other teams. As ever, the grades are determined by looking at how they performed defending the run, attacking the passer, and even in coverage, while factoring in what penalties they may have given up. Here’s the Top 10:

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Suh Love
Spring is a time for true love. And Suh love.

Small-school studs worth watching: Southern Utah QB Brad Sorensen | Draft Breakdown
A BYU transfer, Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen has quickly made a name for himself as one of the top small-school gunslingers worth watching in 2012.

The sleeper QB you need to know about for 2013 | National Football Post
Southern Utah signal caller Brad Sorensen has the tools to play in the league.

Quarterbacking the Steve Spurrier Way | Smart Football
I’ve been going through the Smart Football home archives, and I found this old gem: Quarterbacking the Steve Spurrier Way, back from Spurrier’s Florida days (this is from the mid-1990s), where the Ol’ Ball Coach, with some assistance from a slightly mulleted Shane Matthews, demonstrates proper quarterbacking fundamentals. What Steve shows doesn’t feature the latest technology in quarterback mechanics, but the video is exactly right when it says that — for that era, at least — when you’re talking quarterbacks, you’re talking Steve Spurrier.

Wait, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is short? We should build a support group… -
The Seahawks thought enough of Russell Wilson at rookie mini-camp to thrust him into competition for the starting QB job. Yes, even after signing free agent Matt Flynn earlier in the year. But as colleague Albert Breer tells us, little is settled with Seattle’s situation under center.

NFL Draft 2013: Tyler Wilson, Matt Barkley head Top 100 players available - NFL - Sporting News
And so it starts again: The NFL Draft is a never-ending process, a mirror of nature in constantly cycling through life. One class ends, another begins. And so it is with the 2012 NFL Draft. It's over; move along to 2013.

Undersized DB Donny Lisowski impresses Seahawks with his speed | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
He wasn’t even a regular starter during his final season at the University of Montana. But blessed with elite speed and a good work ethic, Donny Lisowski showed Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll enough during the team’s rookie minicamp last week as one of 34 invited tryout players to earn a three-year contract.

Cosell Talks: Newton & Stafford on the Rise : NFL Films Blog
I had a chance last week, as part of a project I am working on this summer, to once again evaluate two quarterbacks who had outstanding seasons in 2011: Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton. I had not carefully looked at their tape since January, and I always find it fascinating to revisit players, especially quarterbacks, with a fresh (and hopefully different) perspective.

Why is the TE 'seam route' so tough to defend? | National Football Post
Using video of a Gronkowski TD to break down technique.

Doug Baldwin planning on making his second season a catchy one | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Receiver Sidney Rice was back in practice, wearing a red jersey to emphasize the fact there should be no contact, but he was running routes during the team's 45-minute workout on Thursday. Blog | Already good, and working to get better "
Earl Thomas’ first two years with the Seahawks have included a series of oh-really experiences and achievements. Just check this resume:

Seahawks wrap up voluntary workouts - May 17, 2012 | Seattle - Seahawks -
The Seahawks are close to wrapping up their docket of non-OTA voluntary workouts for the 2012 offseason.

Top rookies stare down sophomore slumps - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Aldon Smith, Patrick Peterson and Doug Baldwin lit up the NFL, relatively speaking, as NFC West rookies last season. Baldwin Smith's 14 sacks led the 49ers. Peterson's four touchdowns on punt returns tied an NFL record. Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in receiving as an undrafted free agent.

Seahawks' Doug Baldwin avoiding sophomore slump -
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin defied the low expectations placed on 2011's crop of undrafted free agents, leading the team in receptions (55), receiving yards (755) and touchdowns (four). As Baldwin prepares for the start of OTAs next week, the first such workouts he'll participate in during his career, he's looking to avoid a sophomore slump.

Baldwin doesn't take the bait
The three-armed quarterback competition and his role in the offense were among the questions Doug Baldwin was asked about Thursday, when the second-year receiver opted for the P.C. approach.

Seahawks' Bruce Irvin overcame adversity in unlikely road to NFL - Dennis Dillon -
One day last summer, West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich stood on a second-floor balcony of the Puskar Center, the football facility that adjoins the Mountaineers' stadium. Defensive end Bruce Irvin walked onto the field. He wore shorts and flip-flops. Not realizing that two pairs of eyes were watching him, Irvin casually jumped over a six-foot football dummy and then continued on his way.

'The Essential Smart Football' - Question And Answer With Author Chris Brown Of
Chris Brown, author of the new book The Essential Smart Football, engaged in a question and answer with us about the book and his thoughts on football today.

Top 100 NFL players: No influence here, other than scouts, film - NFL -
This list of the top 100 players in the NFL isn't the same as some of the others you will see.

Is Matt Barkley Massively Overrated as a Pro QB Prospect? | Bleacher Report
"Should (Cleveland/Miami) pass on a first-round QB this year and hope to land Matt Barkley in 2013 instead?" was a commonly heard question during draft season this year.