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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 1: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles against Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 1: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles against Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Numbers don’t support Alex Smith’s claims about Cam Newton | ProFootballTalk
But for the lawsuits and arrests, last week’s back-and-forth from players on franchises that used to be division rivals would have gotten a lot more interest and attention. Still, the comments from 49ers quarterback Alex Smith about the perceived reason for Panthers rookie Cam Newton’s uncanny stats in 2011 were noticed by key players from each team. Panthers linebacker Jon Beason verbally smacked Smith down, and 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis defended his quarterback.

Defensive Prototypes: Defensive Line | ProFootballFocus.com
This time last year I wrote a piece on defensive line prototypes. This was an attempt to get past the jargon thrown out by people and distill what each position is really supposed to look like. Last offseason I wrote about the defensive line techniques, and the response was so good that this offseason I have decided to update that article, as well as bring you prototypes for linebackers and the defensive backfield.

Kyle Orton's 2011 proof what impact trade deadline move can have - Peter King - SI.com
Happy Memorial Day. I know for many of you, Memorial Day has become an extra day off, or the start of the summer. But it's a day on which we should spend a few moments remembering the million men and women who have died fighting for our country.

Tom Modrak hired as BLESTO Scouting director - CBSSports
Long-time NFL scout and front office executive Tom Modrak has been hired as the executive director of BLESTO Scouting, a scouting service currently used by seven teams.

Breaking down the basics of the 'Dagger' route | National Football Post
Going to the chalkboard to talk the Xs and Os of a top concept.

NFL Podium Awards: Devin Hester takes gold for special teamers - NFL.com
Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mind-set early this summer, handing out NFL Podium Awards for the top three players at each position group. Keep in mind, this list is based on where these players are ranked heading into the 2012 season. Today, he takes on special teams weapons.

101Sports.com: Tony Softli - 2013 NFL Draft Prospects
Hours after the 2012 NFL draft concluded, many major media websites, outlets and football bloggers were already listing their first-round mock projections for the 2013 draft – which I got a kick out of. The smoke had not even cleared from the 2012 draft; players had not even arrived in their new NFL cities. Yet, the 2013 first-round NFL mock drafts were up, complete with round-by-round projections.

NFL Podium Awards: Jahri Evans headlines offensive linemen - NFL.com
With London's Summer Games on tap, Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mind-set, handing out NFL Podium Awards for the top three players at each position group. Check out the O-linemen.

Defensive Prototypes: Defensive Line | ProFootballFocus.com
This time last year I wrote a piece on defensive line prototypes. This was an attempt to get past the jargon thrown out by people and distill what each position is really supposed to look like. Last offseason I wrote about the defensive line techniques, and the response was so good that this offseason I have decided to update that article, as well as bring you prototypes for linebackers and the defensive backfield.

Don't get pummeled into oblivion - NFC West Blog - ESPN
First, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith pumped up his biceps.