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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Andre Johnson.
Andre Johnson.

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NFC West's hour in the 'SportsCenter' sun - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Highlights and interpretations from the recently concluded hour-long "SportsCenter" Special focusing on the NFC West:

That's OTA, as in ornery, tough and aggressive
The Seahawks' first three OTA practices last week came with a number of memorable plays and moments, and the players are looking to build on that in this week's sessions that begin Wednesday.

In search of the league's best 'big three' -
"Big threes" are all the rage in the NBA. Our experts survey the NFL landscape for pro football's own best "big three." Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster come up more than once.

Top UDFA WRs | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Cameron Kenney, OU (6-1,199): Kenney was a JUCO player with too few starts in the Big 12 and overshadowed by Ryan Broyles. I can’t argue that Broyles isn’t a strong prospect in his own right. However, I suggest Kenney’s performance against top-tier prospect CB Prince Amukamara. Kenney was matched against perhaps the best cover cornerback in the nation and his six-catch for 65-yard performance was better than the stats suggest. Amukamara gave Kenney a ton of respect, often playing a significant cushion. When the CB pressed Kenney, the receiver demonstrated the skills with his hands to work away from the press and get open.

NFL Podium Awards: Gronk grabs gold at tight end | News |
Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL Podium Awards for the top three players at each position group. Remember, this list is based on where these players are ranked heading into the 2012 season. Today, he tackles tight ends.

NFL rankings: DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews set standard for outside linebackers - NFL - Sporting News
When it comes to dependable edge playmakers made to star in the 3-4 scheme, it doesn't get better than DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews. Both NFC Pro Bowl players, they are Sporting News' No. 1 and No. 2 outside linebackers for 2012, respectively.

NFL Future Power Rankings - Projecting every franchise entering 2015 season - ESPN
Peering into the future of the parity-driven, rapidly changing NFL can seem like a daunting challenge. For starters, teams turn over, on average, about 20 percent of their rosters each season. But when you consider that most of the players caught in that roster churn are essentially replaceable parts and that the true pillars of a franchise -- stud quarterbacks and young impact players -- usually remain firmly fixed in its foundation, you can see it is possible to get a glimpse of how each team projects down the road. And you can see that some roads are paved a little more smoothly than others.

Front offices played a key role in Future Power Rankings - NFL - ESPN
Players and coaches come and go, but the organizations that win consistently in the NFL have a well-defined chain of command within the front office. It's not a big surprise -- winning isn't a great cause for change -- but usually there is a lot of stability within these organizations. That certainly holds true for the top seven teams in Insider's NFL Future Power Rankings. It starts with strong ownership and extends to the structure of the front office and coaching staff. While there are a number of very good front offices not represented on this list, let's look at how these seven front offices are composed and why they are successful: