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PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 8: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson #86 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Pasadena, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 8: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson #86 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Hawks invite WR Antonio Bryant for tryout | Seahawks Insider
First reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, I can confirm that veteran receiver Antonio Bryant will take a physical and get a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks during the team’s minicamp this week, which begins on Tuesday. Blog | Minicamp, then a maxi break "
Suddenly, the offseason program that seemed like it would never begin for the Seahawks is almost over.

Max in the middle
Entering his fourth season with the team, and second as the starting center, Max Unger gives line coach Tom Cable a leader at the pivotal position as he continues to mold the unit.

Inside the Playbook: 'Offensive I.D.' | National Football Post
Looking at the base personnel groupings on the chalkboard.

Quarterback competitions put both team and signal-callers in tough spot -
One of the toughest situations coaches create for themselves is a quarterback competition.

Pete Carroll says Seahawks will pick QB on merit -
The Seahawks spent money signing Matt Flynn and used a relatively high draft pick on Russell Wilson, but coach Pete Carroll said recently that his starting QB will be picked on merit alone.

Washington State WR Marquess Wilson is only scratching the surface | National Football Post
He’s raw, but he’s a talented athlete.

Why the Seahawks have to hope coach Pete Carroll is telling the truth about his QB competition… -
The Seahawks have three quarterbacks, and as the old saying goes, if you have three, you have none. Or something like that. I may have butchered it, but you get the idea. If you don’t have a clear starter, you don’t have any quarterbacks.

NFL rankings: Aaron Rodgers rules at quarterback - NFL - Sporting News
When it comes to measuring the best QBs in the NFL, whether past or present, one mantra comes to mind: "The ring is the thing." Super Bowl championships are what separate the truly great from the just very good, and that's true of Sporting News' QB rankings for 2012.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Russell Wilson Isn’t Afraid of Competition or Winning the Starting Job in Seattle
Russell Wilson joined KJR in Seattle with Ian Furness to discuss his early thoughts on living and working in Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, adjusting to the speed of the NFL, digesting the playbook, why he thinks he can be Seattle’s starter and why he’s not afraid of that possibility.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Adrian Wilson on the Arizona Defense: "We Feel Like We’re the Best Unit on Our Team"
Adrian Wilson joined Bickley and MJ on Xtra 910 in Arizona to discuss the luxury of actually having organized team activities this offseason, the young, talented Cardinals defense, his 2011 biceps injury and the team’s goals this summer. He also stated the defense is the strength of this Arizona team.

Draft Q&A with Matt Waldman
News blogs, sports blogs, entertainment blogs, and more from, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

Golden Nugget releases CFB Games of the Year lines | National Football Post
It’s a holiday in the sports betting world as point spreads for 100+ games have officially hit the board.

Why I'm buying Pete Carroll's 'competition' talk | National Football Post
Who wouldn't want to play in this environment?

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
What does Pete Carroll say he won't consider when making his decision on a starting quarterback? How will the Seahawks' minicamp practices differ from organized team activities? When it comes to a golfer taking practice swings, how many is too many?

Show Me State: Rams' Steve Smith out to prove he's still got it -
Finally healthy, Steve Smith is ready to put the past two seasons behind him. The wideout starts over in St. Louis with a team that desperately needs a leader for its young corps, Aditi Kinkhabwala writes.

'People are sleeping on us and that's OK' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
One sequence stood out from Daryn Colledge's recent interview with The Pulling Linemen. "We were in almost every game last year and we split with San Fran," the Arizona Cardinals' left guard said. "People are sleeping on us and that's OK. We are right where we wanna be."

Close doesn't count in NFL, or does it? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There's a tendency to rationalize narrow defeats by suggesting that a play or two might have changed the outcome. There's also a tendency to avoid applying similar standards to narrow victories. Best-case scenarios carry greater appeal than realistic ones, of course.

Just how clear-cut is the Seahawks’ quarterback competition? | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
When you think about the Seahawks’ three-way competition this offseason for starting quarterback, you might come up with a likely order: Matt Flynn first, Tarvaris Jackson second, Russell Wilson third.