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On guard, and then some
J.R. Sweezy is six weeks into his conversion from college defensive tackle to NFL offensive guard, and the Seahawks' seventh-round draft choice is embracing the quantum leap of a move.

Paging wide receivers not named Fitzgerald - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams drafted five wide receivers among the first 33 picks in 2012. Teams from the NFC West selected three of them.

NFC West: More or Less - NFC West Blog - ESPN
After running the numbers, pro football writer John Clayton arrived at a win total for every team in the division for 2012. Is the figure too high, too low or spot on?

Mailbag: QB competition under review - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Andy from St. Louis senses unjustified surprise over the unsettled nature of the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback competition through mandatory minicamps. "Shouldn't that have been expected?" he asks. "Two of the QBs in the race are career backups (Matt Flynn had one really good game, but doesn't sample size mean anything anymore?). The other is a middle-round draft pick. They have three back-ups, so it shouldn't shock anyone that none of them are starter-quality."

Late-season trend sustainability: 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The second of four posts examining the likelihood of a positive trend carrying over from last season, this one for the San Francisco 49ers.

Contract isn’t only reason for Harvin’s trade request | ProFootballTalk
It’s clear that receiver Percy Harvin wants out of Minnesota, but it’s not clear why.

Huddle Up: Percy Harvin, Vikings may be stuck with each other | Audibles
Percy Harvin was cryptic at best on Tuesday when he expressed some general frustration with the Vikings: "I just put it this way," he said. "There’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out. Just haven’t been really happy lately." - Cardinals seem determined not to rush Floyd
We hear the Cardinals are determined to allow first-round WR Michael Floyd to develop at his own pace. - 49ers like what they've seen from CB Cox
We hear the 49ers are pleasantly surprised with free-agent CB Perrish Cox, who has excelled at both nickel and corner.

Secret Superstar: Ahmad Brooks, OLB, San Francisco 49ers |
Nathan Jahnke explains why Ahmad Brooks is a Secret Superstar for the loaded 49ers defense.

Late-season trend sustainability: Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The "Fantasy Football Roundtable" above focuses on what to expect from Marshawn Lynch, Ryan Mathews and Chris Johnson during the 2012 NFL season.

2013 NFL Draft: NC State Preview - CBSSports
The Wolfpack haven't had a first round pick since 2006, but cornerback David Amerson could change that next April

Report: Dashon Goldson looking for 'almost identical' numbers to Michael Griffin -
On Tuesday, the Titans inked Michael Griffin to a new five-year contract that's Jason LaCanfora reported was worth $35 million. According to a report, 49ers safety Dashon Goldson could be looking for an 'almost identical' deal in San Francisco.

Breaking down the Cover 1 'jump' technique | National Football Post
How to defend the underneath crosser in man-free.

Matt Hasselbeck expected to beat Locker for Titans job -
The battle for quarterback in Tennessee involves both Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, however, it is widely believed by NFL insiders that the veteran will earn the job over the younger prospect.

Tatupu out to prove himself with Falcons
Last year, Lofa Tatupu was only 28 years old and four years removed from an All-Pro season as a middle linebacker.

Extension tension: Chris Clemons' comparable | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
The first concrete that Chris Clemons might not be what you'd call satisfied with his situation in Seattle emerged when he wasn't present for the team's organized team activities (OTAs). Those are voluntary workouts, but the fact that he was not volunteering to be present didn't go unnoticed. Then came his absence from the last week's mandatory minicamp, and it was clear that Clemons was dissatisfied.