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Finally Friday y'all.

Jaws' QB Countdown: Sam Bradford - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A year ago, when the San Francisco 49ers were approaching training camp, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer told me he suspected Alex Smith would be the best quarterback in the NFC West for 2011. The thought caught me a bit off-guard. Sam Bradford seemed to be ascending. The Arizona Cardinals were excited about Kevin Kolb. Smith hadn't even consistently proved he could be the best quarterback on the 49ers' roster.

2012 defense among NFL elite? | Seahawks Insider
The question was raised: Can the Seahawks be a top-10 defensive unit again? They finished ranked No. 9 overall, and hovered around the top half most of the season, providing a show of consistency. I think more impressive was their rating in "scoring defense" – No. 7 at 19.7 points per game.

Sidney Rice hopes more muscle means fewer injuries - Blog -
Sidney Rice wants to return to full speed by training camp after having offseason surgeries on each shoulder, and the oft-injured receiver says he's added some bulk with the hopes of improving his durability. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Fantasy bust reaction: Five quick thoughts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Initial thoughts on those NFC West players (or teams) listed as potential 2012 busts by at least one of 13 ESPN fantasy panelists:

Why NFL training camps need more 'joint' practices | National Football Post
Titans-Falcons to meet up during camp...why aren't more teams scheduling joint sessions?

Life on the Roster Bubble: Thoughts from a Former NFL Player | Bleacher Report
After just under three years of life in the NFL, teetering on the edge of banishment at the bottom of rosters, I can unquestionably affirm the glorious dream job fans may imagine, is rarely the reality.

Three and out: Bush returning to hybrid role -
Balanced attack: After a career season running the ball, Dolphins RB Reggie Bush might be returning to his old ways. The back told reporters via, "I think I will be pretty balanced. Hearing them talk, they want to run the ball just as much as they want to throw the ball. Obviously I think my role is going to be a little bit different from last year. I’m going to be split out wide a little bit more, playing more receiver, but for the most part I think we’re still going to run the ball." Coach Joe Philbin seems to be seeking a more balanced attack and splitting Bush out wide does not bode well for the RB breaking 1,000 yards rushing again. However, Bush’s explosiveness and versatility still will serve fantasy owners well, if he can stay healthy. Bush has never dipped below 6 touchdowns or 725 total yards in a season during which he played ten or more games. Even with the role reversal, he should still be considered a No. 2 back in fantasy drafts this year.

Cam Newton, Percy Harvin among top multi-purpose weapons -
The swirl of attention around Percy Harvin has prompted Bucky Brooks to consider a question: Who are the top multi-purpose weapons in the NFL? Arizona's Patrick Peterson certainly fits the bill.

Seahawks better off having shown restraint on QBs - Blog -
Any list of the best moves Pete Carroll and John Schneider have made during their time with the Seahawks would have to include drafting Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas and the one-sided trades for Chris Clemons and Marshawn Lynch. In Thursday's Wrap Up video, Brock Huard and Mike Salk add two moves to that list -- two moves the Seahawks actually didn't make.

ADP Watch: The Undervalued - Draft Analysis -
You think you’re sneaky, right? You’re going to stack a team with Ryan Mathews, Julio Jones, Trent Richardson and Demaryius Thomas while nobody is looking, thus coasting to the title. Think again.

Randy Moss earning high praise for his work in San Fran | ProFootballTalk
Throughout the offseason, Randy Moss hasn’t talked to reporters in San Francisco.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Freeney and Mathis Meet the 3-4
After ending the Peyton Manning era, there are many questions about the Indianapolis Colts heading into 2012. Most of them center around the potential of first overall pick Andrew Luck. The other major topic of conversation this offseason is the team's conversion to new head coach Chuck Pagano's defense.

Secret Superstar: William Hayes, DE, St. Louis Rams |
A new era in St Louis. How quickly can Jeff Fisher rebuild this Rams roster and have them competing again in the NFC West? The former Tennessee Titans head coach has been quick to surround himself with familiar faces that he hopes will make an immediate impact for one of the worst teams in the entire league. The signing of Cortland Finnegan was the most obvious import of a known quantity during the offseason, but an under-the-radar addition of a player coming off of a down season could yield major dividends for the Rams.

Offseason Breakdown: Kansas City Chiefs | Audibles
The Chiefs entered 2011 with high expectations after a surprise 10-6, first-place finish in 2010. But last season turned out to be Murphy’s Law personified in Kansas City.

2013 NFL Draft: North Carolina Preview - CBSSports
Despite the off-field controversy for the Tar Heels, North Carolina continues to produce NFL talent each year.

Troublesome Harvin shows he's just another diva NFL receiver - NFL -
Percy Harvin, like his mentor Randy Moss, is becoming poison in Minnesota. Mike Freeman says there's nothing surprising about that considering the NFL's revolving receiver circus.

Jaguars sign Enderle | National Football Post
Quarterback will battle for third-string role in Jacksonville.

Versatility to be a staple of Iowa's offense | National Football Post
With Davis as OC, the Hawkeyes will keep defenses guessing.