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Jul 28, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) signs autographs following a training camp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Jul 28, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) signs autographs following a training camp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Tuesday already!

Nick's Notes: Texans sign Mitch King, Justin Forsett shines
*Running back Justin Forsett had an excellent morning, breaking off several long runs in the open field. A couple of his plays drew big cheers from the crowd as he displayed explosiveness and excellent vision along with sure hands as a receiver out of the backfield. "It was impressive," Kubiak said. "I told the team. You guys see it. What a pro. He comes out here, he can go all day. Very impressive in his work habits, knows what we’re doing. Those are the kind of guys you’re looking for to make you better. He let everybody on this team know today he plans on being here. That was an impressive practice." A former Seattle Seahawk, Forsett is competing with undrafted rookies Jonathan Grimes and Davin Meggett to be the Texans’ third running back.

Camp Tour 2012: Renton |
Many will tell you that Flagstaff, for Cardinals camp, is the pinnacle of training camp locales but after my day in Seattle I’m going with Renton. Obviously the beautiful, cloudless skies helped but perched on the side of Lake Washington, with superb views across to Mercer Island, this was about as good as it gets; perfect grass, so green and manicured you have to touch it to assure yourself it’s not field-turf and a milder, though still warm climate, make for a superb experience.

Wilson's turn at QB, Wright dishing out punishment, and more from Day 3 of training camp |
WR Golden Tate was impressive for a second straight day, particularly on one sequence where he beat Pro Bowl corner Brandon Browner deep twice in quick succession, the second play resulting in a touchdown. Second-year receiver Ricardo Lockette had himself a nice day as well, making a few nice grabs, including one in the end zone on a deep pass from Matt Flynn

Camp Carroll: Day Three | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Kippy Brown, who coaches Seattle's receivers, was asked for an assessment of Lockette's training camp. "Making progress," Brown said. "Making progress. Again, he's a guy who can sit there and tell you what everybody does now where he couldn't before. But we don't want to move him a lot because he performs better when we kind of keep him in one spot. But we could, and there will be times that we will."

Pads pop on Day 3 of training camp | Seahawks Insider
"I had to come out here and show these boys what’s up, especially with these rookies," Wright said. "You’ve got to put a pop on them, and let them know how practice is going to be from here on out. "This is the big boys. We’re hitting so get your pads low."

WR Sidney Rice eased back by Seattle Seahawks after shoulder surgeries - ESPN
"I wanted to be in the blue with the rest of the team," Rice said. "I'm not a quarterback so I don't want to wear a red jersey."

NFL Videos: Matt Flynn battling for starting spot
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn discusses the battle he is in and what he needs to do to claim stake to the top spot on the depth chart.

Seahawks Daily - An Established Line
The Seahawks enter Bing Training Camp with a veteran presence throughout the offensive line, something that has eluded the team in the past few years. Blog | Monday in Hawkville: Mebane struts his ample stuff "
"The older I get the more knowledge I gain," he said. "It’s about experience, playing with the guys and learning other things from (defensive line coach Todd) Wash. I learned things from pretty much all my position coaches I’ve had in the past."

Golden Tate: Pads and hits come out on Day Three
Wide receiver Golden Tate gives his take on the first padded practice of the 2012 season, and describes his competitive friendship with 'Hawks long snapper Clint Gresham.

When it comes to Seahawks’ camp, Rice wants a blue time | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
- RENTON – On Saturday, the first day of Seahawks training camp, coach Pete Carroll talked about how cautious they needed to be with receiver Sidney Rice as they eased him back onto the field after an injury-truncated 2011 season.

Can pass rush become a Seahawks strength? | - Sports
Last season, quite often the Seattle Seahawks' pass rush was Chris Clemons or bust. Blog | Sunday in Hawkville: Turbin gets great Cable reception "
"One step and go. One step and go. And trust your gut," Cable said after practice when asked about the exchanges that followed the long runs by Turbin that prompted Cable’s long runs. On the first run, Turbin, well, let Cable explain. "He kind of went in there and pity-pattered. Kind of stomping snakes, you know," Cable said. "You can’t do that in this system – and in this league – because you’re going to get hit about 18 times."

Talk about NFL training camps, 2012 NFL season - Peter King -
The obvious comparisons to Drew Brees will be there for however long Wilson plays in the NFL. "I really would love to get a chance to meet him and spend time with him,'' Wilson said. "That's my guy, the guy I really look up to. I've read his book two or three times. I've watched so much tape on him. Maybe I can get Nick Toon [a Wisconsin teammate drafted by the Saints] to help me meet him.''

A few minutes with Kris Durham | Seahawks Insider
"It was a little bit of a rust shake-off," Durham said about his first few days at training camp. "Everybody is out there competing, which is the name of the game. I just need to continue to get better. There’s a lot of little things I need to work on, like getting off press coverage and getting in and out of breaks."

All systems Golden for Seahawks? | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"He’s grown a lot as a player," Rice said. "He used to make big plays, jump up and throw the ball in the air and jump around – things like that. But I see him becoming more of a professional. He’s doing much better."

Brandon Browner, Seahawks' secondary experiencing revival | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The cornerback from Oregon State spent four years playing in Canada before helping Seattle turn its pass defense around.

Clemons happy to have contract situation resolved - Blog -
And while Carroll referred to the contract negotiations as "arduous," he said it came down to "the thought that Clemons played great football for us.

Video: Russell Wilson takes his turn at QB and for the camera | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times

Why Your Team Will Make The Playoffs This Season, NFC Edition -
Training camps are starting around the NFL and fan enthusiasm is riding high. Here is an entirely too optimistic look at why all 16 NFC teams have a shot at the playoffs this year.

Football is Life: Why or Why Not? Choosing the Right Offense
Been a while since my last post and for great reason. I've been doing some research on various offenses and the nuances surrounding each of these offenses. As you can imagine, this research can by no means cover EVERY offense out there, so what I did was to group many of these offenses into categories and go from there. What I asked coaches to share with me was why should I run the offense you run and then why shouldn't I. What I got was a deep look in many offensive coordinator's (OC's) heads as to what they felt made their offenses tick. So, let's take a look at the research and dig into the whys and why nots!

Training Camp Mailbag - Training Camp Lowdown -
It's transformed the nature of sports journalism, not just in breaking news instantaneously but also in tapping into a virtual army of participants sharing the same interests. For fantasy football leaguers, it's a godsend. Ask a beat writer, former scout, NFL insider, or fantasy "expert" for advice, and there's a good chance you will hear back within hours or even minutes. Make your voice heard in the latest NFL Draft speculation, track multiple fantasy sites, and even keep tabs on NFL players. You can't find a better way to gather information or pass along opinion than Twitter.

Kevin Kolb listed as No. 1 quarterback, suffers bruised thigh | ProFootballTalk
The good news for Kevin Kolb is that when the Cardinals put out their first official depth chart of the 2012 season today, he was the No. 1 quarterback, ahead of John Skelton. The bad news is that hours later, Kolb had to leave practice early with a bruised thigh.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The Dan Reeves All-Stars
For the latest installment of our "coaching all-stars" series, which showcases the best player-seasons in the history of some of the NFL's most experienced coaches, we're looking at Dan Reeves.

32 Teams in 32 Days: Arizona Cardinals |
If you’re anywhere near as excited as the team and I at Pro Football Focus are for the new NFL season, you’ve already turned your mind to what could happen over the next five months. Well, we can wait no more, so we’re going to start previewing all 32 teams over the next 32 days. That means seeing why fans should be looking forward to a great year, but also throwing in plenty of reasons to be cautious about what could go wrong. We’ll be doing things alphabetically so up first, say hello to the 2012 Arizona Cardinals.

Each NFL Head HC's Worst Habit | Bleacher Report
Each coach has a bad habit, but not every coach allows his bad habit to do him in.

Random Perspective On: The 2012 New York Jets
I spent the weekend in Cortland, New York covering Jets training camp. So what should we expect from the Jets this year? As the team enters its fourth season under Rex Ryan, it’s impossible to look at the 2012 season without putting it in the context of the Ryan’s other Jets teams. And while the Sanchez/Tebow stories will dominate the media’s attention, in reality, the defense and the running game will be the key elements of the 2012 Jets.

Bears camp: Breaking down Brandon Marshall | National Football Post
The WR was impressive over the weekend in Bourbonnais.

Anthony Hargrove bringing energy for Green Bay Packers -
"If you've ever been to a road game, you know how difficult it is on the road. So to have that energy 24/7, to get the guys going again, I think that's why it's important to have, even at practice," Hargrove explained Monday after missing the team's previous two practices because of a personal matter. "There's days at practice when it feels like a road game, so you can get that feeling away from guys and know that they can push through stuff. It makes the season a whole lot easier."

Welcome to another season of financially motivated educated guesses - Grantland
It's that time of year again, when Bill Barnwell puts his money where his preseason mouth is.

5 Undrafted NFL Free Agents You Absolutely Must Watch This Preseason | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report
As NFL training camps around the league get underway, it brings us that much closer to the highly-anticipated preseason action, where the league's brightest young stars embrace their first opportunities to prove their mettle and justify the millions of dollars invested in them.