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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Jul 28, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks tight ends Kellen Winslow (82) and Zach Miller (86) participate in 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 tight ends Kellen Winslow (82) and Zach Miller (86) participate in a training camp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Hump day. Seahawks have the day off.

Alan Branch: Praise for Scruggs & Sweezy
Alan Branch recaps Monday's padded practice session and is impressed by a couple of drafted rookies who squared off in one-on-one drills. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville: Hauschka comes out kicking "
"He’s been very tough. He’s really a physical kid," coach Pete Carroll said of Sweezy, who played defensive tackle in college but was drafted in the seventh round with the plan of converting him to offensive guard. "We like what we’re seeing, and Tom (Cable, the line coach) just wanted to give him a shot and see what he looks like. Sometimes guys need to get around the starters to show where they fit. "Just in general, we really like what he brings."

Ruud joins the competition
With leading tackler and middle linebacker David Hawthorne gone, either rookie Bobby Wagner or veteran free agent Barrett Ruud will step into the middle of the Seahawks’ Top 10-ranked defense.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Understanding Cornerbacks
The trade that sent Asante Samuel from Philadelphia to Atlanta this past offseason was a little odd. It’s not often we see a player sign a three-year, $14.5 million contract upon being dealt for a measly seventh-round pick. That’s a lot of money for a player whose worth was deemed by his former team to be almost nothing. In some ways, it's a fitting transaction for Samuel. Not because the 31-year-old might be in steep decline, but because he’s always had a unique sort of value.

Cosell Talks: The Contrary NFC West : NFL Films Blog
Yes, they have a high concentration of quarterbacks after signing Matt Flynn, selecting Russell Wilson in the third round of April’s draft and retaining Tarvaris Jackson (a much improved player last season, Jackson is also the most talented of the three).

5 questions with Football Outsiders | Seahawks Insider
Aaron Schatz, the creator of Football Outsiders, and Brian McIntyre, a salary cap specialist who works for, were both gracious enough to answer specific questions about the Seattle Seahawks prospects in the upcoming season.

Braylon Edwards to Sign with the Seattle Seahawks, What Does He Have Left? | Bleacher Report
Durability doesn't seem to be an issue. Although Edwards only played 236 snaps last year (according to Pro Football Focus, paid link), he played 1071 the year before. Yes, Edwards had knee surgery last year, but his release from the 49ers had as much to do with putting together a playoff roster as it did his long term health.

The Tape Never Lies: Who will win the Seahawks’ QB battle? | Goal-Line Stand | Blogs |
The question is, what exactly do the Seahawks have in their two new quarterbacks?

Seahawks' Chris Clemons eager to help out newcomer Bruce Irvin | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Rookie Bruce Irvin’s mentor finally arrived in Seattle when veteran defensive end Chris Clemons signed his contract extension and reported to training camp over the weekend.

Seahawks' Tate has new attitude | - Sports
Professional athletes love to tell you how hard they worked to get to where they are. Quite often however, they leave out the fact that they got to where they are because all of that hard work was supplemented by a winning ticket in the genetic lottery.

Only one way to go for Braylon Edwards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There is no way to answer that question with any certainty. We need to see whether Edwards is in good shape, how the other receivers in Seattle develop, which quarterback becomes the starter, how Edwards meshes with that quarterback, etc. At this point, we don't even know whether Edwards will earn a spot on the 53-man roster. I do not think Edwards, 29, suddenly forgot how to play football last season.

Edwards: "You can just see the energy these guys have." | Seahawks Insider
"You know how it is," Edwards said. "When you’re on that field, you kind of get into a competition, and that’s just how it goes. We never take anything off the field, even when we were against each other. Now we have a chance to be on the same team, so I’m happy that we can fight together on the same team.

#BingTrainingCampLive - Day 3
A replay of #BingTrainingCampLive coverage on Day 3 from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

#BingTrainingCampLive - Day 4
A replay of day 4 of #BingTrainingCampLive from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Who has NFL's oldest, youngest starters - NFC West Blog - ESPN
This is a follow-up to the item published Sunday showing average ages for full rosters. Those projections reflected the presence of many mostly young players unlikely to earn spots on 53-man rosters.

Camp Carroll: Day Four | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
The defense had the upper hand in Tuesday's practice with three notable interceptions (two of them on passes thrown by rookie Russell Wilson). Rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner picked off a pass thrown by Wilson. So did rookie safety Malcolm Guy. The play of the day in the eyes of Carroll, however, was when rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin chased down a reverse from behind, knocking the ball out.

2012 Seahawks Camp QB Competition - Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson, Russell Wilson
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Reggie Gill tells us what is going on during training camp with regards to Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson and the Seatle QB competition. He brakes it down Love ' em & Hate ' em style providing key points to the positive and negative of the race for the job. No matter who wins Flynn, Jackson and Wilson, and even Portis will be better QB's.

2012 Seattle Seahawks Camp Confidential - Day 3, Video, Rumors,
NWSB Rookie Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Alistair Corp brings us his 2012 Seahawks training camp notes from the Pre-season. Today the A-man weighs in on the QB competition again between Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson. He also looks closely at the WR's. Kris Durham continues to hurt his cause, as he had a few drops. Deon Butler was solid in drills, Ricardo Lockette has looked great.

Chris Clemons, Seahawks both win in new contract -
The Seattle Seahawks gave DE Chris Clemons a multiyear contract extension. Brian McIntyre explains why both parties walk away smiling with this contract.

Market watch: NFL season win totals | National Football Post
The NFP examines the significant movements at three Las Vegas sportsbooks.

DBs vs. WRs: what to watch in 1-on-1 drills | National Football Post
Plant and drive, defeating press-coverage and more.

Kevin Kolb to start in Cardinals' preseason opener -
Kevin Kolb left the Arizona Cardinals' training camp field with a thigh contusion. That doesn't mean the QB competition is over, but Ken Whisenhunt's decision to start Kolb in the preseason could.

Kevin Kolb to start in Cardinals' preseason opener -
Kevin Kolb left the Arizona Cardinals' training camp field with a thigh contusion. That doesn't mean the QB competition is over, but Ken Whisenhunt's decision to start Kolb in the preseason could.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: 10 Wins and a Playoff Spot
The 37th Seattle Seahawks Training Camp begins Saturday, and aside from uncertainty about the quarterback position and a possible Marshawn Lynch suspension, all indications are that this team is primed for significant improvement in 2012. What do I expect? 10 wins and a playoff spot.

Is Rex Ryan the best defensive coach in the league?
Who is the best defensive coach in the NFL?

Texas WR Marquise Goodwin: The Angles of Separation Part I | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Maintaining Separation by Establishing Position on the Opponent Goodwin was targeted on a wheel route from the slot on 1st and 10 with 4:30 in the half, making the catch at his back shoulder inside the boundary. In fact, Goodwin makes a nice adjustment to the ball and demonstrates awareness of the sideline during the act of the reception as falls away from the field of play.

What to Look at When Evaluating NFL Offensive Tackles | Bleacher Report
Scouts and personnel evaluators often get hung up on a certain shape or cookie cutter form that an offensive lineman should fit before they're in the least bit interested in them, but frankly, I don't care what the guy looks like if he can get the job done.

NFL Training Camp 2012 -- 49ers again look like Super Bowl contenders - Peter King -
On the practice field Monday, I met the new team president, Gideon Yu, who CEO Jed York hired from Facebook. I looked out and saw a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The NFC's best defense in 2011 -- the stingiest in both yards and points allowed -- was back intact. How often does a top defense in the Free Agency Era return all 11 starters? The Niners are doing it. On offense, Randy Moss beat corners Carlos Rogers and Perrish Cox in one-on-one drills; who knows if he'll be able to put a Mossian season together, but the reviews are all good so far. LaMichael James, the quick Oregon rookie, and Brandon Jacobs, the giant ex-Giant runner motivated to prove the Super Bowl champs made a big mistake by letting him go, began to show the new dimensions Jim Harbaugh hopes to have at his disposal.

Sprained knee could sideline Vikings tight end John Carlson for weeks | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson could miss several weeks after spraining a knee in Tuesday's afternoon practice.