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Good gravy the weekend is almost over again.

Seahawks free-agent signings: Boom or bust? -
Quarterback Matt Flynn isn't the only potential starter the Seahawks signed this offseason.

Seahawks special teamers focus on return game | - Sports
But asked by a fan at training camp on Friday how many times he'll get into the end zone in 2012, Washington raised four fingers up, which means he's looking to create more explosive plays this season. "One thing we looked at when it came to the return part of the game, especially when it came to kick returns, is we only had about five less returns than the previous year," said Washington, who turns 30 years old this month. "So the opportunities are still there for us to go out there and make plays." Blog | QB competition: Day Seven "
"It’s definitely a new stage that we’re moving into," said Flynn after today’s practice. "After today we’re past the install stage. We have our whole offense in, so now we start getting to where we get to go back over things. We get to move the field, kind of mock-game situations, and then we’re going to get into our game plan."

Camp Carroll: Day Seven | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Throw o' the day (Part One): Wilson's long completion to Golden Tate drew the loudest reaction from the crowd, Tate tracking the ball well and making a leaping catch behind cornerback Byron Maxwell.

A conversation with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll about his three-man quarterback competition | The Brewery
Carroll believes the benefits of competition -- of putting a kind of pressure on the quarterbacks that attempts to mirror what they'll feel on Sunday -- is worth sacrificing the consistent reps that a predetermined starter would receive to prepare for the season.

More mature Golden Tate looking poised to have breakthrough season for Seahawks - The Washington Post
"It takes guys awhile at times at the receiver position," receivers coach Kippy Brown said. "He’s got to be exact on his assignments and doing things right, he’s got to react to different coverages and it takes guys a while to get comfortable and be able to do it full speed."

Seahawks' offensive line finds rare continuity | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
"It's night and day," he said. "Being able to go from one season to the next one, and have 100 percent carry-over is very cool."

Quick hitters from Saturday camp | Seahawks Insider
Clinton McDonald was going with the first unit goal line on the nose. McDonald has his right hand in a cast to protect a sprained wrist. McDonald has been a force on the inside during camp thus far. He’s a stout Mebane type who gets good penetration and plays with a lot of energy.

Putting a Stop to the Edwards vs. Bryant Debate - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site
Over the last couple of days the Seattle Seahawks have searched the scrap heap for receiving help and come up with formerly productive receivers Antonio Bryant and Braylon Edwards.

Early Evaluation Of Braylon Edwards - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site
I was especially happy to see how well he was able to beat press coverage. On one play lined up against Brandon Browner, he got a mostly clean release on a slant pattern, caught the ball, and was off to the races. Very few WRs can beat Browner on the slant pattern. He was practically born to cover that route.

New England Patriots guard Robert Gallery retires -
New England Patriots guard Robert Gallery has retired from football, the team said on Saturday. The eight-year veteran determined his body would not be able to handle training camp and a full season, a source close to the player told and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Three keys to developing rookie WRs | National Football Post
Defeating press-coverage: A rolled up CB in Cover 2 or a DB playing press-man is taught to punch with their hands, mirror the release and re-route the WR at the line of scrimmage. Rookies have to develop the ability to win with lateral movement on the release and use their hands as weapons.

Kellen Moore has been 'great' in camp with Lions | National Football Post
"Kellen has such a great background, and has such a great command of offensive football already with what we're doing," Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "I think he's had a great (training camp). It's been kind of quiet because we don't do a whole lot with the three's, but he's really taken his game to another level from our offseason program and OTAs."

A Star Is Born: Breaking Down Elite 2013 NFL Draft DT Star Lotulelei from Utah | Bleacher Report
Interior defensive linemen get caught up in the anonymity of the trenches and they don't even have the profile of offensive left tackles protecting their quarterback's blind side. The NFL still recognizes the deep value of an elite defensive tackle, and it has shown in recent drafts that saw Marcell Dareus, Ndamukong Suh, and Gerald McCoy all go in the top three.

Ranking the Best Current NFL Player for Each Jersey Number | Bleacher Report
The NFL is littered with players at every jersey number who make spectacular plays and help their team win games. When you have arrived, they don't care how old you're or what you did in college. They care about how good you are.

Rookie Watch: Hall of Fame Game - Mocking The Draft
Football is back on Sunday with the Hall of Fame game. Who are the rookies to watch out for?

The UFL is BACK..... - Mocking The Draft
Yesterday I had the pleasure to speak with the United Football League’s official who was telling me their plans for their upcoming season.CBS Sports was interested in adding more sports entertainment to their schedule and added the UFL just last week...