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Gameday, baby.

Pete Carroll: Time for Marshawn Lynch to get some carries - Aug. 21, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball for a 15-yard gain against the Arizona Card

NFL developmental league on the horizon? Why it would make sense | The MMQB with Peter King
At the same time that hope springs eternal across 32 NFL training camps, there are ubiquitous reminders of how cold a business the NFL is during these dog days of August.

Chris Pratt fulfills promise to visit kids in hospital
Chris Pratt, star of the recently-released Guardians of the Galaxy, made good on his promise to visit kids in the hospital in his Star-Lord costume.

Good and Bad - San Diego Chargers' QBs against the Seahawks - Bolts From The Blue
While I keep reminding myself that Friday's poor showing in Seattle was "Just A Preseason Game," I wanted to share a few thoughts about the Chargers' QBs.

Seattle Seahawks players to watch against the Chicago Bears | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are our weekly players to watch for the Seahawks. First, Jayson Jenks picks his three players to keep an eye on against the Chicago Bears:

5 things to watch for in Friday’s Bears vs. Seahawks matchup | Q13 FOX News
We can breath again, 12s. Nothing like a 41-14 victory to assuage the fears of the team’s first preseason loss in 2 years.

RENTON: Scruggs drums up enthusiasm for Seahawks defense | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
When Greg Scruggs gets talking, it’s easy to envision a preacher at an old-time tent-revival, sermonizing on the gift of life, the glories of each day, and the miraculous blessings of surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligaments.

Some thoughts on the possible 2015 draft class | Seahawks Draft Blog
Marcus Mariota deserves to be considered the consensus top prospect going into the new college season. Despite the continued dependence on conventional wisdom by various talking heads — the game is adapting. Not in the way many people think, but it is adapting.

Several key players could return for Seahawks on Friday night
When the Seahawks play their home finale against the Chicago Bears on Friday night, the starters will see their longest stint of the preseason – and several key starters could make their summer debuts.

Marshawn Lynch to get his first carries of the preseason on Friday - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Marshawn Lynch didn't exactly get a running start to this season.

Seahawks set at the top but have depth question at tight end - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Same injury, different foot for Anthony McCoy.

Cliff Avril could be set for a big payday | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
After battling injuries and learning a new role in 2013, defensive end Cliff Avril could have an MVP-type season, according to linemate Michael Bennett.

Seahawks-Bears game a Bennett family renunion | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says there are two people he talks with every day — his wife, and his brother, Martellus Benett.

Pick 6 | Six things to watch: Bears at Seahawks (preseason) - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Now that’s more like it. That’s what most fans of the Seattle Seahawks undoubtedly thought following the Hawks’ 41-14 blowout win over San Diego last week in the team’s preseason home opener.

Seattle Seahawks showing mid-season fighting form? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
A brief dust-up between Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Tharold Simon during the team’s warmup period today was captured by multiple local TV  stations and shown during evening newscasts Wednesday night.

Time for starters to get look as Hawks host Bears -
All James Carpenter wanted was to be able to run. That seems an odd wish coming from a 6-foot-5, 321-pound offensive lineman.

First crack at projecting Seahawks 53-man roster - Aug. 21, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
With two preseason games in the books and just over a week remaining until teams must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players for the start of the regular season, it felt like the right time to take a first crack at projecting the team's final roster.

RENTON: Paul Richardson zooms past doubters, everyone else for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Paul Richardson doesn’t take off from the line of scrimmage. He glides off it, as if from a runway.

RENTON: Seahawks WR Percy Harvin: This is the fastest, healthiest I’ve felt since "before college" | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Percy Harvin spent some timeafter his latest practice talking about the state of the Seahawks’ offense two weeks before the games get real.

RENTON: “Continuity” is Seahawks’ buzzword for third exhibition Friday against Chicago | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks want three to really be the magic number.

Marshawn Lynch expected to play (more than 2 snaps); other notes and quotes | - Seattle Sidelines
As is normal on the day before a preseason game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wouldn’t say who will play or how much the starters will be in the game, though he did acknowledge that, “this is the game they’ll play the most.” And considering the starters played almost the entire first half last week, it’s safe to assume you’ll see most of them play into the third quarter.

Video: Peter King's 5 training camp thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks | The MMQB with Peter King
Biggest takeaway from Renton? The Super Bowl champs are still hungry

The 2014 NFC West could be best division since 2002 - NFL - ESPN
The NFC West is the NFL's only division with at least one playoff win in each of the past 10 seasons. The NFC West and AFC North lead all divisions with 19 playoff wins in that time, but it's only been recently that the NFC West was recognized as a powerhouse.

Seahawks practice notes: Lynch, Chancellor, Okung, Unger among those who could play Friday; Walters to sit it out | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks are off the field following their Thursday walk-through in preparation for the third preseason game of the year Friday night against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field.,

Rookie Justin Britt closes in on starting RT job; Marshawn Lynch to get some carries tomorrow night vs. Chicago; Walters is out | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks are off the field from their walk-through practice indoors here at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. It was like a Saturday in the regular season, with no helmets and just T-shirts and shorts. A new addition this offseason to the Seahawks’ indoor practice facility in Renton (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).

Justin Britt looks set to win Seahawks starting right tackle job | ProFootballTalk
The Seattle Seahawks hoped Justin Britt would develop into their starting right tackle when they selected him in the second round of the draft out of the University of Missouri in May. Turns out he may ascend to the starting role even earlier than anticipated.

Fantasy Watch: NFC West - Division by Division -
Patrick Daugherty breaks down the top targets, players to avoid and late-round fliers in the NFC West.

Dean Blandino expects penalties to decrease -
"We expected it. I think there's an adjustment period for our officials, for the coaches and our players," Blandino said Thursday night on NFL Network's NFL Total Access. "When the regular season rolls around, I think everybody will be on the same page and I think you'll see those foul totals go down."

Stevie Johnson trying to lock down No. 3 receiver role -
The 49ers traded for Stevie Johnson with the expectation that he was going to be the No. 3 receiver. However, Johnson is still competing for the role and acknowledged he's no longer a featured part of the offense.

Rishaw Johnson acquired by Buccaneers from Chiefs -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired guard Rishaw Johnson in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for safety Kelcie McCray on Thursday.

NFL training camps: Lesser-known rookies ready to contribute -
Late-round picks like Zach Mettenberger, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bruce Ellington appear to be gems all successful teams find among their rookies.

Patriots to use Chandler Jones at linebacker in 3-4 -
Bill Belichick is changing up his defense once again. How will Chandler Jones factor in as the team transitions to a 3-4 defense for the 2014 season?

Denver Broncos Training Camp Report: AFC's Best Team to Start 2014 | The MMQB with Peter King
The reigning AFC champs underwent major reconstruction since that game in February and have looked as formidable as ever this summer. But, oh, those creaking 30-something bones . . .

49ers replacing turf at Levi’s Stadium | ProFootballTalk
After being forced to move practice out of Levi’s Stadium due to poor turf conditions on Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers have decided to replace the playing surface altogether ahead of Sunday’s preseason game with the San Diego Chargers.

The demise of fantasy football has begun. | : Will Leitch Article
Last week, a video of the Manning brothers pretending to rap about fantasy football made the rounds. It's a funny video, one supposes, featuring as it does Eli Manning eating a sandwich in slow motion and Joe Namath molesting someone's mother while stirring a pot of stew. But what struck me most was the historical irony of two of the NFL's most marketable stars -- their two most ubiquitous commercial presences -- starring in a viral video about fantasy football in the first place.

Notes - Packers' backup QB battle too close to call
The Green Bay Packers will be trying to help themselves while at the same time not assisting the opposition during their deliberations on keeping a third quarterback for the first time since 2008.

Film Room: Analyzing the Steelers' no-huddle offense | theScore
Everything is faster in Pittsburgh these days. Their receivers have gotten faster, their quarterback is throwing the ball faster and their offensive pace is faster. That’s been the goal the last few years, ever since offensive coordinator Todd Haley was hired in 2012.

Why Your Team Sucks 2014: San Francisco 49ers
Some people are fans of the San Francisco 49ers. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the San Francisco 49ers. This 2014 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Eli Manning

317 completions. 551 attempts. 57.5 percent completion percentage. 18 touchdowns. 27 interceptions. 39 sacks. Seven fumbles.

Roundtable: NFC Favorites to make the Super Bowl - Cincy Jungle
Who is our staff's favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl?

Darnell Dockett's emotional value is immeasurable - ESPN
The impact of Darnell Dockett's loss on the field is quantitatively measurable.