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There’s a secret trait that seems to rule the NFL. What is it? Who has it? How do you get it? And what happens when you lose it?

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Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick on this week's Sports Illustrated cover - NFL -
America’s most popular sport will begin its 95th season next Thursday and for the NFL, the pigskin is soaring through the sky and viewers are watching in record numbers.

Kawakami: Patrick Willis on the 49ers' title expectations this season: "If it's easy, we'll take it; if not, then we'll earn it"
For the first time in a few years, there are legitimate questions about the 49ers’ defensive personnel, and not necessarily related to anything about the talents of the main players involved.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll responds to NFL penalties for violating mini-camp practice rules | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today that despite having been penalized by the NFL on Tuesday for violating rules regarding contact during a June mini-camp, his team is "trying to do things exactly right."

Arizona Cardinals sign Tommy Kelly -
Tommy Kelly was one of the most surprising and notable cuts during the recent roster shrinkage to 75 players. He wasn't out of work for long.

2015 NFL Draft: Week One Watchlist - Turf Show Times
Taking a look at NFL draft prospects from six of the biggest games for week one of the 2014 college football season.

49ers CB Dontae Johnson Has Fan in Jim Harbaugh
To examine the San Francisco 49ers 12-man NFL Draft class, checked in with a college coach of each pick. We continue our series with San Francisco’s 2014 version of Eric Reid.

College football returns tomorrow | Seahawks Draft Blog
Game #1 this year will be Texas A&M vs South Carolina. Who knows what to expect from these two in 2014 — both are sporting new quarterbacks. Both have lost top ten picks this year (Clowney, Matthews, Evans).

SI: Michael Floyd 'on verge of' breakout season - Revenge of the Birds
Is that really the case after more than 1000 yards in 2013?

Seahawks, Packers among NFC teams with highest ceilings -
Are Tony Romo's Dallas Cowboys a 10-win team this year? Could Colin Kaepernick's San Francisco 49ers be destined for a setback? Elliot Harrison predicts the ceiling and floor for each NFC team.

Offensive line a primary concern for 49ers heading into 2014 - Niners Nation
While preseason often doesn't tell much about a team, If 2014 has told us anything, it's that the 49ers offensive line could potentially be a big problem.

Wednesday in Hawkville: Players competing for roles and roster spots get one final opportunity
With the roster cut to 53 players looming on Saturday, the Seahawks battling for roles and roster spots will get one last chance to show they belong in Thursday night’s preseason opener.

Christine Michael to miss Seahawks' preseason finale - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Christine Michael's goal of getting a running start to the season hit a speed bump this week as a sore hamstring will keep him out of the Seahawks' preseason finale.

Seahawks LB Pierre-Louis fits the mold, but brings pet reptiles, humor to Seattle - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks have a knack for finding diamonds in the rough. They find players deep in the draft that other teams have overlooked, like K.J. Wright and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith.

Extra Points: Jayson Jenks reviews the news of the day from Seahawks camp | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
In today’s Extra Points video, Jayson Jenks reviews the Seahawks’ news of the day, including Pete Carroll’s reaction to the NFL penalties assessed on Tuesday, and some personnel updates:

Seahawks personnel updates: Bronson returns as Michael injures hamstring, Harvin gone on personal business, and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are the personnel updates, and a few other notes, from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s meeting with the media today following the team’s walkthrough at the VMAC.

A look ahead as Seahawks prepare for final exhibition at Oakland | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Offense could be even better than thought, illegal contact might be overblown and Terrelle Pryor has one more week to make the team.

Video and quotes: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson met the media today to talk about the preseason, his thoughts on Earl Thomas returning punts, what he does in his down time, and more. Here’s a transcript with some video below:

Richard Sherman: Other teams break rules more than Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
"Everybody just complains and whines about us breaking the rules," Sherman wrote in a blog post published Wednesday. "Apparently they break the rules a lot more than we do. So it’s just funny to watch it. The same thing that makes you laugh makes you cry. So it makes us laugh."

Carroll: "I think that we practice in a manner that draws attention"; Seahawks starters may play a little at Oakland tomorrow | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks re-signed RB Demitrius Bronson of Kentwood High School in Kent, one day after that cut him in what Carroll said was an impressive kid getting caught in a "numbers game" as the team had to get down to 75 players by Tuesday. Seattle released G/C Greg Van Roten to make roster room for Bronson.

Travel day for Seahawks, to final exhibition at Oakland; why DE O’Brien Schofield has been so good this month | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks have a short walkthrough practice this morning at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton before they leave this afternoon for Oakland. The final exhibition game is tomorrow at 7 p.m., one week to the day before Seattle hosts Green Bay to begin the NFL season.

Christine Michael unlikely to play Thursday and other Seahawks injury updates | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks re-signed running back Demitrius Bronson two days after releasing him and released guard Greg Van Roten. That move was made, Pete Carroll explained, because the Seahawks need another running back for Thursday night’s game.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Russell Wilson Targets Rare Achievement
Pete Carroll has been very public with one of his primary goals for his young quarterback. He wants Russell Wilson to complete 70% of his passes this season. That sounds like a nice round number, and a quarterback as efficient as Wilson would seem a perfect candidate to reach that mark.

Titans' Jurrell Casey signs four-year, $36M extension -
Jurrell Casey is going to stay in Nashville for a while. The defensive tackle has signed a four-year, $36 million to stay with the Tennesee Titans. Is he worth the big bucks?

Stevie Johnson not 'clicking' with Colin Kaepernick -
Stevie Johnson was acquired by the San Francisco 49ers with hopes that he would be another weapon at the disposal of Colin Kaepernick. How close are the two to being on the same page?

Arizona Cardinals sign Tommy Kelly -
Tommy Kelly was one of the most surprising and notable cuts during the recent roster shrinkage to 75 players. He wasn't out of work for long.

Behind the cutdown curtain | National Football Post
An inside look at the roster pare down in the NFL.

Around The NFL's Rookie of the Year predictions -
Blake Bortles, Ryan Shazier and Brandin Cooks got multiple votes in Around The NFL's Rookie of the Year predictions. Find out which other rookies made the list.

NFP rookie report: St. Louis Rams | National Football Post
Jeff Fisher’s crew spent the first round of May’s draft adding depth to the trenches.

New AP award to recognize top NFL assistant coach -
The AP announced Wednesday that The Assistant Coach of the Year award will be unveiled this season. Could Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn be the first winner?

James Harrison to visit Arizona Cardinals -
The Arizona Cardinals once again are dipping into the pool of former Steelers defenders, hosting free-agent linebacker James Harrison today. Could Harrison help an ailing defense?

The All-22: Rookies Ja'Wuan James, Jordan Matthews and Ethan Westbrooks look to impress |
The preseason is important for a lot of people, but for rookies of any stripe, it's crucial -- it's the first time they get to test their mettle against NFL talent, and the first chance for coaches to see where their young players are -- and what still needs improvement. In this installment of the All-22 (which could be called the "No-22," since the NFL doesn't make coach's tape available in the preseason), we examine the preseasons of three rookies -- a first-rounder, a second-rounder and an undrafted player who may be a future star.

Mark Ingram poised for breakout in Saints' offense -
Mark Ingram has been one of the NFL's most exciting running backs this preseason. Chris Wesseling says the former first-round pick is finally poised for a breakout season.

SI's All-Breakout Team: Players on the verge of a surprising 2014 season |
Ron Parker, CB, Chiefs: Parker has taken a roundabout way to a potential starting spot -- he signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has since played for Seattle (multiple times), Oakland, Carolina and finally Kansas City.

Cowboys claim Patriots pick Jemea Thomas off waivers | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots spent a sixth-round draft pick on defensive back Jemea Thomas this year, and Thomas was so unimpressive in training camp that he didn’t even survive the first round of roster cuts. But he’ll now get a shot in Dallas.

Will Defensive Contact Emphasis Spoil NFL's Regular Season? | Bleacher Report
Physical play, technique and the ability to challenge receivers throughout the route stem.

The Ultimate Final Preseason Week Viewing Guide | The Tailgater
The fourth preseason week offers meager thrills. The games are all sequestered away on Thursday night, ceding Labor Day weekend to college football (and baseball. And wholesome outdoor family activities) so coaches can review the film, cut down the rosters, and set about game-planning for Week 1 in a timely manner. All that is missing is yellow police tape around the telecasts and a flagman telling you there’s "nothing to see here."

Guest Post: DVOA-Adjusted Pythagorean Expectation —
In February, Chase used a regressed version of Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric to derive 2014 expected wins. If you are reading this site, you probably have some familiarity with Football Outsiders and DVOA, FO’s main efficiency statistic. Given the granularity of DVOA, it is no surprise that Year N DVOA correlates more strongly with Year N + 1 wins (correlation coefficient of .39) than Year N wins does (correlation coefficient of .32).

Meet the Prospect: Washington DE/LB Hau'oli Kikaha -
Hau'oli Kikaha (ha-OH-lee KEY-kah-HA) saw action as a true freshman (seven starts), but missed almost all of the next two seasons (2011-12) due to two ACL tears, both to his left knee. He returned healthy in 2013 as a junior and finished among the Pac-12 leaders in sacks (13), also leading the Huskies in tackles for loss (15.5) and forced fumbles (3).

LaMichael James put on a blocking display against the San Diego Chargers - Niners Nation
49ers RB LaMichael James was back in the fold on Sunday, getting his first snaps of the preseason. James did a lot of work as a return man and running back, with his greatest success coming in pass protection. Here are four GIFs of good blocks.

The top 10 plays that helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
What, you were expecting something else? Richard Sherman’s tipped pass that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl isn’t just the biggest play from last season. It will go down as one of the biggest plays in the history of the Seahawks.

Raiders vs Seahawks preseason 2014: What to watch for, storylines - Silver And Black Pride
The Raiders embark on their final preseason game of 2014 on Thursday when they welcome the Seattle Seahawks to town. Here a few Raiders storylines and things to watch for in the game: Starting the...