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‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: Talking Eagles, the Kenny Stills Trade, and Answering Mailbag Questions «
Mays and Barnwell wonder what the Eagles are doing, break down the Kenny Stills trade, and get to mailbag questions on today’s podcast.

Checkdowns: Worst Leaders in Team Receiving Yards
In the comments to this post, Ryan noted that Mike Alstott led the Bucs with 557 receiving yards in 1996, but it was the fewest yards of any player who led his team in receiving yards that season. And in 1997, Karl Williams led Tampa Bay with just 486 receiving yards, also the fewest of any player who led his team in receiving yards that year.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Trade Cost-Benefit Analysis
Imagine if the Bills had traded more than Kiko Alonso to get LeSean McCoy. What if, instead, they had added a late first-round pick to get Chip Kelly to pull the trigger? Bills fans would probably like that trade much less than the real one. Maybe this Eagles fan would feel more positively about Chip Kelly.

Football Savages / NFL Draft Prototypes: Offensive Guards | Football Savages
Offensive guards are becoming ever important to a team's success. The 2015 guard class is mediocre, but a "prototype" can still be built.

Rams sign DT Nick Fairley: 4 things to know -
Fairley got a prove-it deal to play with one of the best defensive lines in football.

No Fly Zone 2.0: Revis, Cromartie headline revamped Jets secondary -
New York spent big money to put new head coach Todd Bowles in a position to run his defense the way he likes: with a whole lot of blitzing and man coverage behind that pressure.

Buffalo Bills' gamble on Percy Harvin sends contradictory message - ESPN
Buffalo Bills devoting precious, dwindling salary-cap space to Percy Harvin doesn't make sense

No guarantees St. Louis Rams are done adding quarterbacks - ESPN
There was some degree of misdirection when it came to the Rams' parting of ways with former franchise quarterback Sam Bradford.

After the departures: Teams impacted most by losses in free agency |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

2015 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Jameis Winston still No. 1 overall to Bucs |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Broncos sign guard Shelley Smith | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos have made a move to bolster their offensive line. Veteran guard Shelley Smith has agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the team announced. Smith signed with the Dolphins a year ago and played in 11 games for them, starting three. He was released last week.

Rams GM: Bradford talks heated up after combine -
Les Snead spent much of the scouting combine saying that Sam Bradford was his guy, and that "deleting him" was not the answer, but trade talks heated up for the former St. Louis Rams QB soon after.

New Orleans Saints sign C.J. Spiller -
The New Orleans Saints have signed former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller on Friday. Is New Orleans changing its identity and moving away from Drew Brees' aerial attack?

Percy Harvin agrees to one-year deal with Bills -
Percy Harvin will join an all-of-a-sudden scary-fast lineup in Buffalo, according to Ian Rapoport. The former Jet, Viking and Seahawk will now line up in by far the most talented offense he's played in.

Graham trade changes match ups for 49ers - Seattle - Scout
Now that Jimmy Graham is with the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers must find new ways to cover him with Patrick Willis no longer an option.

Newly acquired Graham eager to ‘fit in' with Seahawks | - Sports
SEATTLE — New Seattle Seahawk Jimmy Graham was as surprised as anybody when he received a phone call from New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton...

Jimmy Graham sees role as changing ways packed-in defenses play Seahawks; Stefen Wisniewski still visiting Seattle | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Give Jimmy Graham credit. During the two days of flying his private plane to the gulf coast of Florida, having his career uprooted from the only team he’s known in New Orleans, having someone else fly him to the opposite corner of the country, passing a physical, meeting his new coach, general manager and Seahawks staff, seeing his new city of Seattle and then flying all the way back to Florida, he’s somehow found the time to internalize why he is the newest Seahawk.

Safety Jeron Johnson reported drawing interest from Washington | The Seattle Times
Jeron Johnson, a reserve strong safety for the Seahawks the last four years, is visiting Washington and appears unlikely to be back with the Seahawks, which will open up opportunities for others to become the backup to Kam Chancellor.

Split Zone Analysis: A Look at the X's and O's of the Run GameSyed Schemes
With many NFL teams using zone blocking concepts to run the ball, the Split Zone is a variation of both inside zone as well as the zone read. It is a great complimentary concept because it aligns with an offense’s zone principles but gives the defense a different look and blocking scheme. Split Zone can be run from both Shotgun and under center. Here, the Seahawks run Split Zone against the Packers for a Touchdown from Shotgun in 11 personnel (1RB 1TE 3 WR):

Jimmy Graham eager for chemistry class with Russell Wilson to begin
Jimmy Graham has played with Drew Brees and is about to play with Russell Wilson. The three-time Pro Bowl tight end who was acquired by the Seahawks this week compares and contrasts their games.

What will the Seahawks do in the second wave of free agency? | Seahawks Draft Blog
In the aftermath of the Jimmy Graham trade the Seahawks were still being linked to key free agents. The Jabaal Sheard talk quickly went quiet as he signed with the Patriots. Terrance Knighton and Andre Johnson were both suggested targets, while Stefen Wisniewski is visiting with the team today along with Shelley Smith.

Byron Maxwell: Seahawks Should Have Ran Ball In Super Bowl « CBS Philly
“I’m pretty sure, yeah I think so,” Maxwell told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show Friday, when asked if the Seahawks should have ran the ball. “Looking back at it, I think Pete Carroll thinks that too. You know, he’s like man, ‘Should I probably hand the ball off? He’s like ‘Yeah, probably.’ I don’t think he was doing nothing malicious or nothing like that, but you know he definitely was like, ‘Yeah, I probably should have handed the ball off.'”

J.R. Sweezy tops Seahawks in performance-based pay - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Third-year guard J.R. Sweezy was the top Seahawks player in the league’s annual list of performance-based pay distribution, released Friday.

Once over shock of trade, Jimmy Graham likes being a Seahawk | ProFootballTalk
Jimmy Graham definitely didn't expect to be traded. But as the shock of the deal that sent him from New Orleans to Seattle wears off, he's kind of digging the idea of playing for a team that's been in the last two Super Bowls, winning one.

How The Seahawks' Big Move Will Pay Off Next Season | KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest
The Seahawks sent shockwaves through the NFL this week with their big trade with the New Orleans Saints: giving up center Max Unger and their first round

Seahawks to weigh all options when replenishing offensive line | The Seattle Times
Seattle hosted two free agents Thursday who could fill holes up front --- Shelley Smith, recently released by Miami; and Stefen Wisniewski, a starter the past four years for the Raiders who became an unrestricted free agent this week.

Friday Round-Up: Former Seahawks center Max Unger - "It's been a tough couple days"
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

49ers ponder counter to Seahawks' trade for Graham | CSN Bay Area
Seahawks GM John Schneider made a splash by acquiring Jimmy Graham, and 49ers GM Trent Baalke knows the 49ers need to counter...

Free Agency Winners and Losers - Offseason Low Down -
Patrick Daugherty takes a look at the early winners and losers in free agency.

Compensatory stockpile: How the Seattle Seahawks added 2015 and 2016 draft picks | Seattle Seahawks
The NFL system for awarding teams compensatory draft picks is complicated and secretive, but that isn’t stopping the Seattle Seahawks navigating it masterfully.

Source: CB Chris Culliver agrees to 4-year, $32 million deal with Redskins - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Culliver played four seasons with the 49ers, starting 14 games last year.

Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan land with Titans -
The Tennessee Titans made two big moves to solidify their pass rush Friday morning. Ian Rapoport reports the team has agreed to deals with Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.