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Remarkable: Jesse Williams “cleared for light workouts” two weeks after surgery for cancer removed kidney | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Seahawks must decide if Russell Wilson is truly an elite quarterback | The Seattle Times
Do the Seahawks think Wilson is worth what Wilson thinks he’s worth?

Aldon Smith: 'If I'm on my game, I can't be stopped' -
The 49ers are counting on Aldon Smith to anchor their talent-drained defense. The pass-rusher vows he's up to the task, saying: "When I'm playing consistently and I'm on my game, I can't be stopped."

Richard Sherman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jose Bautista go mental on Twitter -
Sherman argued that no athletes have to prepare harder mentally than football players. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Caroline Wozniacki, Jose Bautista, Sean Soriano, Graeme McDowell and Marc Methot had their own thoughts on the subject.

NFLPA reportedly exploring release of Evan Mathis | ProFootballTalk
Former Eagles guard Evan Mathis wanted a new contract, and he'll be getting one. But that may not be good enough for the NFL Players Association. Via Tim McManus of, the NFLPA is reviewing the decision to cut Mathis, a two-time Pro Bowl guard.

Chip Kelly's high-wire act puts him in a very vulnerable spot | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is trying out something new in the NFL: winning by eliminating many of his best players from the roster.

Roundtable: After Watt, who is the best defensive player in the NFL? |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

NFL 101: The Basics of the Two-Point Playbook | Bleacher Report
In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down schemes and execution for two-point conversion attempts at the pro level. Click here for the previous version of NFL 101 on trap coverages.

Spending on the NFL Passing Game - Over the Cap
With this being kind of a slow time of year in the NFL I thought it would be fun to look at the teams that are spending the most in the NFL on their passing games. To evaluate the teams makeup we will look at their top three wide receiver (or tight end) and the top quarterback average salaries to get an idea of what teams are investing in their passing attack. We’ll also compare the numbers with last year’s adjusted yards just as a guide for how efficient or inefficient their spending will be if they perform the same as last year.

Five NFC Teams to watch that missed the 2014 playoffs | National Football Post

Football Savages / Structuring an Offense Around a Quarterback | Football Savages
Quarterbacks are almost always blamed for an offense's downfall, but what if the offense does a poor job of maximizing them?

The 10 Flipping Best Football Catches You'll Ever See | Rolling Stone
The 10 greatest flipping football catches you'll ever see. Forget about defensive backs, these wide receivers are shedding gravity.

2015 Rams Roster Preview: CB Montell Garner - Turf Show Times
Taking a look at the South Alabama's chances at sticking around beyond camp.

2015 Rams Roster Preview: Can RB Malcolm Brown Carve Out A Niche? - Turf Show Times
The Rams RB position is nothing short of loaded. Can the former 5-Star recruit find a role to fill and stick on the roster?

Kevin Minter's role on defense 'is up to him' - Revenge of the Birds
He isn't expected to do more than be a thumper, but he could do more.

Troy Niklas one of NFC 2nd year players needing 'reboot' - Revenge of the Birds
Disappointing rookie year has the tight end needing to do more.

Jim Tomsula talks coaching philosophy, what he has learned - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers head coach was on KNBR on Thursday, and had one of his more interesting interviews of the offseason. He talked about his coaching philosophy, from whom he has developed it, and more. Here is a full transcript.

49ers roster, 90-in-90 breakdowns: Antoine Bethea - Niners Nation
Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today we focus on strong safety Antoine Bethea.