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2½ months after kidney-cancer surgery, Williams plays for Hawks | - Sports
They said it would happen, so it wasn't exactly out of the blue.

Takeaways from Seahawks 22-20 loss to Broncos in preseason opener - Aug. 14, 2015 | Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR
In what was one of the more sloppy football games witnessed in Seattle in some time, the Seattle Seahawks lost their preseason opener 22-20 to the Denver Broncos.

Hawks lose 22-20 but rookies bring fireworks - Seattle - Scout
The Seahawks lost Friday night 22-20 to the Denver Broncos and injuries to backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and wide receiver Chris Matthews made the defeat that much tougher. Eye-popping debuts from rookies Frank Clark and Tyler Lockett (among others), however, certainly provided a silver lining to the evening.

Thiel: Clark, Lockett shine; Carroll, not so much | Sportspress Northwest
The Seahawks opened the exhibition season with 22-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, and they also lost three players to injury. But Tyler Lockett . . . oh my. Even Carroll momentarily went nuts.

Seahawks may need new backup plan with Tarvaris Jackson injury - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Tarvaris Jackson is a player the Seahawks don't necessarily want to use during the regular season. The concern after Friday's game, however, is whether Seattle's backup quarterback will be ready to. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Tarvaris Jackson, Chris Matthews, Mohammed Seisay injured in Seahawks’ preseason opener - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seahawks backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson sustained a sprained ankle in the second half of Friday’s preseason opener against the Broncos and had to be carted off the sidelines. He was listed as questionable to return.

Seahawks Game Center: Seattle falls to Broncos in 2015 preseason opener | The Seattle Times
Tarvaris Jackson and Chris Matthews each left the field during Seattle's first exhibition game Friday – a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Amid fumbles and stumbles, Seahawks had some bright spots in 22-20 exhibition loss to Denver | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks 22-20 exhibition loss to the Denver Broncos was sloppy and forgettable, but there were some bright spots, too.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Broncos: 5 takeaways from Seattle's loss
The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Denver Broncos on Friday for a sloppy and ugly preseason game. Here's 5 takeaways from Seattle's loss.

Five Takeaways From The Seahawks Preseason Opener vs Denver Broncos | Seattle Seahawks
Rookies Tyler Lockett and Frank Clark impressed in the Seahawks' first outing of 2015.

Broncos defeat Seahawks 22-20 in first preseason game | Q13 FOX News

Broncos, Brock Osweiler impress in preseason opening win over Seahawks - The Denver Post
The pregame preparation spared no detail. Peyton Manning wore tape on his ankles, a glove on his right hand and a towel on his pants to wipe his hands.

Zap! Tyler Lockett supplies lightning in Seahawks’ 22-20 exhibition loss to Broncos | The News Tribune
Takeaways from first exhibition game: Seattle’s two-year-old problem of pass protection continues, defensive end Frank Clark could become a prime disruptor, and fellow top rookie Tyler Lockett can fly.

Seahawks’ post-game impressions: Lockett, Michael, Clark, the O-line, and more | The Seattle Times
Here are our post-game impressions following Seattle's 22-20 preseason opening loss to Denver Friday night.

Pete Carroll vs Broncos Press Conference | Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll discussed his impressions of the first preseason game vs the Broncos with the media following the game.

Dave Boling: Seattle Seahawks’ future on display in exhibition opener | The News Tribune
I used to be with some of you, heaping scorn on exhibition games as useless encounters pitting the marginal against the hopeless.

Receiver Tyler Lockett's NFL debut thing of beauty - NFL Nation - ESPN
The Seahawks didn't do much right in their preseason opener, but Tyler Lockett stole the show with an electrifying performance.

Tyler Lockett Shines in NFL Debut - Bring On The Cats
Tyler Lockett shows why he was the special teams player of the year the last two season in the Big 12.

Data Dump: Defensive Points Allowed SRS
Today’s guest post/contest comes from Thomas McDermott, a licensed land surveyor in the State of California, a music theory instructor at Loyola Marymount

NFL contends Commissioner had authority to increase Brady discipline, so why didn’t he? | ProFootballTalk
The final brief submitted by the NFL in support of the decision to suspend Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reiterates the same arguments the league already has made. In a footnote on the final page of the brief, the NFL makes a curious claim.

NFL Wins: Over/Under - Against the Spread -
Jeff Baldwin (@JeffBaldwin4) and Jeremy Wardwell (@jdwardwell5) are picking against the spread all season long in Rotoworld's Season Pass, and it’s time for their NFL team Over/Unders. Jeremy and Jeff weigh in on team win totals and related team expectations for the upcoming season.

Super Bowl standout Chris Matthews leaves game with shoulder injury | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews left Friday night's preseason opener against the Denver Broncos with a left shoulder injury suffered while attempting to recover a fumble. Matthews was a gunner on the punt team and was covering a Seattle punt in the second quarter.

Brock Osweiler sharp for Broncos as Peyton Manning sits | ProFootballTalk
Peyton Manning did not play in Friday night's preseason opener for the Denver Broncos. Instead, the Broncos gave the first half to backup Brock Osweiler, who had a solid performance against the Seattle Seahawks.

Chris Johnson to take physical with Arizona Cardinals -
Is free-agent running back Chris Johnson headed to the desert? The Arizona Cardinals have scheduled a physical with Johnson on Sunday.

Mariota's debut starts poorly, ends with promise -
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota found out very quickly that the NFL isn't PAC-12 football. The rookie had a rollercoaster debut against the Atlanta Falcons' defense.

Tyrod Taylor most impressive of Bills quarterbacks -
Tyrod Taylor, was the most impressive of the trio, converting both of his possessions into touchdowns. Taylor escaped pressure in the pocket and reeling off 47 yards via scrambles and designed runs.

Michael Robinson: Zach Mettenberger is a starter -
Second-year quarterback Zach Mettenberger was impressive Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons. NFL Media's Michael Robinson believes the LSU product deserves a shot to start.

Odell Beckham 2.0: Can the Sequel Be Better Than the Original? «

Thoughts on Rams $24.5 Million Extension with Nick Foles - Over the Cap
salary cap, contracts, bonus money, dead money, and cap savings for every player in 2015 and beyond

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | San Francisco and Losing Defensive Players
Last year, the San Francisco 49ers fell to 8-8 after three straight seasons where they went 11-4-1 or better. Conventional wisdom says the 49ers are going to get even worse this year, and this is one place where Football Outsiders is in agreement with the conventional wisdom. In the new Football Outsiders Almanac 2015, our season simulation has the 49ers averaging just 6.8 wins and making the playoffs just 20 percent of the time.

Virtual Reality uses in sports | NBC SportsWorld
For virtual-reality technology in sports, the time is now. Pro and college teams across the land are adopting the technology.

The number of cord cutters rises to record levels

Breaking Down Melvin Gordon's NFL Preseason Debut | Bleacher Report
San Diego Chargers news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

The crazy Philip Rivers and Jerry Jones photo won't be topped this season | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Philip Rivers-Jerry Jones photo from Thursday night's preseason game is hypnotic.

NFL sends memo reminding teams of prohibition on fighting | ProFootballTalk
Fighting has been one of the storylines of 2015 training camps. From the Redskins and Texans trading hard knocks on Hard Knocks to Cam Newton and Josh Norman throwing down at Panthers practice to the shot heard round Geno Smith's jaw delivered by IK Enemkpali in the Jets locker room, we haven't g...

RG3 pleased with his preseason debut | ProFootballTalk
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III didn't do a lot in Thursday night's preseason debut, but he was pleased all the same. Griffin said afterward that he shook off a big hit and generally liked what the offense was doing. “You’re going to get hit every now and then,” Griffin said.

NaVorro Bowman on playing in preseason: I’ll get out there when I’m ready | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said that he expected to have linebacker Navorro Bowman in the lineup for the team's Saturday night preseason opener against the Texans but left room to change his mind based on the way Bowman felt closer to kickoff.

Pryor set to return, resume quest to make successful position switch | ProFootballTalk
The Terrelle Pryor Experiment is set to resume with the Browns as Pryor is due back at practice after missing 10 days with a hamstring injury, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Friday. It's good timing, too, for Pryor as the Browns travel to Rochester Aug.

Fantasy Football - Believe it or Not: Abdullah, Gordon, Gray, Ertz, Robinson? :
Is Ameer Abdullah the back to get in Detroit? Is Melvin Gordon worth an early pick? Heath Cummings answers some burning questions as preseason opens.

Which player from each team will have a breakout fantasy season?
NFL Nation reporters break down who they expect to be this year's breakout fantasy player for each team.

Bowles: Abdullah is 'about as quick as Barry Sanders' -
Ameer Abdullah has received high praise after his first game with the Detroit Lions. New York Jets coach Todd Bowles went so far as to compare the rookie running back to Barry Sanders.

NaVorro Bowman knows he's not himself ... yet -
Navorro Bowman knows he's not back to being Navorro Bowman again. But he continues to head in the right direction.

NFL teams pick the brain of high school coach who never punts | ProFootballTalk
Not many high school coaches are sought out by NFL coaches for advice. But Kevin Kelley is no ordinary high school coach. Kelley, the coach at Pulaski Academy in Arkansas, has won two state championships while employing the highly unusual strategy of never punting.

The Green Bay Packers have built a contender for the long haul - NFL
In a league where patience seemingly grows thinner by the year and many teams aggressively pursue high-priced free agents to fill holes, the Packers' plan of draft, develop and reinvest remains.