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Robert Griffin III went from hero to zero in 32 months in D.C. | The MMQB with Peter King
In a span of 32 months, Robert Griffin III went from rookie of the year to being demoted. As Washington mulls severing ties with RG3, here’s a look back at where it all went wrong and which team he could play for next

The Panthers offense will rely on Cam Newton's rushing in 2015 | The MMQB with Peter King
The Panthers found their way late last season with a diverse, collegiate style rushing attack. With their top perimeter receiving threat out for the season and pass protection still a major issue, expect Carolina to rely heavily on Cam Newton’s legs for 16 games this year

New to the job: Ranking new starting QBs and their potential for success |
Now that Washington’s Kirk Cousins and Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor have been named starters, that makes nine NFL teams that will open the season with a different quarterback atop the depth chart than the one that was considered the No. 1 at the close of the 2014 season. That number does not include either Tom Brady’s life in legal limbo in New England, or Carson Palmer’s return to health in Arizona after his season-ending knee injury last year, since neither situation represents a true change at the position.

Percy Harvin on Tyrod Taylor: 'He's going to be tremendous' for the Bills -
Taylor's added threat as a runner provides a dimension Buffalo's offense can't get with Matt Cassel or E.J. Manuel.

Why year two will reveal if Bortles, Bridgewater, Carr are franchise QBs -
Other star quarterbacks know: If second-year QBs Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr are going to shine in the NFL, they need to make the leap this season.

Agent's Take: How the Redskins can engineer a trade for RG3 -
Is RG3 untradeable? Not entirely. Ex-Agent Joel Corry says the Redskins can get something in return for their diminished QB -- if they get creative.

Judge Berman “anticipates” Brady ruling by end of the week | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, Judge Richard Berman said that he fully expected to issue a ruling in the Tom Brady case on Tuesday or Wednesday. It's after 5 p.m. on Tuesday in New York and there's been no ruling issued yet, so it seems unlikely to be delivered on September 1.

Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers among top rosters in 2015 - NFL
Led by nine players who made #NFLRANK, the Seahawks have the top roster in the NFL entering the 2015 season, Field Yates writes.

Why J.J. Watt warrants No. 1 player ranking - NFL
Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the game, but J.J. Watt is the best player of his generation.

#NFLRANK: The top 100 players
Who is the best player in the NFL: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Our 70-plus voters settled that and plenty of other debates in this year's ranking of the top 100 players.

Arians: Tyrann Mathieu my 'happiest draft choice' -
Bruce Arians and the Cardinals have made their share of positive picks in the later rounds of the NFL Draft, but none have made Arizona's coach happier than Tyrann Mathieu.

Cleveland Browns release Phil Taylor -
Cleveland's first wave of cuts have come with a slight surprise. The team announced Tuesday that defensive tackle Phil Taylor has been released after four seasons with the team.

Notable Cuts Roundup: Who needs a new team? -
The 49ers cut DL Lawrence Okoye. Okoye, a British Olympian in the discus, is one of many notable cuts that have been made as NFL teams try to get their rosters from 90 to 75 players. Check in on the rest in our tracker.

Hasselbeck looking for meaningful snaps in preseason finale -
Hasselbeck looking for meaningful snaps in preseason finale If all goes well in Indianapolis this season, this traditionally meaningless contest could turn out to be the last meaningful snaps of Hasselbeck's 17-year NFL career -- and he's lobbying to start.

Carroll: No decision on Fred Jackson; Robert Turbin ankle injury one reason for interest | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks have yet to make a decision on signing free agent running back Fred Jackson. But the team revealed that Robert Turbin has a high ankle sprain, helping to explain the team's interest in the 34-year-old running back.

Seahawks offense isn't broken, just a work in progress
The Seahawks offense has struggled in preseason play, but don't sound your alarm bells. It's a process just like every year has been.

Seattle Seahawks injury update: Turbin out with "significant" ankle injury - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Pete Carroll's presser on Tuesday provided us with an injury update on the Seattle Seahawks. There were some definite highlights that need to be passed alo

Bruce Irvin on Kam Chancellor's holdout: 'We need Kam, but Kam deserves his money' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
At the end of July, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin Tweeted 'Get yo money Bam Bam!' in support of teammate Kam Chancellor's holdout. With the start of the regular season approaching and with Chancellor still absent from Seattle's secondary, Irvin's resolve is starting to fade. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll: Seahawks Free Safety Earl Thomas "Ready To Go" For Regular Season Opener | Seattle Seahawks
Earl Thomas took part in his first full practice of the year on Tuesday.

“The Sky’s the Limit” for Likely Seahawks Starting Center Drew Nowak | Seattle Seahawks
Drew Nowak has gone from the Seahawks practice squad to a likely Week 1 starter, and his teammates and coaches are excited about his potential.

Chargers QB Rivers says scuffle was good, but overblown |
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers appreciates how his blockers defended him Saturday. But a 15-yard penalty and four knockdowns weren't part of the plan.

Philip Rivers of San Diego Chargers downplays scuffle with Seattle Seahawks' Frank Clark
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers downplayed Saturday's minor scuffle between himself and Seattle Seahawks pass-rusher Frank Clark.

Seahawks Coach Tom Cable “Really Confident” About Offensive Line | Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are close to settling on a starting offensive line, and OL coach Tom Cable is excited about that group.

Seattle’s passion for sports made me leave my SoCal home | The Seattle Times
Matt Calkins, in his first column for The Seattle Times, explains why he left his SoCal slice of heaven and came to the Pacific Northwest.

Seahawks have nine players ranked in top 100, according to poll | FOX Sports
Seahawks have nine players ranked in top 100, according to poll

NFL Preseason Power Rankings: Pack on top, but Seahawks team to beat -
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers sit atop the rankings, but for how long? The Seahawks still look like the team to beat for the long haul and keep your eyes on the Eagles, a team that could be moving up by mid-September.

In interview with 710 ESPN, Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin reveals he’s mentoring rookie DE Frank Clark - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Interviewing on 710 ESPN’s Brock and Salk show Tuesday morning, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin explained how he’s taken an active role in mentoring rookie defensive end Frank Clark.

GAME PREVIEW: Raiders at Seahawks
The Oakland Raiders will close out the preseason on the road as they travel to Seattle to take on the defending NFC Champion Seahawks Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m. PT at CenturyLinkField.

The Rams Aren't Treating The Preseason Like The Preseason. They Are Treating The Beginning Of The Regular Season Like The Preseason. - Turf Show Times
Why be ready for week one?

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll likes Fred Jackson's receiving - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
When asked what he finds appealing about Fred Jackson, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll dropped a potential hint regarding how the running back might be used if he signs with Seattle.

Tomsula: Okoye waived early to give him chance with other teams | CSN Bay Area
SANTA CLARA – Coach Jim Tomsula said the decision to waive defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye during the first round of cuts to 75 players was made to give him the best opportunity to land with another team this season

This Is Training Camp | The Players' Tribune
I’m not in Kansas anymore. This is the NFL. Football is my job now.

Football Outsiders: 'We don't see Carson Palmer as any kind of savior' - Revenge of the Birds
In our yearly preview with Football Outsiders, there isn't as much optimism for the Cardinals are appears to be locally.

Relationship with Marshawn Lynch drives Fred Jackson to Seattle visit | ProFootballTalk
Yes, free-agent running back Fred Jackson is on his way to Seattle for a visit with the Seahawks. Although a league source tells PFT that there have been no contract discussions yet, both sides are indeed motivated to get something done.