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Kawann Short vs Sheldon Rankins | Seahawks Draft Blog
Josh Norris’ latest mock draft has Sheldon Rankins paired with the Seahawks at #26: “Don’t get me started on Rankins. He is a top 10 talent in this draft. He is a true upfield disruptor who is smooth, quick and versatile with his hands to win the balance advantage. I’ll go as far to say that Rankins could be this year’s Kawann Short. The Seahawks love disruption, and Rankins would offer it.”

Yards Per Target As A Metric
Tweet 1 In my article last week about Kirk Cousins, I used the metric of of yards per target as a way to evaluate the Redskins’ receivers.. Cousins’ NFL leading 69.8% completion percentage increased the effectiveness of their short passing game and led to 7.3 yards per attempt, which was seventh in the NFL.

Net Points Allowed In Playoffs by Super Bowl Champion Defenses
A quick checkdown today, looking at the net points allowed in the playoffs by each of the 50 teams that won the Super Bowl. What do I mean by net points? It’s pretty simple:

Mike Carey criticism of wrong calls, state of NFL officiating | The MMQB with Peter King
Mike Carey was supposed to be CBS’s answer to Mike Pereira, FOX’s popular officiating expert. His two seasons on the job haven’t quite gone as planned. The referee-turned-broadcaster on the avalanche of criticism he receives in his new job, and the state of officiating in the NFL

Mike Carey’s problems come more from form than substance | ProFootballTalk
In many jobs, the ability to perform successfully hinges on the ability to communicate effectively. For anyone who appears on TV (and speaks while doing so), the ability to communicate well becomes critical.

2016 NFL Combine: 10 surprise invitations and 10 snubs -
Even with 332 prospects invited to Indianapolis, there were several notable omissions from the official list, including Akron linebacker Jatavis Brown.

The dirty little secret behind why players are signing these early deals -
Why are players in such a rush to sign deals right now instead of standing their ground and using the NFL calendar to their advantage? The answer might surprise you.

1985 Bears vs. 2015 Broncos: Statistics favor the Monsters of the Midway -
Certain members of the Broncos defense think they're better than the 1985 Bears. Heck, even President Obama compared the two teams. Here's what the stats say.

32 NFL players who need a change of scenery, Robert Griffin III, Jason Pierre-Paul
Robert Griffin III out in Washington? The Giants moving on from Jason Pierre-Paul? NFL Nation reporters pick a player who needs a change of scenery for all 32 NFL teams.

Three teams that can follow the Denver Broncos' blueprint - NFL
A lot of teams will try to copy Denver's Super Bowl-winning formula, but these three franchises actually have the potential on defense to pull it off, writes Scott Kacsmar.

Veteran G Jahri Evans wasn't taking paycut from Saints -
Jahri Evans was asked to take another paycut from the Saints this offseason. This time he turned them down, resulting in him being cut by the team.

Cards GM: No doubt we want Tyrann Mathieu long-term -
Despite Tyrann Mathieu suffering two ACL injuries in his young career, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said there is no doubt the team wants the safety to be a "fixture here for years."

Franchise tag primer: Miller, Cousins top candidates -
March 1 is the deadline for teams to use the franchise tag on prospective free agents. Von Miller and Kirk Cousins are top candidates to receive the tag. Chris Wesseling makes his predictions.

Cam Newton sends out Instagram: 'I win my way' -
Cam Newton posted an Instagram photo on Friday reiterating he will win his way. The Panthers quarterback has been blasted for his handling of the post-Super Bowl presser and not diving on a fourth-quarter fumble.

Griffin passes exit physical, paving way for release -
Albert Breer reported that Robert Griffin III passed his exit physical with the Redskins, paving the way for his seemingly imminent release. What will Washington do with their little-used QB?

Seahawks could find cheaper, younger options in talent-rich draft - Seattle - Scout
This strength of this year's draft lies at defensive tackle, which may just rank as an even bigger area of need for the Seahawks than the offensive line.

Thiel: Seahawks can hope Newton won’t grow up | Sportspress Northwest
The leader of the Seahawks' new primary adversary, Cam Newton of the Panthers, will eventually talk his way out of a bad press conference. It will be harder to play his way out of a bad play.

Seattle Seahawks Offensive Line – Out With The Young, In With The Old - Oregon Sports News
The offensive line is going to get a makeover this offseason. Even a cagey John Schneider, has had no problem acknowledging the need to make moves there. What may surprise Seattle Seahawks fans is just how they are going to do it.

Notable 2016 NFL roster cuts -
Monday marked the first day NFL teams could start trimming their rosters in order to get under the salary cap before the start of the 2016 league year on March 9.

Ciara on Russell Wilson and abstinence: 'It is not easy' -
Last July, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said that he and his girlfriend, singer Ciara, are abstaining from sex while dating.

Huard: Can Seahawks' Bobby Wagner get to the same level as Panthers' Luke Kuechly? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Luke Kuechly's combination of aggression and football IQ puts the Carolina All-Pro atop the list of NFL linebackers. Is there something the Seahawks' own star LB, Bobby Wagner, can learn from him? - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers landing spots for Matt Forte?
Matt Forte is certain to generate interest on the open market. Which teams would want him and could afford the running back?

Friday Round-Up: NFC West Rookie Grades - Which Team Ranks On Top? | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks post-Super Bowl mock draft roundup -
The Denver Broncos hoisted the Lombardi Trophy just five days ago, and the NFL offseason is in full swing.

Thursday Round-Up: Checking In With Former Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks.

Clayton: Seahawks can't renegotiate Michael Bennett's contract - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Among Seattle's many offseason questions, one of the biggest is how they will appease their star defenders who want more money, including Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

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