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Century Links 7/28: The Preseason RB Battle


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Seahawks training camp position battles: Running backs | Seahawks Wire
As we inch closer to training camp, the Seattle Seahawks have some competition brewing for carries at the running back spot.

Seahawks' secret strengths? Deep passing, run stopping -
With the help of advanced metrics via Football Outsiders, has put together "sneaky strengths" for every NFL offense and defense in 2016. . OK, not really secrets, exactly, because most everyone who has watched the Seahawks over the past five years can see that Seattle's defense and its run-it-down-your-throat ground attack have been the key components to the team's success.  Aaron Schatz had a piece published Monday on that lists the "sneaky strength" of every NFL team on both sides of the ball, using Football Outsiders' advanced statistics -- primarily Defense-adjusted Value Over Average -- to highlight areas each team excelled in last season.  Seattle's underrated offensive strength was its deep passing game, the team ranked "fifth in DVOA on passes that traveled 16 or more yards past the line of scrimmage," according to Schatz, who writes the top four teams were Atlanta, New England, Oakland and Dallas. Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright are the catalysts for Seattle's stifling run defense, delivering two of the better performances in that regard at the linebacker position, according to Pro Football Focus, which says that duo missed a combined total of nine tackles against the run in 2016.

Court date for Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin pushed back to August | The Seattle Times
It looks like it will at least be another month or so before there is resolution to legal issues facing Seattle backup quarterback Trevone Boykin.

Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Gets Slimed at 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson served as host of Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports and took a trip down a slide into a pool full of green slime.

Seahawks Renaissance Man Michael Bennett: “I’m Just A Different Type Of Person” | Seattle Seahawks
Michael Bennett: Not just an elite athlete but also equal parts social activist, comedian, political commentator, mentor to younger athletes, and above all else, dedicated family man.

Podcast Player -Most Intriguing Seahawks: No. 10, S Kam Chancellor

Jon Beason: Dave Gettleman accused me of faking an injury | ProFootballTalk
The hits keep on coming when it comes to former players pouncing on former Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman. Former Panthers linebacker Jon Beason told WFNZ in Charlotte that Gettleman once made a strong accusation about Beason about Beason's inability to practice and play with a bad knee.

Former Browns and Patriots linebacker busted for marijuana | ProFootballTalk
Former Browns and Patriots linebacker Eric Martin was arrested in Arkansas Saturday for possession of marijuana. According to KAIT, Martin was stopped for doing 64 mph in a 45 mph zone, and while stopped, an officer said he smelled marijuana, and his drug dog partner alerted as well.

Ex-Panthers stars revel in Dave Gettleman's dismissal -
Dave Gettleman is out as general manager of the Carolina Panthers. It didn't take long for some notable former Carolina players to chime in on his dismissal via social media.

Le'Veon Bell doesn't land long-term Steelers contract -
The deadline for Le'Veon Bell to sign a long-term deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers has come and gone. The running back will play 2017 under the $12.1 million franchise tag.

Kirk Cousins, Redskins fail to reach agreement on deal -
As expected, Monday hit 4 p.m. ET without Kirk Cousins striking a new deal. Redskins president Bruce Allen used a statement to shed light on the lack of a long-term deal shortly after the deadline.

Joe Theismann offers his two cents on Kirk Cousins -
Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann thought his former team would lock up current starting QB Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal before today's franchise tag deadline. He was wrong.

Marshawn Lynch throws out first pitch at A's game -
Marshawn Lynch's return home has been nothing but smiles, red cards and sunshine. A ceremonial first pitch joined that list on Sunday, when the running back hit the mound for the Oakland A's.