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Seahawks News

Seattle Seahawks 90-Man Roster Primer: Damien Lewis - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
An instant day one starter for the Seahawks, Lewis garnered All-Rookie Team honors after starting all 16 games and his best football looks to be ahead of him. Set to flip to the left side of the line with Gabe Jackson's arrival, could the former LSU standout emerge as a star in his sophomore season?

Marshawn Lynch’s ‘Beast Mode’ 5th-best nickname in football history
ICYMI: Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch - aka "Beast Mode" - earns Touchdown Wire's fifth-best nickname in football history.

NFC West News

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk ready to have ‘best season yet’ in 2021
Arizona Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk enters his fourth NFL season. Thus far, he has not been bad but he hasn’t become the player the team hoped when they selected him in the second round in 2018.

Five Best Bargain Contracts on the Cardinals - Revenge of the Birds
The Arizona Cardinals have been heavy spenders in free agency over the last two seasons, signing players such as J.J. Watt, Jordan Phillips, and Jordan Hicks that add up to $95 million in total contract value.

Golden Nuggets: Which draft picks from the 49ers aren’t locks to make the roster? - Niners Nation
Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Sunday, July 18, 2021.

How does Rams offensive line compare to rest of NFC West? - Turf Show Times
So far in this series, we’ve compared the LA Rams at defensive line and at cornerback to the rest of the NFC West.

Around The NFL

Patriots' precedent could be key factor in a Stephon Gilmore resolution - New England Patriots- ESPN
Perhaps adding easily-earned incentives to the cornerback's contract would fall in line with New England's approach of finding common ground?

Better, worse or the same? Ravens defense focused on being the best - Baltimore Ravens- ESPN
Although the Ravens' defense aims to be elite, there are some parts of their roster that arguably got worse during the offseason.

Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo asks for cleats to be returned from stolen Jeep
Younghoe Koo just wants his cleats back.

NFL head coach power rankings - Sports Illustrated
A look at how the league's veteran head coaches stack up, as well as how the rookie coaches rate heading into Year One.

Jimmie Ward Says Sammy Watkins is the Reason the Chiefs Won the Super Bowl - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward says Sammy Watkins is the reason the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

Randy Gregory felt he “got robbed of a year” by defensive staff’s favoritism of Aldon Smith
Randy Gregory has not played much since the Cowboys made him a second-round choice in 2015, missing 52 games while suspended. But the pass rusher should have played more than he did last season.

Houston Texans 2021 player profile: DE Whitney Mercilus
With J.J. Watt no longer a member of the Houston Texans, Whitney Mercilus is now the longest-tenured player with the organization. But with the Texans on the verge of a rebuild, the 2021 season could be Mercilus’ final year in Houston.

6 Chargers with the most to lose at training camp
As it is with every training camp, the Chargers will have a number of position battles to watch. Every summer, there are always players with more to lose than their teammates on the roster.

As rosters shrink, will vaccination rates rise or fall? - ProFootballTalk
The NFL hopes to get as many teams as possible — and preferably all teams — to a vaccination rate of 85 percent or greater. The fact that roughly a third of the league has hit that mark at a time when the rosters have up to 90 men could be good news in that regard.

The 25 best NFL players under the age of 25 | Yardbarker
ICYMI: The NFL is a league of young stars and has a bright future with the selection of great players yet to turn 25. These 25 players represent the best and brightest the NFL has to offer.

25 things to keep an eye on once NFL training camps open | Yardbarker
ICYMI: The 2021 NFL season is set for a more conventional training camp after major changes last year due to COVID-19. With another wild offseason, there are still some big questions to be answered as training camp opens in about one month.