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Seahawks News

Seahawks' outside cornerback spots still unsettled, but talent is in the room – The Athletic
Two of the most important spots on the Seahawks' defense are still up for grabs, with multiple candidates in the mix.

Report: Duane Brown, Seattle Seahawks Engaged in Discussions to End 'Hold In' - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
An extension isn't imminent, but based on multiple reports, the Seahawks have at least engaged in conversations with Brown hoping to get their standout left tackle back on the field to prepare for Week 1.

Clayton: Tough decisions the Seahawks must make in the next week
John Clayton expects things to get very interesting for the Seahawks over the next week with their final preseason game and roster cutdowns.

K.J. Wright could have 'a few more bucks' coming his way from Seahawks
The Seahawks and LB K.J. Wright have yet to reunite this offseason for 2021, but Brock Huard believes that is going to change very soon.

Thursday Round-Up: Kerry Hyder Jr. Joins 710 ESPN’s “Wyman & Bob”
One of the newer faces on the Seahawks defense, Hyder spoke with Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton about adjusting to the team culture and how his versatile play style fits his new squad.

Seahawks' center battle appears to be going Fuller's way |
Seattle Seahawks center Kyle Fuller appears to have the upper hand in a competition with Ethan Pocic for the starter's job.

Seahawks, Duane Brown talking again in effort to end contract dispute
Seahawks, Duane Brown talking again in effort to end contract dispute before the 2021 season begins.

Damien Lewis, Gabe Jackson block for Seahawks Russell Wilson | Tacoma News Tribune
Damien Lewis, fellow Seahawks guard Gabe Jackson have a wager protecting Russell Wilson this season: most knockdowns. Loser buys Seattle’s entire O-line dinner.

NFC West News

J.J. Watt, A.J. Green are latest to make late-career stop with Cardinals, but can they still play? – The Athletic
What is Arizona getting in J.J. Watt and A.J. Green? Much rides on the answer — for the Cardinals and a hyper-competitive division.

Arizona Cardinals Let’s Get Physical Happens in September - Sports Illustrated Arizona Cardinals News, Analysis and More
For all teams in the modern NFL, training camp is about staying healthy. Physical play begins in September.

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals third running back competition, Budda Baker talks rankings, and more - Revenge of the Birds
Happy Thursday one and all.

Kawakami: 'You're excited and it's also making your life miserable' — What it's like practicing against 49ers' revived defense – The Athletic
The return of Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Javon Kinlaw to team drills this week has stirred flashbacks to the 49ers' dominant 2019 defense.

49ers news: The Niners are making a huge mistake if they choose to rotate Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance - Niners Nation
QB rotation, here we come.

Rams News: Matthew Stafford goes deep with ESPN - Turf Show Times
Your source for Rams and NFL News from around the web.

Rams make a deal: 5 takeaways from GM following trade for Sony Michel - Turf Show Times
Snead wanted to bring in Michel to reinforce the running back group.

Rams DL A'Shawn Robinson To Undergo Knee Surgery
After missing the first half of the 2020 season, A’Shawn Robinson may not start the 2021 slate on time. The Rams defensive lineman is set to miss time because of a knee surgery, Sean McVay said Thursday.

Around The NFL

Long live 'The Growl': History of the Bengals' beloved and enduring fight song – The Athletic
"The Bengal Growl" has accompanied touchdowns in Cincinnati for 53 years and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

NFL proposed vaccine mandate; NFLPA declined, wants to resume daily testing - The Athletic
"We would love to see that mandate go into effect tomorrow," league general counsel Larry Ferazani said Thursday.

Former New England Patriots RB Sony Michel 'surprised' by trade to Los Angeles Rams
Sony Michel, who joined the Rams' practice one day after being traded from the Patriots, said the move caught him by surprise.

Vikings’ offensive line to get final preseason test at Kansas City in ‘loud’ environment – Twin Cities
The Vikings’ retooled offensive line will get one more preseason test before the start of the regular season, and Arrowhead Stadium should be a good place for it.

Giants-Patriots joint practice observations, Day 2: Saquon Barkley returns, Daniel Jones bests Mac Jones, O-Line struggles, more -
The New York Giants completed joint practices with the New England Patriots and Daniel Jones outplayed both Mac Jones and Cam Newton after losing to them one day earlier.

Bills QB Josh Allen to start preseason finale - National Football Post
Josh Allen will see his first preseason action of the summer when he starts for the Bills in their final tune-up Saturday against the Green Bay Packers.

Panthers acquire K Ryan Santoso in trade with Giants - National Football Post
The Carolina Panthers acquired kicker Ryan Santoso from the New York Giants on Thursday for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2022.

Love him or loathe him, Colin Kaepernick is the most influential athlete of the 21st century
Out of uniform and thus virtually out of the public eye, Colin Kaepernick took a seat during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers’ first preseason game in 2016. He did it again the next week, and again the moment passed with little notice.

Jadeveon Clowney tempts fate, declares guards are 'not real athletes'
Jadeveon Clowney is on the Cleveland Browns, and that means the team has two No. 1 overall picks on its defensive line.

Facing COVID-19 clusters in vaccinated NFL players, league's relaxed testing protocols are failing
If it were November for the Tennessee Titans, this COVID-19 outbreak would have been an embarrassing catastrophe. But unlike last season, when a swath of infections inside the franchise showered the team with scorn, the cascading blame would have spilled over and splashed others.

FO Radio Hour: Loser League, The Best Team Money Can Buy and more! | Football Outsiders
An all-new stream of the FO Radio Hour hosted by Aaron Schatz with guests Mike Tanier and Bryan Knowles discussing Loser League strategy.

Loser League Season Preview: Sam Darnold and Other Disasters | Football Outsiders
We're back! The Loser League makes it's triumphant return in 2021 with new rules, new prizes, and a new weekly column where we can all kvetch about all of our favorite terrible football players.

NFL roundup: Latest league news from Thursday, Aug. 26
Bills QB Josh Allen will see his first preseason action against the Packers. Also, Ryan Tannehill, along with two other Titans, have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Move The Sticks: How Much Should Young QBs Play in Preseason?
Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks are back with a new episode of Move the Sticks. On this special show, the guys start by looking ahead to Preseason Week 3 and discuss how much teams should play their young quarterbacks this week.

Chargers' bolt is BACK: 'Alpha leader' Derwin James drives culture of accountability in Los Angeles
After missing most of the last two seasons, Derwin James is on a mission to be great and elevate the Los Angeles Chargers. Jim Trotter discusses James' unique impact and how he's driving a culture of accountability.

Scott Zolak thinks Cam Newton is distracted by rap music at practice
Boston radio personality Scott Zolak thinks the New England Patriots need to make a rap music change at practice to help Cam Newton.

The Cowboys’ success in 2021 rests on defensive improvements - Blogging The Boys
While the Dallas offense has been the primary focus in recent years, 2021 will be defined by the defense.