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Hump day, you guys.

How to copy Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl-winning ways -
Bucky Brooks says NFL teams looking to copy the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl-winning ways should pay attention to the relationship between QB Joe Flacco and coordinator Jim Caldwell.

Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Draft Needs
The 2012 NFL season has finally drawn to a close, much to the chagrin of many. However, that means it is NFL Draft season, much to the delight of many! The Seattle Seahawks have had three fascinating and incredible drafts in a row. What will they do this year? Who knows! For now, let’s take a look at their top needs, as the roster stands today.

Senior Bowl work-out tape – Brandon & Sylvester Williams " Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s difficult to get an angle on who helped or hindered their stock at the Senior Bowl without seeing the mid-week work-outs. Thankfully, ‘footballmixtapes’ has put together two videos charting all the televised work of Brandon Williams (DT, Missouri Southern) and Sylvester Williams (DT, North Carolina) plus every snap both players took in the game.

Time for Seahawks to start exploring extensions - Blog -
Brock Huard and Mike Salk discuss the players whose contracts the Seahawks could look to extend this offseason. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton explains that Seattle is a free-agent destination for defensive linemen because "they can get numbers". Clayton weighs in on Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, all the attention he's received and what's next for him. He also anticipates that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be cut Wednesday.

The Rams and new WR Titus Young - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Titus Young caught all nine passes thrown his way for 100 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, during a Detroit victory against Seattle in 2012. Yeah, the St. Louis Rams would take that kind of production against their division rival.

Rewarding Dashon Goldson Is the Right Choice: But What Is His Price? | Bleacher Report
Without question, San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson has emerged into one of the NFL's best safeties over the past two years. In both 2011 and 2012, he was named to the Pro Bowl. This past year also marked the first year where he was named to the league's All-Pro squad.

Shonn Greene unlikely to be in New York Jets' plans -
Shonn Greene has been perfectly serviceable in his time with the New York Jets, but don't expect the running back to return to the team in 2013. GM John Idzik is likely looking for more versatility.

Frostee Rucker released by Cleveland Browns -
A top free-agent signing by Cleveland last year, Rucker started all 16 games and finished with 48 tackles and four sacks in his one season with the Browns. Rucker made $6 million last season and $2 million of his $2.5 million contract for 2013 would have been guaranteed if he was still on the roster Wednesday, according to a report by

New York Giants release linebacker Michael Boley -
Michael Boley was one of the starters on a Giants defense that helped lead New York to a Super Bowl title just a year ago. Now, he's in need of a new team. The Giants cut the veteran LB on Tuesday.

Take heart, Seahawks fans, what hurts the 49ers helps you | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
It won’t show up in the records, but Super Bowl XLVII was a win for the Seattle Seahawks. Unofficially, of course. And mostly just for the fans.

Blueprint for a new Darrelle Revis contract | National Football Post
What will the star cornerback’s next contract look like? The NFP takes you inside the numbers.

NFL Draft Prospects with Character Questions - First Edition | National Football Post
A breakdown of how character questions surround DE Armonty Bryant.

Report: Lions will release Kyle Vanden Bosch | National Football Post
Veteran defensive end had 3 1/2 sacks in 2012

Five NFL offseason storylines to keep an eye on | National Football Post
Revis, Te'o's draft stock, Flacco's contract and more.

Report: Falcons could make some key cuts for cap reasons | National Football Post
Future of player like RB Michael Turner uncertain Blog | Mock drafts have Seahawks focusing on linemen
Now that we’ve moved past that Super exercise which involved only two NFL teams, it’s time to start focusing on the drill that engulfs every team in the league – April’s NFL Draft.

Emerging Talents: Lamar Miller | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Evan Silva termed Miami running back Lamar Miller "the early preseason-buzz MVP." Understandable. He’s a back whose talents reminded me of two of his University of Miami predecessors: Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James. The 2012 rookie is earning a lot of encouraging PR from his organization. With Reggie Bush leaving and third-year back Daniel Thomas not flashing the promise that Miller demonstrated in limited time, there’s good reason for Miller to be coined an emerging talent in 2013.

Cap casualty season: Here are some likely big-name victims - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The offseason has just begun, and that means cap season has just kicked in. Jason La Canfora looks at big-name players who will either accept less money to stay or receive walking papers to go.

Former 49ers rip Randy Moss for lack of effort in Super Bowl -
"Randy Moss -- he alligator-armed it," Romanowski said on the Comcast postgame show. "He didn't go for the ball! He said he was the best receiver in the damn world -- OK, you hear me? Oh God! That's what pisses me off! You're playing in the Super Bowl, guys! The Super Bowl!" Added Clark: "He didn't alligator-arm it. He didn't even reach up for it! He watched it sail over his head. Yes, it was high. Kaepernick was a little nervous. ... But make some kind of movement for the ball."

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 10,000 Seasons Revisited
Once upon a time, the NFL playoffs were fairly predictable. There were upsets, sure. The Super Bowl didn't always pit one No. 1 seed against the other No. 1 seed. However, if you made a list of the top five teams in the league by conventional wisdom, usually one of those teams would end the season with the Lombardi trophy.

Montana would have used a unique approach for receivers who complained | ProFootballTalk
But Montana never had to deal with Rice demanding the ball, and Montana shared what his strategy would have been if he had to deal with a receiver like Moss or Terrell Owens giving the quarterback a hard time for not throwing them the ball more often. Montana said he would have said nothing during the game. Then, he would have come to a press conference with video evidence of dropped passes and bad routes to show when the ball was no longer going the player’s way.

Pre-Hype Targets - Offseason Low Down -
Mike Clay gets you ahead of the game by examining the top candidates for a breakout 2013 season.

NFL Free Agent Master List '13 - Free Agency Update -
Rotoworld's Nick Mensio keeps a running list of the best impending free agents who will be available around the league during the 2013 offseason.

The Tape Never Lies: Flacco’s pre-snap field vision was crucial last night | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
In this season of pistol offenses, spread formations, and mobile quarterbacks, it was hard not to get caught up in the offensive evolution of the NFL. After all, the league doesn’t have many seasons like the one we just witnessed, as most coaches are rather close-minded when it comes to evolving.

Vikings coach says Percy Harvin 'in a good frame of mind' | National Football Post
"We definitely had to talk just in general about a lot of things," Frazier said, according to Tom Pelissero. "We had a good conversation. We talked, and it was good conversation. So, hopefully, everything will work out." Harvin has a base salary of $2.93 million in 2013 but he is expecting a new contract. Given his volatile nature, it’s worth wondering if the Vikings are inclined to invest in him even though it’s a position they need to enhance further.

D.J. Fluker's NFL Draft stock rising as combine nears -
Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker is drawing the interest of a few NFL teams and doesn't figure to make it out of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Post-Super Bowl Mock Draft - Mock Drafts -
25. Seattle Seahawks -- DE Datone Jones, UCLA Okay, this requires some reasoning. Obviously the Seahawks need pass rushing help with Chris Clemons injured. Jones’ frame doesn’t fit the traditional wide rusher but his game does. If asked to disrupt the backfield by attacking a certain depth of the pocket, Jones is very effective due to a combination of explosion and strength off the line. My biggest issue was his hand fighting at the line of scrimmage when asked to read and react. Also, the Seahawks aren’t afraid to a take a risk or chance on prospects that don’t quite seem to fit the traditional mold.

Draft Movers And Shakers: Defense
Tony Pauline from TFYDraftPreview and a draft contributor for has updated his position-by-position rankings prior to the NFL Scouting Combine which will take place later this month. Here is a look at how the college all-star games affected the draft stock of some of the top defensive prospects after already looking at the offensive players ...

5 To Know: Broaddus Breaks Down Handful Of Defensive Linemen
(Editor’s Note: With the draft still about three months away, Bryan Broaddus has already begun his draft research although we’re still early in the game. Each day of the next two weeks, we’ll focus on a position, with Broaddus profiling a handful of top players, going off mainly their college film. Today, we’ll focus on the defensive line.) Here are a few defensive linemen to keep an eye on as we get ready for the 2013 NFL Draft: - Insider on Joeckel: 'It does not get much better'
The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Pre-Combine Notes 2.0
- Most have questioned the speed of Washington State junior receiver Marquess Wilson, who opted to enter the draft. According to sources Wilson timed in the low 4.4’s at Wazzu and hopes for a repeat performance at the combine later this month. Presently the wide out is in Orlando training with Tom Shaw.