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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday



Lots of things to read for you.

John Schneider on KJR: Michael Bennett has torn rotator cuff, but will not have surgery | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“It is true,” Schneider said. “Now, in terms of his market value, I can’t answer that. But I do know that he played every game.” “With a torn rotator cuff?” asked Levy “That’s my understanding,” Schneider said. “And it’s not a situation. Our medical staff felt comfortable with it, especially on a one-year deal. A lot of these guys have gone out – Dwight Freeney and Osi (Umenyiora) – a number of these guys are still on the market.

Report: Three teams showing interest in Seahawks QB Matt Flynn | ProFootballTalk
The market for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn could finally be heating up after remaining lukewarm so far this offseason.

Jaguars, Bills, Raiders in mix for Seahawks backup QB Matt Flynn -
Several NFL sources have identified Jacksonville as the most likely destination for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn, and the Jaguars are among the teams to talk to the Seahawks about a deal. Buffalo and Oakland are also in the mix, and though things have progressed slowly, sources said a trade could materialize before the draft.

Matt Flynn trade rumors: Jaguars 'most likely' destination - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be the most likely destination for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn if he's traded in the 2013 offseason, according to a report by Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports. LaCanfora reports the Jaguars have been looking for alternatives at the quarterback position, with just Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne currently on the roster.

Jordan Reed « Seahawks Draft Blog
I think it’s pretty likely that Seattle will draft offensive line and defensive line with their first two selections. However, I think there are certain events that might usurp those needs. The best bet of the bunch to upset this procession is tight end. The 2013 draft boasts one of the better and deeper tight end groups in recent memory, and that means that it’s likely to be a position of great value in the first four rounds.

Russell Wilson leading Seattle Seahawks workouts -
"Russ has kind of taken this whole thing into his own hands," tight end Sean McGrath told "He's taking us all to L.A. So it's going to be a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better and kind of be on the same page as far as just a feel. This is so typical of Russ. We're grown accustomed to him doing things like this, just because that’s the type of person he is. It will be a great team-building opportunity."

Russell Wilson hosting passing camp for Seahawks receivers | ProFootballTalk
When the Seahawks acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin in a trade earlier this month, quarterback Russell Wilson spoke to him to schedule some offseason workouts. Top 5 Interior Linemen in 2013 NFL Draft
Offensive tackles who protect the quarterback’s blind side and work to defeat edge defenders not only receive most of the attention when it comes to offensive linemen, their value is higher than that of most centers and guards when it comes to salaries and contractual agreements. Make no mistake about it – this group of men must achieve continuity. Playing well together is the common goal, along with protecting the quarterback in passing situations up the middle, but these anchors up front also must dominate the inside running game.

Top-100 Big Board - Rankings -
With the pro day circuit in full swing, Josh Norris reveals his top-100 Big Board, featuring LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo at No. 13.

A Metrics Breakdown of Top Pass Rushers: Tier 1 | The Sideline View
The post I wrote on Second Round Stats (read the original post for refrence) analyzing each top pass rushers’ sacks was met with a chorus of people telling me that sacks are limited in nature and thus not telling of much.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Historical Draft Efficiency: An Introduction
I'm going to come right out and say up front that, as an avid member of the NFL stats community, you're likely to find the content in this column very familiar. Quite literally, people have been attempting to measure value and efficiency in the NFL draft for decades. For instance, Tony Villiotti of published a study back in 1989, updated it in 2010, and now writes about it on both his site and National Football Post.

Vince Young participates in Texas Pro Day -
"That's my craft. ... That's all I do in the offseason. Mechanics. When it's time for me to get ready for the season, I'm so focused on the plays, the preparation, you don't want to be thinking about footwork when you get with the team," Young said.

Seahawks, USA Football host annual forum for youth football commissioners
The Seattle Seahawks and USA Football are leading the charge in Washington to create a better, smarter and safer way to play the game for participants at every level.

Cliff Avril talks about leaving Lions for Seahawks - Pride Of Detroit
Defensive end Cliff Avril didn't feel a lot of love from the Detroit Lions when free agency opened and he signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

Labor agreement gets 'credit' for QB camps - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West quarterbacks have a relatively strong recent tradition of offseason leadership. The St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford and the San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith organized their teammates for workouts during the 2011 NFL lockout. The 49ers' Colin Kaepernick invited receivers to workout sessions one week after the Super Bowl this offseason.

John Schneider downplays significance of Michael Bennett’s rotator cuff injury | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the team is not concerned about the shoulder injury of Michael Bennett during an interview with Mitch Levy on KJR Sports Radio (950 AM, 102.9 FM) on Tuesday morning.

From Prison to the NFL
Brian Banks, a former USC football recruit, is on a mission to return to football. While in high school, over ten years ago, Banks was unjustly accused of raping and kidnapping a fellow woman classmate. Although he was not guility, he was advised to plead “no contest” and go to jail for a period between 18 months and five years, instead of a possible 41 if he ultimately went to trial.

NFL's five strongest rosters -
Which NFL teams boast the strongest depth charts after the first wave of free agency? Chris Wesseling analyzes the top five rosters, starting with the Seattle Seahawks.

Cam Newton, Daryl Washington headline All-Underrated Team -
Some players just don't receive the attention they deserve. Elliot Harrison forms a team of the most slept-on studs in the NFL today, including Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton.

Kenny Vaccaro, draft’s top-rated safety, limited at Texas’ pro day -
Alex Okafor, DE (6-4 3/4, 262) — Okafor — who did not run at the combine — ran the 40 in 4.88 and 4.89 seconds. He had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-4 broad jump. He also had a 4.40-second short shuttle time. Okafor is the fifth-rated 4-3 defensive end in Mayock’s positional rankings.

John Simon of Ohio State finally gets chance to work out -
Shoulder surgery prevented Ohio State’s John Simon from participating in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine and at the school’s pro day, so the defensive end held an individual workout on Monday.

Vince Young dishes some details after Texas Pro Day -
Vince Young wants back in the NFL, and he's hoping a scout or two will be interested after he participated in Texas Pro Day on Tuesday. Around The League spoke with Young after his session.

Matt Flynn reportedly a trade target of three teams -
The Seattle Seahawks are open to holding on to Matt Flynn as Russell Wilson's backup, but Flynn hardly is off limits. The Jaguars, Bills and Raiders reportedly are in the mix for the quarterback.

NCAA Football ’14 cover man Denard Robinson is ready for the NFL switch | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
In four years as Michigan's quarterback, Denard Robinson created enough video game-style plays to apparently make such concepts a reality. Robinson, who was streaky as a passer but set an FBS record with 4,495 career rushing yards for a quarterback, won the vote to make the cover of EA Sports' NCAA Football '14 video game, just in time for his NFL transition.

Pro Day Preview for March 27th - 29th | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers his insight into the Pro Days taking place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Video: Mock Draft Changes - Video Breakdown -
After some major changes to his mock draft, Josh Norris joins Kay Adams to discuss which prospects moved up and others who moved down.

Power Rankings: Move over, Ravens, it's Broncos time now - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Now that free agency is winding down, and teams are readying for the draft, it's time for another batch of Power Rankings. Unlike like the last set, this set is done with more of a look ahead to 2013, rather than having the influence of 2012.

Pro Days: NFL decision-makers flock to Chapel Hill for UNC workout - CBSSports
Potential first-round picks Jonathan Cooper and Sylvester Williams were the main draws but running back Giovani Bernard, offensive tackle Brennan Williams and little-known wideout Jheranie Boyd also turned heads.

No-Huddle Series: Boise State RB D.J. Harper | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Once upon a time, D.J. Harper was the lead back in the Boise State offense over Doug Martin. Two ACL injuries later and now finishing his sixth year of eligibility, Harper is entering the NFL Draft. I remember seeing Harper before the injury and there was no doubt he could fly.

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Auburn Defensive End Corey Lemonier | Bleacher Report
The Auburn football program has fallen on hard times just two years removed from a national championship season led by the first overall pick of the following NFL Draft...

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Offense | Audibles -
Less than a month remains until the 2013 NFL Draft begins in New York City and Pro Days are wrapping up. Which prospects have weathered the scouting storm to rise above their fellow draft classmates?

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Former LSU Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu | Bleacher Report
"Honey Badger" don't care about much, but the player that goes by that iconic nickname was forced to care about his substance-abuse problems off of the field that eventually caused him to be dismissed from LSU...