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Andy Lyons


Inside the Clemson Offense: The Hook and Lateral - Shakin The Southland
As with all "non-standard" plays, the playcaller will want to be careful regarding the timing of this play call. Clemson used it at a critical juncture in the Peach Bowl last season. Today we'll...

Let’s see more of erudite Sherman, less of cranky impostor | John McGrath - The News Tribune
Richard Sherman, I’ve got some advice regarding an urgent matter: Contact the police. You are the victim of identity theft. Somebody with an uncanny resemblance to you appeared Thursday morning on the ESPN show “First Take.” This impostor, whoever he is, performed a spot-on impersonation of you, Sherm. He looked like you, sounded like you and was intimately familiar with your achievements on and off the field.

Pat White attempting NFL comeback in midst of read option craze - NFL - Andy Staples -
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- As the throwing session wore on, the criticism grew sharper. Not from the coach. From the player himself.

Don't bank on any big free agent moves by Jaguars |
Defensive tackle: There has been zero chatter about Terrance Knighton returning to the Jaguars, and that creates a wide void in the middle of a defense that couldn’t stop the run last year. One possibility, if the price is right, would be Seattle’s Alan Branch, who played for Bradley and defensive line coach Todd Wash with the Seahawks.

John Abraham scheduled to visit with 49ers
Free agent defensive end John Abraham is meeting with the Seattle Seahawks and is currently scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers, a person informed of Abraham's itinerary told USA TODAY Sports.

Rumor casts spotlight on Justin Hunter « Seahawks Draft Blog
We know that Seattle will consider pass rush early in this draft, but it’s also likely that they will consider receiver somewhere during the early rounds, as they did for a backup running back in 2012. Other greater, more pressing needs pushed running back to round four, but what if Seattle “loves” a receiver option enough to take him at #25? I don’t consider it especially likely, but it is an option we must be mindful of, especially if the top pass rushers are all gone in the top 24 picks, which is unfortunately a real possibility.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
How will the Seahawks' thinking with Matt Flynn change now that the Dolphins have re-signed their backup quarterback, Matt Moore? What type of role would pass rusher John Abraham fill with the Seahawks? What should we make of the Seahawks' reported interest in defensive back Charles Woodson?

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Pre-Free Agency May Be Seahawks Focus
It is common for people to perceive the NFL off-season as a series of separate events. Players are cut for salary cap purposes in February and March (and again in June). Free Agency happens in March, and really lasts into June and July. The draft happens in April. They are not, however, distinct. Each part of the off-season feeds into the other and can drastically alter the course of a team's direction. The old Price is Right game, Plinko, comes to mind. A front office starts the off-season with a series of needs, but the path to get them addressed can change with each decision. The Seahawks are already making some moves that could have a significant impact on how they approach free agency and the draft.

Cosell: EJ Manuel offers both 'concerns, positives' -
Mike Mayock isn't the only one intrigued by EJ Manuel. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell has watched the game tape and believes the Florida State passer gives a team 'a lot to work with.'

Matt Hasselbeck hopes to remain a Tennessee Titan -
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wants to stay with the Tennessee Titans, but the 37-year-old understands he'll have to give up some money if he wants to avoid being cut.

Victor Cruz will draw interest as RFA; Carson Palmer eyes market -
Restricted free agency typically is a snooze, with teams reluctant to give up draft picks to sign veterans. Victor Cruz could change things, writes Ian Rapoport, as he rounds up sleeper free-agent buzz.

A&M’s Christine Michael explains oversleeping at combine -
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Arizona QB Matt Scott solidifies serious NFL interest after marathon Pro Day performance | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
In a draft class where most of the quarterbacks are too close to the middle for the comfort of NFL teams, there's always a chance that a relatively low-ranked guy could start climbing up the charts. That seems to be happening with Arizona's Matt Scott, a mid-round prospect in most eyes. Scott, who played in multiple systems in college and had to wait for his shot behind Nick Foles, gained a lot of traction after a Thursday throwing session that was closed to the media, but had the NFL standing at attention.

NFP Pro Day Breakdown - Version 2.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande breaks down how some big name prospects worked out on Thursday.

Legalized tampering begins at midnight | National Football Post
New rule permits agents of UFAs to start negotiating with other teams three days before the market opens.

NFP Friday Buzz: Percy Harvin on the move? | National Football Post
Intel, Obeservations and Whispers from The NFP Insider Network

Jets dug selves into Revis hole, now only way out is through trade - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The Jets must trade Darrelle Revis, a conclusion that was avoidable but Jason La Canfora says is now regrettable but inevitable.

Let's play matchmaker: Finding the ideal free agent for each NFL team - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Could your team use a speedy receiver like Mike Wallace? Or perhaps a pass rusher like Paul Kruger? Pete Prisco plays matchmaker for this year's free-agent market.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 Adjusted Games Lost
Apparently, I've picked up whatever bug it was that made Aaron have to communicate via grunts (translated by Rivers) and scribbles for 90 percent of the MIT Sloan conference, so apologies in advance for this being shorter than you might expect. Promise I'll make it up to everyone in the second post, which will be arriving in this internet space next Tuesday.

Chargers get out of the Atari Bigby business | ProFootballTalk
Add another veteran defensive back to the discard pile.

What Went Wrong: Stafford - What Went Wrong -
Patrick Daugherty assesses Matthew Stafford's puzzling 2012, and looks forward to 2013.

NFL Top 50 Free Agents include Cliff Avril, Paul Kruger, Aqib Talib, Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings - NFL - Peter King -
The deadline has passed for teams to assign franchise tags to the impending free agents they want to keep. Those who weren't tagged and don't re-sign with their teams before 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12 will officially enter the free agent market.

2013 Free-Agent Book: Danny Amendola - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Reminder: These pieces are written from the perspective of an agent trying to hype up his client as he's about to hit free agency. My goal in writing these isn't to be accurate (or to lie), but instead to employ whatever arguments I can to make the player in question look as valuable as possible. For more background, see Wednesday's piece on Reggie Bush and last year's introductory piece to the series on Mike Wallace. Today's free-agent target: Danny Amendola.

2013 Free-Agent Book: Jake Long - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Reminder: These pieces are designed to be from the perspective of an agent trying to hype up his client as the latter is about to hit free agency. My goal in writing these isn't to be accurate (or lie), but instead to employ whatever arguments I can to make the player in question look as valuable as possible. For more background, see this week's pieces on Reggie Bush and Danny Amendola and last year's introductory piece to the series on Mike Wallace. Today's free-agent target: Jake Long.

NFL -- Mike Wallace is the gem of this FA class - ESPN
The NFL now has a its own version of Midnight Madness. To help teams better determine the value of free agents, the NFL created a new negotiating period in which agents for potential free agents can talk with other teams. It starts at midnight Friday and concludes at 4 p.m. Tuesday, which is the official start of free agency.

NFL - Terrelle Pryor has far to go - ESPN
The great thing about the 2012 NFL season is that it revealed how young, multidimensional quarterbacks can thrive in today's game. The scary thing is what that means for Oakland Raiders third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

NFL - Jaws - Top offseason trade, draft and free-agent QB options - ESPN
Newly minted Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians isn't used to the problem he's about to face in the desert. Over the course of his recent career, he's had the luxury of working with the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and then had incredible -- forgive me -- luck with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. By those standards, the Cardinals' QB situation will come as something of a change.

Knile Davis Comparables | RotoViz
As a follow on to my post about Eddie Lacy in which I offered that I tend not to pay attention to Speed Scores for running backs because usage is so much more important, I thought I would post on Knile Davis, who has a ridiculous Speed Score.

2013 BSN Collegiate Showcase: Preview of the Weekend’s Top Prospects
2. Kaderius Lacey, RB, Alabama A&M -A physically imposing back with natural size and physicality, Lacey’s best quality as a running back is actually his body control and lateral adjustments as a runner. For a runner of his size, he’s able to shake tacklers and pick up big chunks of yards on the inside. If he can run under a 4.62, it’ll be extremely impressive for a runner with his size/power.

2013 Draft: Pending Palmer contract, are Raiders in on top QBs? - CBSSports
Unproven Pryor no ideal fit for new offensive system

Ryan Nassib lacks elite qualities to be considered franchise QB -
NFL scouts seem to be split on Ryan Nassib. Some view him as a franchise-caliber player. Others see a career backup. Bucky Brooks shares his report after traveling to Syracuse to assess the QB.

Jamar Taylor Scouting Report | - 2013 NFL Draft
Overall: Jamar Taylor is a physical, instinctive and athletic cornerback who is built to excel in a man-to-man coverage scheme. He struggles in off man and zone coverage because he gives up too much cushion, but he is an aggressive cornerback who excels in press coverage because he is great at getting his hands on opposing receivers.

Mark Harrison Post-Combine Interview | - 2013 NFL Draft
Rutgers WR Mark Harrison is coming off a combine performance so rare, that it can only be compared to that of Calvin Johnson. The big, physical Rutgers receiver has NFL General Managers buzzing about his ability to run in the 4.4s and jump out of the building at 231 pounds. Mark has drawn comparisons to James Jones and is rising up draft boards quickly.

2013 NFL Draft Mythbusters
The NFL Scouting Combine is over, college pro days are in progress and free agency is about to begin, which means misinformation and speculation is in season right now within the football loving community. Anyone interested in the goings on will be spoon-fed opinions as if they were facts, and those ideas can quickly become the prevailing “truths” of the year. Let’s take a look at five of the myths being pushed on fans and observers of the NFL that are becoming more and more prevalent as the offseason progresses…