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Stuff that you can read that I didn't write.

Seahawks rookies could make impact on first-team roster | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
After three days of watching draft picks play touch football in their skivvies, the question arose: Which of the rookies the Seattle Seahawks drafted will be the one to have the most immediate impact?

Coach Pete Carroll wastes no time planning roles for rookie draft picks | Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll used a three-day rookie minicamp to scheme for ways to use his newest players when the full roster reports for organized team activities May 20.

The Film Room: New Houston Texans Safety D.J. Swearinger - Battle Red Blog
The Film Room returns, now with GIFs! BRB takes a look at one of the most ferocious rookie safeties in 2013, D.J. Swearinger.

Seeing is believing
Monday metatarsal musings: This year’s rookie minicamp might have lacked the flash of the 2012 edition, but the Seahawks still drafted some players who showed they can fill specific roles on an already good team.

Aaron Curry: Closer look at Giants' reclamation project - Big Blue View
The Giants recently signed the 2009 forth overall pick, and this might be his last shot at doing something with a thus far unsuccessful NFL career.

DeQuan Menzie, Chiefs 2012 draft pick, tweets he has been released - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently released defensive back and 2012 fifth round pick DeQuan Menzie, according to his Twitter account.

5-13-13 Andrew Brandt
Ross Tucker is a 2001 Princeton graduate who played seven years in the National Football League for five different teams before retiring in 2008. He is the morning host for SiriusXM NFL Radio and a frequent analyst for "Pro Football Talk" on the NBC Sports Network. He has called NFL games for Sports USA since 2008.

Starter Robinson, rookie Ware battling for one spot? - Blog -
Michael Robinson has been an adept lead blocker, a special teams captain and a vocal presence for the Seahawks, but his future in Seattle became less certain when the team drafted an alternative in Spencer Ware. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Further thoughts on Seattle’s 2013 draft « Seahawks Draft Blog
I was going to write a post for the Seahawks draft in a similar style to the other NFC West draft writeups, but I didn’t get far in before I started to realize that it read like a re-run. So instead, I’m just going to throw up a few quick additional thoughts that I didn’t express in my immediate post draft reaction.

Starter Robinson, rookie Ware battling for one spot? - Blog -
Michael Robinson has been an adept lead blocker, a special teams captain and a vocal presence for the Seahawks, but his future in Seattle became less certain when the team drafted an alternative in Spencer Ware.

Six Seahawks on lists of top 100 players in the NFL | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
This may be a slow time of the NFL season, but it’s far from listless. Instead, it’s the time of year when there are lists galore, of best this and top that, as NFL writers try to fill the void. One list of the Top 100 Players in the NFL comes today from’s Pete Prisco. Six Seahawks made the list — you can read what they said about the players below:

2013 NFC West offseason glance: 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the San Francisco 49ers' offseason to this point ...

A run through the 2013 preseason schedule - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL released dates and times for 2013 exhibition games, pushing back the final entry in our series examining NFC West offseasons. A few thoughts:

2013 NFC West offseason glance: Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
A look at the Seattle Seahawks' offseason to this point ...

Exposure no problem for San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick has gone from backup quarterback to Super Bowl starter, First Lady visitor and Jaguar endorser in a matter of months.

6 Rams Players Primed for a Break Out Season in 2013 | Bleacher Report
When Jeff Fisher and Les Snead took over in St. Louis, expectations immediately shot through the roof. The hiring of two well respected names throughout league circles brought about immense hope to an organization that desperately needed it...

Opportunity calls, and Benson Mayowa answers
Benson Mayowa was preparing to return to the University of Idaho on Sunday afternoon, but the Seahawks had other plans for the pass-rushing defensive end after his tryout at the team’s rookie minicamp.

Worst position groups in NFL: Defense -
Can coach Chuck Pagano turn around the Indianapolis Colts' defensive line? Can the Oakland Raiders find a linebacker? Gregg Rosenthal looks at the worst position groups in the NFL.

Can Chip Kelly bring high octane to Eagles' offense? -
All eyes are on Chip Kelly as he brings his high-scoring college attack to the pros.'s Albert Breer spent some time at Philadelphia Eagles camp, and here's what he took away from it.

Chiefs hire Pistol formation Godfather Chris Ault as offensive consultant | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: The Pistol formation -- that backfield concept which has the quarterback lined up about four yards behind center and the halfback another three yards behind him -- took the NFL by storm in 2012. Between Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, … Continue reading →

The ultimate NFL road trip: Part I | National Football Post
Hitting the road to watch your team play in 2013? Then it’s time to start planning your weekend.

NFL Top 100: On a list loaded with quarterbacks, Rodgers is clear No. 1 - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Bring on the angry comments. Pete Prisco's Top 100 list is here, and on a list flush with QBs, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is the easy No. 1, with Peyton and Brady not far behind.

Ranking the best front offices among the NFL's top tier of teams - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
5. Seattle Seahawks Try to knock what the tandem of John Schneider and Pete Carroll have accomplished since literally turning over the entire roster there and building it into a winner in a few short years. They have crushed on trades for guys like Marshawn Lynch and Chris Clemons and Leon Washington, and I believe, the Percy Harvin trade will be looked at as one that started their Super Bowl run. Schneider has the perfect temperament, learned from Thompson, to allow Carroll to be the man and get the spotlight, but trust me, this personnel department has been more key to the rise of the Seahawks than anything else.

The NFL's best players under the age of 23: Start with CB Peterson - CBSSports
Arizona's Patrick Peterson is the NFL's best player under the age of 23. Who else is on the list of the NFL's best under-23 players?

Tempo in the NFL
It’s no secret that Bill Belichick’s Patriots ran an up-tempo offense last year: Tom Brady and crew ran 1,191 offensive plays in 2012, just eight shy of tying the record set by the Drew Bledsoe Patriots in 1994. With versatile players like Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, and Danny Woodhead, New England was capable of running out of multiple formations without changing personnel and uses that flexibility to prevent defenses from substituting players based on down and distance. As a result, New England ran 31 more plays than any other team and 101 more plays than any other team that had a positive Game Scripts average. We would expect some teams with negative Game Scripts — especially when they have Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck — to run a lot of plays late in games as they play catch up, which makes the Patriots’ offensive play numbers even more impressive.

Post-Draft Dynasty Ranks: TE - Dynasty Rankings -
Mike Clay wraps up his post-draft dynasty ranking update with the tight end position.

The Tape Never Lies: If he’s used correctly, Martellus Bennett will be a great asset for Marc Trestman | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
I knew Martellus Bennett before he was a black unicorn. He was first a professional Cowboy, struggling to live up to expectations in his first four years for a variety of reasons, some of which included poor training and misuse. He then swapped outfits to become a Giant, where he finally produced and parlayed a big year — 626 yards, five touchdowns, and wonderful run blocking — into a $20 million contract with the Chicago Bears.

Ray Rice could have integral role in Ravens’ offensive shift | Audibles -
“Now that guys know that I’m a threat out of the backfield, I got to use my hands a little more,” Rice told The Baltimore Sun over the weekend. “I get pushed a lot coming out of the backfield, and that’s a sign of respect, but if I can get my hands and get out on pass routes [I'll] continue to get open for Joe Flacco.”

Advanced NFL Stats: Exploring the Causes of a Sack Pt. 1
A guest post by David Giller. Born and raised in Swampscott, MA, David attended Vanderbilt University where he was the starting longsnapper for the Commodores. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics/corporate finance. David currently works as a business analyst for a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company.