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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday



Thank god it's TGIF.

Richard Sherman: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict | Pre Snap Reads
Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman receives a lot of attention for his personality traits. When your first reaction to beating the New England Patriots is to call out Tom Brady, both on the field and on twitter, when your ego is large enough for you to clap opponents who make receptions against you in as patronizing a way as that sounds and when you look to call out a player unprovoked because he holds the reputation that you desire, Darrelle Revis, you tend to draw some of the media’s attention.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Contracts for 2013 | Sports Talk Florida | When you gotta know, join The Team.
Spence has a 2013 and a 2014 preseason split, meaning if he gets hurt during the preseason in those first two years, his salary will be divided in half, which is $242,212 (what’s called the ’down-under amount’) and divided over 17 weeks.

Sam Bradford's Imaginary Make-or-Break Year - Turf Show Times
The "make-or-break" season isn't real; it's merely a talking point.

Third Day Gems: RB Stacy - Evaluations -
In this second installment of discussing potential third day gems, Josh Norris checks out Rams 5th round RB Zac Stacy.

Victor Marshall welcomes change of position for his hometown ‘Hawks
Juanita High School alum Victor Marshall was one of two tryout players signed by the Seahawks after last weekend’s rookie minicamp, and he’ll start his NFL career at an entirely new position.

Mailbag: Sam Bradford and Eli Manning - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Via the NFC West mailbag, Ryan from Montreal sees parallels between Eli Manning and Sam Bradford through their first three seasons.

Beyond Richard Sherman's grandstanding - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's outstanding play warrants the kind of in-depth study Cian Fahey conducted analyzing Sherman's every snap from 2012.

Will There Ever Be Room for A.J. Jenkins in San Francisco? | Bleacher Report
When Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke took over in San Francisco, the organization was in desperate need of big-play ability at the wide receiver position...

5 Cardinals Players Primed for a Break Out Season in 2013 | Bleacher Report
There is a new coach and new excitement in Arizona. But will any of the Cardinal players respond and have a breakout season in 2013? After six years in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals decided it was time to move on from head coach Ken Whisenhunt...

NFC minicamp storylines -
Gregg Rosenthal goes from team to team in the NFC, breaking down the biggest storylines to watch over the next month. Who will emerge among the Green Bay Packers' running backs?

NFL's biggest arm? Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford in the mix -
Which quarterback possesses the strongest arm in the NFL today? Our analysts debate the topic, raising a number of notable names, including Detroit Lions signal-caller Matthew Stafford.

The comeback kids | National Football Post
Ten players we expect to bounce back big during the 2013 fantasy season.

Eagles could line DeSean Jackson up in backfield some | National Football Post
Will be interesting to watch Chip Kelly's offense unfold

Ryan Tannehill could emerge as the next great quarterback star -
It won't be easy, but Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a solid candidate to become the next outstanding pass thrower in the NFL.

Panthers WR Steve Smith on Mark Sanchez: He sucks -
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith went on a radio show in Charlotte on Wednesday and offered this assessment of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, "He sucks."

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: NFC East
The Cowboys went into the draft with clear weaknesses along the offensive line and in the secondary, and they addressed each of those needs in the first three rounds of the draft. Normally that’s enough to get a team a passing grade from draftniks and beat writers, but Dallas’ draft-day effort was universally panned both for the players they selected and the ones they passed on. The catcalls began with the selection of Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, who was considered a third-round talent at best right up until he picked up the phone and heard Jerry Jones’ voice. After watching enough tape of Phil Costa getting driven into the backfield, you can sympathize with Jones for wanting a stouter anchor in the middle of the line, and Wisconsin linemen have been a pretty safe bet since Barry Alvarez was roaming the sidelines, so it’s certainly possible the pick looks better come September.

112-Day NFL Warning: It's Time to Rethink Some of These Uniforms - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are set to spend the next three and a half months providing a daily reason to get excited about pro football's return.

Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin give Packers hope for revived run game | Audibles -
It really was not all that long ago that the Green Bay Packers had an imposing threat at running back. In both 2008 and 2009, Ryan Grant topped 1,200 yards on the ground, while averaging 6.4 and 7.9 yards per catch out of the backfield, respectively.

Cam Newton poised for breakout year - NFC South Blog - ESPN
We haven’t heard much about Cam Newton lately. Since early last season, it seems Newton has been overshadowed by a bunch of young quarterbacks.

NFL - Biggest remaining issue for the Seahawks, Rams, 49ers and Cardinals - ESPN
Football Outsiders examines the most pressing remaining issue after the 2013 draft for every NFC West team.

The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles, Chapter 2: Playing through the streets of Toronto -
It is August, and Tim Tebow has signed with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. The stadium walls have opened beyond the end zone, and now the Argos must continue their drive northeast, running and passing through the streets of a strange metropolis.