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Gus Bradley, Dion Jordan and Building the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Defensive Line | Pre Snap Reads
Once it became clear that the Kansas City Chiefs would take an offensive tackle with the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, most mock drafters and fans expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to take Dion Jordan. Because of Gus Bradley’s past success with the Seattle Seahawks and the importance of the Leo position in his defensive scheme, the defensive end from Oregon seemed like a perfect fit.

Number crunching a growing craze in the NFL
Maybe Kevin Demoff doesn't have much of a choice. Seven years since earning his MBA, the St. Louis Rams chief operating officer runs a franchise that hasn't had a winning season in a decade and has 60-to-1

The Forgotten Player: Lance Kendricks And His Role With The Rams - Turf Show Times
It's hard being the ugly duckling. But one Rams player is sadly that now that the team has brought in Jared Cook.

Bears, Seahawks CBs set standard for Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne - ESPN Dallas
“They’re aggressive. They’re physical. They’re always attacking the ball,” Carr said. “They’re showing press with Seattle. With Chicago, they’re playing the hard Cover 2 scheme, but they’re up there dictating the flow of the receivers. That’s what we want to do. We want to dictate the flow and not let them attack us. We’re going to attack them.”

Bruce Irvin of Seattle Seahawks suspended four games - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

This needs to stop NOW « Seahawks Draft Blog
Bruce Irvin. Brandon Browner. Winston Guy. John Moffitt. Allen Barbre. That’s the list of Seahawks players suspended in the last couple of years for taking performance enhancing drugs. Richard Sherman was also charged, but won an appeal against his suspension. Seattle needs to get a grip on this — and fast.

Bruce Irvin suspended four games for PED violation -
Bruce Irvin has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season, the Seattle Seahawks said Friday, after the linebacker violated the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

Newton to upstage Kaepernick, Wilson? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have dominated NFL headlines as young quarterbacks on the rise. NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas expects Cam Newton to upstage them all in 2013.

Which team 'leads' in rookie starts since '10 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kent Somers' piece about NFL rookies combining to start more games than in the past caught my attention Friday. I wanted to know how many games NFC W

Irvin's suspension is a reality check for the Seahawks - Blog -
Training camp is more than two months away, but the Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season.

Rating O-linemen: Thomas, Pouncey tops in production, durability - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
When I was in the NFL, I spent May and June re-stacking my pro personnel board by position to make sure we always had the most up to date grades on players.

The pressure index | National Football Post
While the expectations vary for each, these 12 teams have the most to lose in 2013.

Pressing questions for all 32 NFL teams heading into the summer - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Who starts at QB for the Bills, Jets, Raiders and Eagles? Who fills the leadership void in Baltimore? Pete Prisco asks a pressing question for each team heading into the summer.

Lockette: 49ers Jenkins will 'surprise a lot of people' -
49ers WR A.J. Jenkins suffered a disastrous rookie campaign that saw him appear in only three games and without registering a statistic. But one teammate thinks year two will be different.

NFLPA Rookie Premiere: 7 things we learned -
Life is just about perfect for NFL rookies right now. Optimism is overflowing; smiles and good cheer are seemingly ever-present. Dan Hanzus saw for himself while attending a rookie event in L.A.

Examining Previous Eddie Lacy/Johnathan Franklin pairs
Green Bay didn’t use a first round pick on a running back, but the Packers did spend a second round pick on Alabama’s Eddie Lacy and a fourth round pick on UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin. How much weight should we put on draft status when one team drafts two running backs just a couple of rounds apart? One school of thought is that the Packers liked both players and are maximizing their odds of finding a star; another is that Green Bay prefers Lacy and wants him to win the job, since he was their first choice. Here’s another thing to consider, courtesy of my good buddy Sigmund Bloom: the Packers traded down to grab Lacy and traded up to draft Franklin, indicating that perhaps the Packers were higher on Franklin than you might think.

ATL writers weigh in on NFL quarterback debate -
Around The League's Marc Sessler unveiled Friday his list of the top QBs in the NFL. The ATL guys weigh in on what Sessler got right and wrong, including Ben Roethlisberger's ranking.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker
Welcome to part three of the Word of Muth post-draft breakdown. This was going to be the final part, but I figured I should come back next week and at least finish off the first-round guys. I’ve always been somewhat of a completionist, as evidenced by the fact that I’ve stuck with The Office for the past 18 months. This week, we’re looking at two guys that I think have some pretty glaring flaws despite how early they went. Really, these two guys going where they did illustrate just how thin this draft was at the top.