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Thearon W. Henderson

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The NFL's great Super Bowl swindle -
Does your city want to host the big game? Pay up.

Wherefore Art Thou Fullback?
When you think of the fullback in today’s game, you probably think of a player like Vonta Leach, widely regarded as the best blocking back in the NFL. There are also the H-Back/receiving fullback types, like Marcel Reece or James Casey, and the rushing fullbacks like Le’Ron McClain, Jacob Hester, and Mike Tolbert. And it’s the fullbacks who double as goal line threats like John Kuhn and Jed Collins who get the most attention from fantasy players. But the fullback position was not always so specialized.

Brandon Flowers: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict | Pre Snap Reads
After analysing the abilities of Darrelle Revis, Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman, the natural next step would be to find the next superstar cornerback to continue the revealing. The Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden, Houston Texans’ Jonathan Joseph or Chicago Bears’ Charles Tillman would all be obvious options. Be it good or bad, sometimes it’s both, much of my analysis can be considered unnatural. For that reason, instead of moving onto a big-name cornerback, I decided to take a cornerback with a good reputation who played for the worst team in the league last year.

Another PED ban doesn't mean Seahawks are cheaters - Blog -
Editor's note: This column was written on the wrong side of 2 a.m. by a host who is currently on a beach in Southeast Asia suffering from severe jet lag and under the influence of copious amounts of fruit juice, everything from mango to young coconut.

Marshawn Lynch DUI case continued to July 5 | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a court date this morning for a motion to suppress evidence in Alameda County District Court, stemming from charges filed against him for driving under the influence of alcohol in July of last year. According to Teresa Drenick, assistant district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, the motion to suppress was continued to July 5.

Spencer Ware not backing down from obvious challenge
"It helps," Ware said of the increase reps, which Tuesday came in the indoor practice facility at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "It gets me in a comfortable position as far as lining up in the fullback or the tailback position. I’m picking it up pretty fast, being able to do some things to disguise what I’m doing for the defense but still know my assignment and the protection and getting out." What Ware has displayed to this point is soft hands as a receiver, quick feet as a runner and the willingness to do whatever is asked – blocking as a fullback; running as a tailback; catching the ball as either; and running down the field to cover kicks on special teams. "I’m a team player and I’m trying to contribute any way I can," he said. "Something I take pride in is knowing the offense and knowing everybody’s key roles and what is called for in certain situations. So it kind of naturally just comes to me knowing both positions."

Rokevious Watkins suspended one game | ProFootballTalk
Rokevious Watkins was limited to just one game in his rookie season because of an ankle injury and he won't be playing all 16 games in his second season either. The NFL announced that Watkins has been suspended for the first game of the 2013 season.

No question: Russell Wilson's in charge now | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Former third-round pick looking to build on his 2012 rookie performance

Strong reviews for Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin - Blog -
Brock Huard shares what he saw from Seahawks wide receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin during the team's first OTA practice. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

49ers' options as Michael Crabtree has surgery - ESPN
The season-altering and potentially season-ending injury Michael Crabtree suffered Tuesday leaves the San Francisco 49ers with question marks at wide receiver.

Michael Crabtree's injury and the NFC West race - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have, by some accounts, carried their NFC West rivalry into the offseason. When one team would make a high-profile move, the other would seem to have a move of its own ready.

Closer look: Offensive starter projections - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Much thanks to @groomoo for delicately suggesting we take a more detailed look at the recently published average ages for projected NFL starters.

Safe to say coaches not aggressive enough - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The "Ground Chuck" nickname for Chuck Knox fit the former NFL coach's old-school reputation even if it sometimes misrepresented his approach to offensive football.

Ron Jaworski: Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense won’t work in the NFL | ProFootballTalk
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly has said he can adjust his style and run a different system in the NFL than he ran at Oregon. Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski says he’ll have to.

Roots of NFL coaching trees run deep - ESPN
Welcome to ESPN's "Greatest Coaches in NFL History" series. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Vince Lombardi's birth, we salute the finest innovators, motivators, tacticians, teachers and champions ever to stalk the sidelines. Follow along as we reveal our list of the top 20 coaches of all time and document the lineage of the league's most influential coaching trees.

Where Do the 49ers Stand After Michael Crabtree's Achilles Injury? | Bleacher Report
After three sub-par seasons in San Francisco to start his career, the light bulb finally went off for wide receiver Michael Crabtree in 2012...

How Much Influence Does an Offensive Line Have on Quarterback Success? | Bleacher Report
Success at the quarterback position in the NFL is not only predicated on the individual success of a signal-caller, but it is predicated on the success of his supporting cast. Whether that is his backfield, wide receiving corp...

Michael Crabtree tears Achilles tendon at 49ers OTAs -
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon during organized team activities Tuesday, a person informed of the injury told Ian Rapoport.

Harbaugh: Michael Crabtree not expected to miss season -
Coach Jim Harbaugh insists Michael Crabtree is not expected to miss the full 2013 NFL season after undergoing Achilles' tendon surgery. What can the San Francisco 49ers expect when Crabtree returns?

Top 10 quarterbacks 25 or under: Sam Bradford -
Sam Bradford has the pedigree of a No. 1 draft pick but the numbers of a below-average starter. So where will the St. Louis Rams QB's career go from here? Gregg Rosenthal breaks it down.

Top 5 corners & safeties for the 2014 draft | National Football Post
The Big 12 is flush with secondary talent entering the 2013 collegiate season.

Getting your foot in the sports door | National Football Post
Some useful tips for those who want to work in sports.

Rex calls Sanchez’s OTA interceptions “unacceptable” | ProFootballTalk
“This is OTAs and things, but yeah, that’s going to be the pressure that we’re putting on him,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things. It’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays — no, no, no you flat tell him. We can’t have these and all that type of stuff. He knows.”