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Otto Greule Jr

Brand new week, gang.

Drop rates: Percy Harvin, Mario Manningham zeroed in - ESPN
The target percentages posted earlier are open to interpretation. Drop percentages are a little more straightforward.

Kam Chancellor -- Time for Seattle Seahawks to grow up - ESPN
Safety Kam Chancellor said Monday in a radio interview that the Seattle Seahawks' veterans are spreading the message to players on the team that it's time to grow up after defensive end Bruce Irvin's four-game suspension.

Seattle Seahawks' OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis | Bleacher Report
OTAs are just the beginning of a long, grueling football season for the Seattle Seahawks. Obviously there is a lot of time between now and the beginning of the season. However, the time will fly by quickly. The work starts now. Blog | Remembering George Hickman: Tuskegee Airman, 12th Man
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. And though the nationally-observed holiday originally honored those that died in combat during the Civil War, the honor has extended to all who died in military service to the United States Armed Forces.

Seahawks safety, former Hokie Kam Chancellor gives back in Norfolk at annual cookout | Virginia Tech Football with Andy Bitter
Kam Chancellor‘s NFL career is thriving out in Seattle, but the former Virginia Tech and Maury High star continues to come back to Norfolk to help give back in his Seven Cities Family & Friends Memorial Day Cookout.

Giants Aaron Curry is ready to show he's an elite linebacker |
Curry said he was self-absorbed in his fame and fortune as the fourth pick overall in 2009

Kiszla: NFL teams know the value of a nickel defense - The Denver Post
In the NFL, the middle linebacker is no longer worth a nickel. For 50 years, middle linebackers were the most feared creatures in pro football.

The Foolproof Game Plan for Stopping Each of the NFL's Top QBs | Bleacher Report
The best quarterbacks in the NFL put up big numbers week after week. It’s rare when a player like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers has a bad game. As observers of the NFL, we have taken their high-level of play for granted...

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Be Careful About Writing Off Bruce Irvin
Hugh Millen mentioned on Softy's show this week that a case could be made that Bruce Irvin was a disappointment as the 15th overall pick. He is not the only person that has broached that subject. It is worth diving deeper into that question another time. For now, take a look at the list of players that have recorded at least 8.0 sacks as a rookie. There is definitely a bust here and there, but this list is littered with high impact defensive players. That accomplishment, alone, should not be underestimated.

Marshawn Lynch And The Seahawks Faced More Loaded Defensive Fronts Than Anyone In The League - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
There’s been an interesting trend the last couple weeks of websites looking into how teams did when running the ball against defensive fronts with 8 or more defenders.

Top 10 QBs 25 and under: Russell Wilson -
Russell Wilson's incredible rookie year was overshadowed by Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. But Gregg Rosenthal says Wilson has the potential to be as good as either of them.

Adrian Peterson says he’s ‘not with’ gay marriage | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"To each his own, [but] I'm not with it," Peterson said. "I have relatives who are gay. I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love 'em. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But to each his own."

Sources: NFLPA plans to aggressively pursue Jay-Z situation | ProFootballTalk
Problem No. 100 is coming soon for Jay-Z.

OTAs start back up Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
Back to work.

101-Day NFL Warning: The Night Is Dark and Full of Aaron Rodgers - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
For the first time in eight seasons, the Packers will start the year without Greg Jennings (gone to the Vikings) and Donald Driver (retired). Don’t be worried, though. Aaron Rodgers sure isn’t. He likes the guys he’s got. To that I say, “Of course he does.” Because it doesn’t matter to whom Aaron Rodgers throws. Aaron Rodgers is not of this world. He is a demon called here from another dimension by conjurer Ted Thompson for the sole purpose of haunting Bears fans in the night. He is, in other words, a mild inconvenience.

Brian Urlacher's do-it-all skill set on display on one unforgettable night - NFL - Peter King -
I'm going to write about Brian Urlacher today, but before I do, a note about the day. It's Memorial Day, and that's not just the first day of the beach season. It's a day we remember all those who have served in the military, and those who continue to serve today. It's also my annual survey of some of the best commencement speeches to the Class of 2013. In researching those, I found a good one, at the University of New Hampshire, from an Army lieutenant general, Mary Legere. A few of Lt. Gen. Legere's words to the graduating Wildcats:

2013 NFL Scouting: Ranking the Top Five Fantasy Football Tight Ends
Running backs are often considered to be the most scare of fantasy football resources, but the reality is that productive tight ends are few and far between as well. With only a handful of elite tight ends out there, some members of your fantasy league will look to this crop of rookie tight ends to take a prominent roll in their line-ups.

Seattle Seahawks: An Interview with Wide Receiver Justin Veltung | Bleacher Report
For most collegiate prospects who have hopes of playing at the next level, the National Football League serves as a peak on the world's tallest mountain...