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Tyrann Mathieu learns there is nothing private about direct messages on Twitter | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The photo above of Arizona Cardinals rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu was taken during the team's OTA practice on May 10. Less than two weeks later — May 23 to be specific— Mathieu signed his first NFL contract, which is worth $3,052,500 and includes $817,187 in guaranteed money if the off-field troubles that plagued him at LSU do not resurface over the next four seasons. reports that, in between those two dates, Mathieu had a little "misadventure" in social networking.

Adrian Peterson tops NFL's most indispensable offensive players -
There are certain NFL players teams simply cannot live without. Adam Schein identifies nine such studs on the offensive side of the ball, including Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

John Abraham remains unsigned due to contractual demands -
The 35-year-old pass rusher is looking for a big contract and promises of playing time. Blog | Russell Wilson No. 5 on’s list of Top 10 QBs 25 and under
If you’ve been paying attention to’s Around the League countdown of the Top 10 quarterbacks age 25 and under, yesterday you may have seen contributor Gregg Rosenthal name the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson to the number five spot on his list.

McCoy's injury continues a trend for Seahawks - Blog -
What should be one of the best opportunities in Seattle's offense has turned out to be one of the worst jobs.

Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'We have to grow up' - Blog -
Over the last three years, the Seahawks have the most suspensions in the NFL for performance-enhancing drugs, including defensive end Bruce Irvin's four-game ban that was handed down earlier this month.

Sophomore slumps? A few initial thoughts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Player performance levels vary from season to season. The term "sophomore slump" applies to declines from a player's first to second season, but it also implies there are special challenges associated with transitioning to a second season. This sounds like fiction to me.

Unheralded rookies poised to make noise: NFC - CBSSports
Seattle Seahawks -- WR Matt Austin, Utah State: The Seahawks' depth at receiver has been very average in recent years. But after adding Percy Harvin and Chris Harper in the offseason, the position is suddenly a strength. Despite a crowded depth chart, Austin is a name to watch in Seattle as an undrafted free agent who might be able to earn his keep, most likely on the practice squad to start. He isn't a burner but has enough speed with smooth breaks to set up his routes and the body control to adjust to passes and complete the catch. The Seahawks have had recent success with Utah State alums (linebacker Bobby Wagner, running back Robert Turbin), and Austin could be the next in line.

Which NFL teams draft from which colleges?
Gregg Rosenthal on noted that both the Patriots and Buccaneers have eight former Rutgers players on each of their rosters. With former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano coaching in Tampa Bay, seeing Scarlet Knights pop up in Florida isn’t too surprising. With Belichick, you can trace the Piscataway-Foxboro connection to the fact that Belichick has long been an admirer of Schiano’s program and that his son was a member of the Rutgers football team.

Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch and more - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five quick thoughts after watching the Seattle Seahawks' practice session Tuesday from team headquarters:

Marshawn Lynch shows up for OTAs; TE Willson struggles | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“We weren’t too worried about him,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said. “You know he’s a great competitor, a great athlete and a great leader on this team. So, you knew wherever he was, he was working hard, and doing whatever he could for this ball club. “Until September, we’re not too worried about what No. 24 is doing. No. 24 is a great ball player and a great teammate. So we know he’ll be prepared.”

Marshawn Lynch joins Seahawks for OTAs | - Seattle Sidelines
For those who think Russell Wilson is a robot, he had a few moments of looking very human today, throwing a couple of pretty bad interceptions. One of them was so far from TE Luke Willson that it's fair to wonder if maybe the mistake was on the route being run by the rookie, and not the throw. And just to be clear, I'm not pointing this out because I think there's cause for concern about Wilson--again, it's May--but rather because it is almost startling to see him struggle in practice seeing how impressive he has been going back to the middle of last season.

Super Bowl 50 will be in smartest stadium in NFL -
Just five years after the Dallas Cowboys unveiled their $1 billion-super stadium, the San Francisco 49ers aim to redefine state of the art.

Larry Grant issues statement on suspension, positive PED test -
Free-agent linebacker Larry Grant issued an apology after being suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

JaMarcus Russell sheds 50 pounds on road to comeback -
JaMarcus Russell hopes to return to the NFL after his flameout with the Oakland Raiders, but will another team give him a chance? Russell lost 50 pounds in hopes he'll receive a call.

The Norv Turner effect | National Football Post
The Cleveland passing game should receive a big boost in 2013 thanks to the addition of the team’s new offensive coordinator.

Unheralded rookies poised to make noise: AFC - CBSSports examines long-shot rookies on every AFC team -- those players who are standing out early and are poised to become surprise, impact players.

Joe Staley had his knee scoped | ProFootballTalk
Add tackle Joe Staley to the list of 49ers who will spend the time until training camp recovering from injury and/or surgery. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Staley had arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Special Teams Tackles 2012
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

The Tape Never Lies: Mike Wallace will be explosive in Miami, but he’s still a limited receiver | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Speed is overpaid. Personnel men deem it hard to find, so they spend lavishly when they have the chance to acquire it. That’s what the Miami Dolphins did this offseason when they signed Mike Wallace from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 26-year-old receiver, who has speed to burn like middle easterners with oil, will be paid $60 million over the course of five years, provided he plays through the length of his new deal.