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Hump day.

Miller sits with sore foot; Avril practices | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
A vote to bring back T-Jack Second-year receiver Doug Baldwin did not mince words about wanting the Seahawks to bring back quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, recently cut by Buffalo. Baldwin’s affinity for Jackson makes sense because of the success he had with the Alabama State product during his rookie season, leading the Seahawks in receptions in 2011. “He’s loved in the locker room because of what he did for us in 2011,” Baldwin said. “He fought through injuries, and was able to put his best foot forward out on the field. And like I said, the guys in the locker room love him. And he’s got unbelievable knowledge about the game. So him just being able to be in the locker room and talk to the younger guys – I know he’s going to have a lot of insight for Russell (Wilson) because Russell is still growing.”

Mini-camp notes and quotes | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Like the OTAs, these are non-padded, no-contact workouts (really, the only difference is these are mandatory). The only new injury of note is TE Zach Miller sitting out with a sore foot. Coach Pete Carroll indicated it is not serious and said Miller got a lot of work in the OTAs and can sit these out to get prepared for the season — Miller had a boot on the foot. Carroll said the injury is not related to a foot injury Miller suffered last season.

The case for the Seahawks bringing back T-Jack | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks are set at starting quarterback, that much we know. But having Russell Wilson doesn't mean the Seahawks don't potentially have concerns at the position, not after trading backup Matt Flynn and signing Brady Quinn, Jerrod Johnson and the since-released Josh Portis as to compete for that job.

Richard Sherman -- Seems Seattle Seahawks have PED problem - ESPN
Sherman has consistently denied he used Adderall and did so again in the interview with ESPN The Magazine, which appears in the most recent issue. "Nope. Didn't take it at all," he said. "The question only remains for people who want the question to remain."

Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson embracing Seahawks' expectations
As the Seattle Seahawks continue to hear the buzz that they just might wind up the best team in the NFC this season, head coach Pete Carroll had a couple of options for dealing with the expectations descending on his young team: Embrace them, or try to ignore them altogether.

Bennett's versatility key in second stint with Seahawks - Blog -
Michael Bennett entered the NFL as a player without a position in the eyes of some scouts.

Russell Wilson Minicamp Press Conference
Quarterback Russell Wilson talks with the media after day one of the team's three-day minicamp.

Pete Carroll Minicamp Press Conference
Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media following day one of the team's three-day minicamp at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Carroll responds to Harbaugh’s comments about Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Carroll responded after Tuesday's minicamp. When asked if he had any concern about his team developing a reputation for PED use, Carroll said: "We've kind of dealt with this to set into motion a really clear mindset to take care of business and treat this situation that is around the league very seriously. I don't know about commenting about anybody else's team, but as far as we're concerned we feel like we've addressed it directly."

Russell Wilson continues to focus on the now
A year ago at this time, Russell Wilson was in a three-quarterback competition for the Seahawks’ starting job. Now, it’s his job and Wilson is preparing for whatever the future might bring by focusing on the present.

Worker killed at new San Francisco 49ers stadium - NFL -
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Construction on the new San Francisco 49ers stadium has been stopped after a worker was found dead in an elevator shaft.

86-Day NFL Warning: Terrell Owens Finally Goes Away (Or So We Hope) - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Late last week, semiprofessional bowler/popcorn baron/calligrapher Terrell Owens announced that, indeed, his football career may be over.

Champ Bailey: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict | Pre Snap Reads
While the rest of the NFL world has been engulfed in Tim Tebow’s future with the New England Patriots, I have spent my time looking back at a long-time Denver Broncos’ superstar who played a major role in his initial success in this league.

Report: NFL considering multiple cities in each year for NFL Draft -
The NFL is reportedly considering multiple cities for future NFL Draft locations as well as rotating the draft from city to city each year. It's as strange as it sounds.

Who's next to get paid? Franchise QBs Ryan, Stafford at the top of list - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Big paydays for QBs (Ryan, Stafford; Cutler, too?) are near. Same with WRs (Dez Bryant, anyone?). Jason La Canfora digs up who's next up on the get-paid list, including four key Giants.

All-Unemployed Team update: Kevin Smith among six new additions | ProFootballTalk
PFT’s All-Unemployed Team said goodbye to two of its charter members Tuesday. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is off to Indianapolis, with defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis on his way to Chicago.

Packers go back to school to learn how to defend the read-option | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
It was one of the more embarrassing defeats in the long history of the Green Bay Packers. When the Pack matched up against the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the 2012 season's playoffs, and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Sedrick Ellis, Chicago Bears agree to one-year contract -
Sedrick Ellis had a rough going with the New Orleans Saints, but maybe a new setting will do him some good. He agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

Tavon Austin dazzles in St. Louis Rams practice -
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin has the most electric moves of any NFL rookie. Find out what happened when he juked punter Johnny Hekker out of his cleats in Tuesday's practice.

Takeo Spikes reportedly will visit St. Louis Rams -
Takeo Spikes reportedly will visit the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday and Wednesday. At 36, how much does the All-Pro linebacker have left in the tank? The free agent says he still has "tread left on the tires."

Tavon Austin's open-field juke, other notes - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rookie receiver Tavon Austin returned a punt toward the right sideline Tuesday and broke into the clear, leaving punter Johnny Hekker as the last line of defense.

Gus Bradley press conference
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley talks about the first practice of mandatory minicamp.

Were The 49ers Using West Coast Offense Principles in the 1950s?
Entire books have been written about the West Coast Offense. Friend of the program Chris Brown has an excellent primer on some of the principles of the system. Due to time constraints, this post is not going to dissect a voluminous playbook, translate Spider 3 Y Banana into English, or discuss the role of motions or shifts in the offense. This post will not help you find the winning edge.