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Russell Wilson gives Seahawks an A in offseason’s final exam
Coach Pete Carroll called the Seahawks’ just-concluded three-day minicamp the final exam in the offseason program, and the team’s passer handed out a grade that was well beyond passing.

Tarvaris Jackson back in Seahawks' plans - Blog -
"I think it's a great boost for us in a competitive sense," coach Pete Carroll said after Thursday's workout. "We thought of Tarvaris as a tremendously tough football player and competitive kid that battled for us."

Seahawks finish minicamp on a competitive note; T-Jack signs | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks completed the team’s three-day minicamp with a half-hour scrimmage at the end of today’s workout, with tempers flaring a couple different times toward the end of practice.

Seahawk practice over —- Jackson still not signed, but still apparently on his way to battle with Quinn for backup spot
The Seahawks have wrapped up their last mini-camp practice, with the team now taking off until training camp starts in late July. Blog | Thursday in Hawkville: That’s a wrap on the offseason program
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Club for June 13, when the Seahawks wrapped up their offseason program by concluding their mandatory three-day minicamp:

Browner focused on football heading into contract year - Blog -
Brandon Browner was getting dangerously close to being broke when he arrived in Seattle after four years in the Canadian Football League and four months at home during the 2011 NFL lockout.

Seahawks’ Browner would like to wring Jim Harbaugh’s neck | ProFootballTalk
“He’s never gonna be out there lined up against me. I wish he would. I’d put my hands around his neck,” Browner said.

Why the San Francisco 49ers Love to Stretch -
The San Francisco 49ers' two-year rise from the depths of mediocrity is widely attributed to ferocious defense and the dazzling running ability of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But as the 49ers head to Atlanta favored to beat the Falcons this weekend and advance to their first Super Bowl in 18 years, here's another possibility: Maybe it's that they stretch a lot.

Versatility on display when it comes to D-linemen
What positions are free-agent additions Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel playing? How about rookies Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams? You’ll find them at any of three or four spots on the defensive line.

Russell Wilson's sophomore slump? Rest of NFL should be so lucky |
Such is the aura of success emanating from Russell Wilson that he claims the Mariners have yet to be defeated in the dozen games he has attended since coming to Seattle last baseball season. "They haven’t lost yet," he said Tuesday after practice. "I need to keep going.”

Winfield chasing championship in Seattle - Seahawks News -
Antoine Winfield had no reason to suspect anything was amiss when he headed to the Minnesota Vikings' practice facility to work out back in March.

Jackson has earned right to fight for job with Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Yes, the NFL is a business, occasionally ruthless, and certainly impermanent. Tarvaris Jackson could tell you all about that. Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville: The continuing evolution of Richard Sherman
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for June 12, when the Seahawks held the second practice in the mandatory three-day minicamp that concludes the offseason program:

How does ‘Too Tall’ McDaniel sound? | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Looking for a replacement for Alan Branch, who departed in free agency, the Seattle Seahawks may have found one in defensive tackle Tony McDaniel.

Russell Wilson Closing Minicamp Press Conference
Russell Wilson talks with the media as the Seahawks finish their final minicamp practice of the season and now will have time off until training camp begins at the end of July.

Kaepernick Improves in ‘Everything’
Seven days. That’s all the time Colin Kaepernick took off before beginning his training for the 2013 season, where he'll open up the regular season for the first time as the starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

The Tape Never Lies: Danny Amendola can be a better vertical threat than Wes Welker | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
There’s no better team in the NFL at delivering subtle but strong messages than the New England Patriots. It stems from head coach Bill Belichick, who is one of the league’s most ruthless innovators and game planners. This offseason, Belichick is reshaping his offense following an influx of new talent at the wide receiver position, and the departure of reliable veterans like Wes Welker.

San Diego Chargers: Questions, Answers and Vincent Brown | Pre Snap Reads
It took much longer than most fans would have wanted, but Norv Turner finally parted ways with the San Diego Chargers this off-season. Turner had repeatedly irked his fan-base because of his team’s perceived inability to reach their potential on an annual basis. After finishing the 2009 season with a 13-3 record and trip to the playoffs, Turner’s team gradually declined from 9-7 the next season, to 8-8 in 2011 and 7-9 this past year.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Matching Up to 11
One of the tables you will see in Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 is performance based on most common personnel groups. We do this for each team and the opponents it faced. From this, you can get a good general picture of how a team played and how teams matched up to them. The limitations of space, though, don’t permit us to go into detail on particular matchups.

Mirror Images: Maurice Jones-Drew/Ahmad Brooks | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
When Cian Fahey asked me to contribute a couple of paragraphs about cornerback Patrick Peterson for a collaborative piece he’s writing with the likes of Eric Stoner, Chris Burke, Allen Dumonjic, and Joe Goodberry, I pulled this idea of describing Peterson through the lens Dez Bryant – a player he’s trained to face – and typed it on the page. It got me thinking pairing offensive and defensive players as mirror images would be a fun way to pass the time as my fellow writers and I wait for the car trip of our football writing lives to get to its preseason destination.

Top Ten Players Named Mike Williams in NFL History
#10: Tie: Mike Williams – linebacker, 1986 (Pittsburgh); Michael Williams – tight end, 2013-current (Detroit) Nine Mike Williamses have played in the NFL. A Tulsa linebacker of the same name was drafted by the Steelers in the 12th round of

Top 15 fantasy quarterbacks | National Football Post
Mr. Reliable leads an ultra deep signal-caller class into the 2013 campaign.

Arizona Cardinals mini-camp: Carson Palmer calls defensive packages 'confusing' - Revenge of the Birds
With the hiring of Bruce Arians and the trade to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer, most of the focus this offseason has been how the offense will produce in 2013. Yes, there is some concern about...

Arizona Cardinals mini-camp: Carson Palmer impressed in all phases of the offense - Revenge of the Birds
He likes everything about the offense he has been learning.

Is There Any Merit to Cortland Finnegan's Brutal Craig Dahl Insults? | Bleacher Report
When Craig Dahl signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2009 he knew he would have the opportunity to start at one of the two safety positions...

Rams updates: Fisher downplays Twitter battle with Dahl : Sports
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher downplayed the comments from ex-Rams safety Craig Dahl saying that St. Louis' success against his new team, the San Francisco 49ers, was due to the 49ers tipping their plays by formation and personnel.

Jake Long settles in with Rams : Sports
Jake Long is healthy, happy and starting to feel at home in St. Louis.

Cross-training tackles or a look at the future? | Insiders
The most notable development in the two minicamp practices this week has been tackles Bobby Massie and Nate Potter flipping sides.

Olympian Okoye much further behind than other 49ers rookies | CSN Bay Area
Rookie defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye certainly ranks as one of the better athletes on the 49ers. After all, he qualified for the Olympics last summer as a British discus thrower.

B.J. Daniels Enjoys Busy Minicamp
B.J. Daniels had a productive afternoon at Day 2 of 49ers minicamp. The seventh-round draft pick caught two touchdown passes as a running back in 7-on-7 red zone work and later fired a rollout touchdown pass in front of the entire team.

Quarterbacks, coordinators and continuity - NFC West Blog - ESPN
We have rightfully focused at times over the years on coordinator continuity for NFC West quarterbacks.

Why Craig Dahl's words ticked off Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"The way he kind of flaunted it, like, 'Yeah, the reason why the Rams were competitive was because we knew all that' -- yeah, but we also made some plays," Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said after practice Thursday. "We can know what they are doing, but you still have to do it better than them. That got under Cortland [Finnegan's] skin."

Top 10 Thursdays: Top 10 Best Football Movies | Fanspeak NFL Blog
For this week’s installment of Top 10 Thursdays, we thought it would be fun to take a shot at ranking the Top 10 football movies of all time. Of course, this is a category that is about as subjective as you can get.

Do the Seahawks Have a PED Problem? | Fanspeak's NFC West Blog
Since 2011, six players on the Seattle Seahawks have been hit with PED (performance-enhancing drugs) suspensions. In May, defensive end Bruce Irvin became the latest Seahawk to be disciplined by the NFL for testing positive for a banned substance. Irvin joins Brandon Browner, Winston Guy, Alan Barbre, John Moffitt, and Richard Sherman as Seahawks who have tested positive under Carroll’s watch and received suspensions (Sherman appealed and had his suspension overturned). Since Pete Carroll has taken over in 2010, the Seattle the Seahawks have had the more PED suspensions than any other team in the NFL.