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NFC Team-by-Team Notes - Offseason Low Down -
This is Part II in a two-part column providing takeaways from minicamp and OTA workouts with a fantasy football spin. Click here for AFC Team-by-Team Notes from early this week.

Tennessee Titans admire Jake Locker, but is he a franchise QB? -
The Tennessee Titans adore Jake Locker for his genuine kindness and competitive fire, but is he a franchise quarterback? Jeff Darlington explores this organization's most pressing question.

Ryan Swope's medical-related absence surprised Cards -
A history of concussions in college has kept Arizona Cardinals sixth-round draft pick Ryan Swope from practicing this offseason. Was the team surprised by the severity of the wide receiver's condition?

NFL's most improved position groups -
Dashon Goldson Mark Barron give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers one of the NFL's best safety duos. Is the Bucs' new secondary the league's most improved position group? Chris Wesseling explores.

Adrian Peterson: Vikes had no issues with Percy Harvin -
In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday, Adrian Peterson strongly refuted the notion that there was a rift between Harvin and his teammates. "Oh No. No issues at all," Peterson said. "I think there (were) ... some personal things that he wanted to be taken care of and unfortunately it wasn't happening in the way he wanted. It's just kind of the business that we're involved in. In this situation it didn't work out for us or him."

Ranking the NFL's best slot receivers -
Wes Welker made a lot of noise when he switched from the New England Patriots to the Denver Broncos this year. But Gregg Rosenthal says Percy Harvin is the NFL's best slot receiver.

Niners say Kaepernick threw 87 mph first pitch | ProFootballTalk
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw out the first pitch at Friday night’s Giants game. He apparently did pretty well. According to the 49ers’ Twitter account, Kaepernick was clocked at 87 miles per hour.

Rookie Passing, Rushing, and Receiving
In the graph below, the blue line shows the number of passing yards by rookies in each year since 1970, while the red line shows the number of passing yards by non-rookies in the same season. Both are measured against the left Y-Axis; the green line shows the percentage of rookie passing yards to veteran passing yards. As you can see, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, and Brandon Weeden were part of an extremely productive rookie class:

Sports Negotiations - The discriminatory nature of the Split Contract
TFE presents the discriminatory nature of negotiating split contracts between NFL veteran and NFL rookie players.

Justin Houston: A Superstar Sail Emerging From a Sinking Ship | Pre Snap Reads
Despite a college career at the University of Georgia that would make him worthy of a first round pick, a failed drug test at the NFL Combine would cause Justin Houston’s stock to plummet in the 2011 NFL draft. Teams were forced to balance his character off the field against his potential to perform on it. Because his potential to perform on the field was so high, the Kansas City Chiefs wouldn’t let him fall past the 70th overall pick.

The Tape Never Lies: Nnamdi Asomugha will have to become more disciplined in San Francisco | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Two years ago, Brandon Lloyd sat on-screen and introduced the NFL’s 18th best player: Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback of the Oakland Raiders. He immediately spoke of Asomugha’s attention to detail, mainly how he knew when and what routes were coming before and after the snap. In short, he was praising the Raider’s intelligence and discipline, two things he’d long been known for.

2014 NFL Draft: Cincinnati preview - CBSSports
2013 NFL Draft picks: (1) TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, third round Only twice in the last 11 years have the Cincinnati Bearcats yielded fewer than two selections in the draft. The most recent, of course, being this year with all-conference tight end Travis Kelce going to the Chiefs in the third round, and then in 2011 with his older brother, Jason, going to the Eagles in the sixth round. The 2014 squad boasts a seemingly better crop than last year and features five intriguing senior prospects led by LB Greg Blair and OG Austen Bujnoch.

New DE Michael Bennett on Seahawks workouts: ‘This pace is crazy’ | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
“They’re (freakin’) workin’ us, man,” the former Buccaneer told fullback Michael Robinson on the latest episode of Robinson’s “Real Rob Report” (see video below). “They’re gonna make you earn it around here. This pace is crazy. Tried to call my friends in Tampa, like: ‘Man, I ain’t ever seen no pace like this. They’re moving so fast!’”

Report: Schneider's new contract runs through 2016 - Blog -
According to Mike Sando of, that happened "more than a year" ago when Seattle gave Schneider a new deal that runs through 2016, a move the team did not announce. Schneider's original deal was for three years, according to Sando, meaning it would have expired after last season.

Tate would give Harbaugh 'the Sean Lee treatment' - Blog -
A week after Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner said he'd like to put his hands around Jim Harbaugh's neck if he were ever lined up across from the 49ers head coach, wide receiver Golden Tate gave a less hostile but equally quotable response of his own when he joined "Bob and Groz" on Friday and was asked what he would do in that situation. "I'd be on offense trying to score a touchdown on him. Defensively, that's a little different because they tackle and they can really be aggressive. I'm 5-10 and 195 pounds; I'm not going to try to run over anyone," he said before referring to one of the more memorable moments of the 2012 season. "But I would try to give him the Sean Lee treatment. I would do that."

Snap judgments: Gone from San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
Our series on 2012 contributors gone from NFC West rosters concludes with a look at the San Francisco 49ers.

A few predictions for the summer | Insiders
Here a few predictions for the summer.

Schottenheimer raises the stakes : Sports
There was an interesting piece from our pal Mike Sando, who covers the NFC West for The thrust of Sando's angle was a dramatically enhanced comfort level between Rams QB Sam Bradford and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer as they prepare for their second season together.