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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday


Otto Greule Jr

Hump day!

The key for Walter Thurmond is staying healthy
Walter Thurmond is in his fourth year with the Seahawks, but the promising cornerback has played in only 21 games because of some serious injuries. But he’s healthy, and playing well in the team’s OTA sessions.

Monday in Hawkville: Zach Miller’s one-handed catches really aren’t as easy as he makes them look
The Seahawks’ veteran tight end does so many things well that focusing on just one could be difficult. Except that when it comes to making one-handed catches, Miller is exceptional.

Brady Quinn says he's ready as Seahawks backup quarterback | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Former Notre Dame star hasn't played well in NFL but believes he is ready to back up quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle.

LB Malcolm Smith eyes starting role | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Entering his third season, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith is hopeful to turn a part-time starting job in 2012 into a full-time role in 2013. But Smith understands nothing is promised under head coach Pete Carroll.

Rookie back outshines Lynch just by showing up to work | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
The burst of speed shows on one play, the balance and elusiveness on another. And on one catch over the middle, Seattle rookie running back Christine Michael flashed both, with good hands as a bonus.

Michael Bennett feeling at home with Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Familiarity and comfort guided Michael Bennett’s return to the Pacific Northwest. Signed as undrafted rookie free agent by Seattle in 2009, the Seahawks lost the Texas A&M product to Tampa Bay on a waiver wire claim midway through that regular season. The Seahawks released the relentless defensive end in order to add tackle Kyle Williams to help bolster an injury-plagued offensive line.

NFL's best deals: QBs Kaepernick, Wilson are steals -- right now - NFL -
Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are locked into their rookie deals and the 49ers and Seahawks couldn't be happier -- for now. Jason La Canfora digs through contracts to find the best steals.

Fleming walking after knee injury | CSN Bay Area
Linebacker Darius Fleming, who missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL in his left knee, appeared to re-injure the knee during a 7-on-7 passing drill Tuesday.

Tight ends top the bill in 2014 « Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s round about this time of year you formulate a man crush. Not that you can’t move on to others. This isn’t a marriage. No commitment. Merely a crush. Things can change during the season. But for now, you just want to see more.

Tight ends top the bill in 2014 « Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s round about this time of year you formulate a man crush. Not that you can’t move on to others. This isn’t a marriage. No commitment. Merely a crush. Things can change during the season. But for now, you just want to see more.

Dynasty Building Blocks: Russell Wilson | RotoViz
In my last article, I talked about my first-round selection of Demaryius Thomas in the RotoViz Dynasty League draft. Today I’m jumping ahead to my fourth-round pick, Russell Wilson. I opted to draft Wilson as my franchise dynasty QB for several reasons. Here they are.

Expectations for Seahawks' James Carpenter - Blog -
"He is a force," coach Pete Carroll told "Bob and Groz" on Wednesday. "He's a bigger, more dynamic athlete than anybody that we have at the guard spot, and he makes a difference and it's on film. He'll roll right through guys. When we get Carp back it's going to be a big deal for us."

'Small' details key going into 2013 season - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ranked 24th last season in Total QBR (45.7) against base defenses. He ranked 14th with a 61.1 QBR score when defenses subbed out front-seven players for additional defensive backs.

Ken Norton and Malcolm Smith on LB switching; plus other Seahawk OTA notes | - Seattle Sidelines
"We have the versatility," Norton said. "Players are now getting older, they're in year two, year three, and they're all starting to mature at the same time, that's when you've got a really good team, when the young guys are maturing at the same time. They have a great understanding of the defense, what we're asking of them, and now they're able to do veteran things. They can make up for each other, they can do things you can't coach. You expect their athletic ability and their smarts to really show up in year two, year three, year four."

Defining Expectations For 2013: Chris Clemons - 12th Man Rising -
Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) lies on the ground after being injured against the Washington Redskins i

Roger Goodell plans to expand NFL presence in London -
With both London games already sold out this season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has visions of expanding the league's overseas schedule in the future.

Our top 5 choices for Hard Knocks | National Football Post
Which NFL team do you want to follow through training camp in 2013?

Jim Harbaugh was in Judge Judy’s courtroom audience, for some reason | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Jim Harbaugh's been getting around since the Super Bowl. The onetime "Saved By The Bell" guest recently drove the pace car at the Indy 500, and here he is in the courtroom of ... Judge Judy? What the heck?

Which NFL teams draft from which colleges? Part II
Last week, I posted this article analyzing NFL team/college pairings in the NFL Draft. In that study, I included every draft pick since 1936, as the goal was to get a flavor of NFL history. However, I thought it would be fun to do the same thing but to look at more recent time periods. Today’s post will be mostly tables, so hopefully you guys can add the analysis. Let’s start by looking at all (but only) the drafts in the post-merger period in NFL history.

Early `14 Takes: Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Patriots rookie Mark Harrison might have been the best wide receiver on the 2013 Rutgers squad, but I’m not sure he was the most promising. That title may belong to Brandon Coleman, a 6’6″, 220-pound rising senior. Even if Coleman’s listed height gets exposed as SID-speak (Sports Information Department – also known as athletic department PR) for a true height of 6’4″, the Scarlet Knight receiver has the type of physical skills and raw technical grasp of the position to earn attention from the NFL. Some are already projecting that attention will translate to an early round pick.

Stephon Gilmore: An Elite Cornerback Lost in the Failings of the Buffalo Bills | Pre Snap Reads
By exploring every aspect of players such as Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman, this cornerback series has so far unveiled the unknown about players that everyone in the NFL knows about. Even players such as Brandon Flowers, Joe Haden and Carlos Rogers are relatively well-known players in the NFL today, but even though Stephon Gilmore was a top 10 pick in the 2012 draft, he is a relative unknown.

93-Day NFL Warning: J.J. Watt Played Hurt All Last Year; Think on That - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
I don’t want to get all self-congratulatory here, but there’s really no way around it. We’ve made it through 15 Warning posts, and not once have I mentioned J.J. Watt. Seriously, go check. This is something for which I should be rewarded. I’m not saying I deserve a trophy, but a commemorative plaque feels appropriate.