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OL age and the NFL: 2013 edition - Bleeding Green Nation
Where does your favorite team's offensive line rank, in terms of average age?

Scouting the 'Small' Guy
Is the small dynamic player becoming a luxury or a must have in the NFL game? Having been around DeSean Jackson for years in Philadelphia, I could make the argument they are a must have. Jackson has really set the stage for smaller players with special skill sets and raised their draft stock come April. Tavon Austin, while different from Jackson, directly benefited from his success in the NFL. These two players should help open the door for two phenomenal talents currently in college: Oklahoma’s Jalen Saunders and Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas.

49ers Camp Preview: Defensive Line
San Francisco’s hard-working defensive linemen come into focus next in our “49ers Camp Preview” series.

Seahawks’ Russell Okung runs with the bulls | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
The event can get ugly as people get gored, trampled and otherwise messed up. But Okung tells FOX Sports that he came out of it OK, though his bosses back in Seattle weren’t thrilled about how he spent his summer vacation. The guy did miss 10 games in his first two seasons with the Hawks.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 Run Defense by Number of Backs
Last week, we took a closer look at how offenses ran the ball last year based on the number of backs lined up in the backfield. Today, we'll check in on the defensive side of the ball.

Top 10 NFL salary-cap numbers: quarterbacks on top -
What players eat up the most salary-cap space? Gregg Rosenthal takes a look at the 2013 cap figures of players such as Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, and No. 1 might surprise you.

Eddie Lacy: Scouts questioned my passion for football -
Eddie Lacy fell to the Green Bay Packers late in the second round of the draft due to injury concerns. Were teams also worried that the running back didn't have the requisite passion for the game?

Seahawks earn "Elite Eight" bid in all-time Greatest Uniform competition
The Seahawks are up against the San Francisco 49ers in Round 4 of the Greatest Uniform in NFL History.

Mike Mayock analyzes college QBs at Manning camp -
NFL scouting guru Mike Mayock attended the Manning Passing Academy and took a close look at college prospects, including Michigan's Devin Gardner.

Seahawks look to develop even more top cornerbacks -
Danny O'Neil continues his roster breakdown with a look at the Seahawks' cornerbacks, where they are continuing to build behind stalwarts Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

ADP First Look: Overvalued - Draft Analysis -
Adam Levitan evaluates the initial Average Draft Position report and emerges with eight players going too early.

About that 101-catch projection for Percy Harvin - ESPN
You weren't the only one to question a 101-reception projection for new Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin in 2013.

NFL franchise tag extension deadline passes without new deals | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The eight NFL teams who used the franchise tag this offseason had until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to sign their players to multi-year contracts. The Denver Broncos were able to get left tackle Ryan Clady under contract, agreeing to terms on a five-year, $52.5 million contract on Sunday, but that would be the only franchised player to get a new deal as the seven other teams failed to reach agreements with their players by Monday's deadline.

Forbes’ list of top 20 most valuable sports franchises in the world includes 12 NFL teams | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
There are countless ways to point out the popularity gap between the NFL and every other American sport.

NFC West receivers gaining ground on Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald? - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals held a 10-0 lead in Atlanta last season when their defense picked off Matt Ryan, setting up first-and-10 from the Falcons' 18.

St. Louis Rams salary cap outlook: Thanks to the 2011 CBA, Robert Quinn is a bargain | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Best Bargain: The Rams selected defensive end Robert Quinn with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Over the last two seasons, Quinn has 15.5 sacks in 31 games, including 10.5 sacks in 2012, his first season in a full-time starting role.

Countdown to Training Camp: 15 questions in 15 days — How many yards will Russell Wilson pass for? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
First, a quick reminder: There are more important measures for a quarterback than passing yards (completion percentage, efficiency, scoring, etc.). But since it’s the offseason, let’s focus on an easy-to-digest numbers game involving passing yards, just for the fun of it. As in, how many will Russell Wilson throw for in year two? Here’s a [...]

Why Nnamdi can bounce back in San Fran | National Football Post
Cornerback’s style of play, low salary make him perfect fit with 49ers.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Battle stations! Will Michael Crabtree's replacement please step up?
The 49ers' training-camp battles were mostly shrug-worthy until May 21. That's when Michael Crabtree, the team's best wideout since Terrell Owens skipped town in 2004, suffered a complete tear of his right Achilles' tendon, an injury that will cost him most, in not all, of the 2013 season. With that injury, wide receiver suddenly became the focus of the 49ers' offseason. Read more here:

Arizona Cardinals ticket plans reflect NFC West strength | Insiders
The Cardinals unveiled their “protect the nest” ticket plans on Monday, and they reflect the strength of the NFC West Division. The plans also remind of us how quickly things can change in the NFL.

2013 NFL training camp preview: Indianapolis Colts - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
After a successful rookie season for Andrew Luck and a surprise playoff appearance, the Colts enter 2013 camp with high hopes.

PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 19: Tennessee Titans | ProFootballTalk
If the Titans don’t finish the season ranked higher than this, owner Bud Adams is probably going to have a double-barreled middle finger salute for a few more people.

Eli Manning was about as good in 2012 as he was in 2011
In 2011, Eli Manning threw for 4,933 yards and won the Super Bowl. Last year, he threw for 3948 yards and missed the playoffs. It’s tempting to think that something was “wrong” with Manning last year. Another narrative would be that 2011 was a career year far out of line with anything else he’s done, which would make 2012 was the real Manning. I’m not sure I buy either of those explanations.