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NFL Huddle: Jay Cutler's contract, Big Ben ranked No. 7 and more -
The Chicago Bears at one point considered extending Jay Cutler's contract, Ben Roethlisberger is No. 7 in Ron Jaworski's QB rankings and more news from SB Nation's NFL blogs on Wednesday.

Bill Barnwell breaks down the NFL's young, elite quarterbacks - Grantland
Which of 2012's young phenom quarterbacks will be even better this year?

Free Advice for NFL Rookies Entering Their First NFL Training Camps | Bleacher Report
As of recently, concussions have become a hot-button topic around the league as well as the country, but in order to survive in the NFL there’s a sad but realistic truth you must face...

2nd-year RBs: LaMichael James - Going Deep -
Evan Silva analyzes LaMichael James after breaking down his college and NFL rookie-year tape.

Off-Season Recap of All of UK Redskin's All-22 Game Film Reviews - Hogs Haven
With the start of training camp just over a week away, here's a recap of all of UkRedskin's game film review starting with basic Redskins personnel packages then film review of the 2013 draft picks. Also included is a look to the future.

13 burning questions for the 2013 NFL season
The 2013 NFL season unofficially begins on Wednesday, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookies become the first group of players to report for training camp. The Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys are the first to have their full squads report on Saturday. USA TODAY Sports NFL writer Tom Pelissero examines 13 questions for the '13 season.

NFL coach rankings: Personality doesn't matter, but rings sure do - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Coaching in the NFL is no beauty contest -- unless you're counting sparkly Super Bowl rings. Pete Prisco ranks all 32 head coaches, starting with one who'll never be confused for Mr. Congeniality.

Challenging stereotype of troubled players - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Third-year Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin woke up Saturday morning and readied himself for one of the kids camps he champions.

At quarterback, Seahawks have NFL's best value -
There is no more valuable position in football than quarterback. And of all the quarterbacks in the NFL, there is no one who's a better value than Seattle's Russell Wilson.

Numbers behind NFL’s best corners - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
How can you measure the best lockdown cornerbacks in the league? The ones so good they build a reputation for being avoided while earning nicknames such as ‘Revis Island’? From our statistical perspective, we looked at four things:

Players, coaches already returning to VMAC before Seahawks training camp | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
No one can wait for the Seahawks’ 2013 season to begin — and we imagine that’s especially true for the players and coaches.

The Best and Worst Contracts in the NFL Today | Bleacher Report
When an organization drafts a player or signs them in free agency, there is always some sort of gamble that comes into play. Time and time again we have seen some of the most promising stars at the collegiate level fizzle out in the NFL ...

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: What If Russell Wilson Can Be Better?
Plenty of people are tapping the brakes on expectations for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks after a special second half of 2012 and a promising off-season of additions. Too much hype is unfair to the second year quarterback. Or, at least, that is the story line. That is a reasonable perspective given the other-worldly praise being heaped on a player only one season into his career that will face defenses more equipped to challenge him during his second year. What happens, though, if Wilson steps forward, not back? What happens if the end of last year was just the baseline for what is to come? There is at least as much evidence to support that future scenario as a step backwards.

49ers Camp Preview: Cornerbacks
San Francisco’s competitive cornerbacks come into focus in our “49ers Camp Preview” series.

49ers position-by-position breakdown: Running backs | CSN Bay Area
Insider Matt Maiocco will be providing position-by-position breakdowns each day leading up to 49ers training camp. The rookies are scheduled to report on July 19, with the veterans scheduled to follow on July 24. Today Matt focuses on the running backs.

NFC South training camp preview: Four big questions -
The NFC South represents one of the NFL's most intriguing divisions as we approach 2013. With training camp set to open, Dan Hanzus examines one big question facing all four teams.

Jahvid Best cut by Detroit Lions after three seasons -
Jahvid Best was released by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. The speedy running back, a first-round draft pick in 2010, was beset by concussion problems and missed all of 2012.

NaVorro Bowman calls Kaepernick's Dolphins hat 'a huge mistake' -
"This is a huge mistake by Kaep," Bowman said. "I'm sure he understands that now. In his defense, we're young. In our era these days, we like to match our snapbacks with our outfits."

5 financial strategies players may embrace | National Football Post
It’s not always easy to get players to save their money but sometimes you just have to talk their language.

Tyrann Mathieu uses Mike Mayock as motivation | ProFootballTalk
Some players say they don't pay attention to the media. Cardinals rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu says one member of the media is providing him with motivation this year.

Tweaking the NFL’s Passer Rating Formula
I hate passer rating. So do you. Everyone does, except for Kerry Byrne. Passer rating is stupid because it gives a 20-yard bonus for each completion, a 100-yard penalty for each interception, and an 80-yard bonus for each touchdown. In reality, there should be no (or a very small) weight on completions, a 45-yard weight on interceptions, and a 20-yard weight on touchdowns.

Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs Top Passing Concepts (Shallow, Stick, Sail/Flood) With All-22 Film | Smart Football
ery interesting clips showing Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs’ top passing concepts, with all-22 game film; specifically his shallow cross series and the stick and sail/flood concepts.

Cripes! Get back to fundamentals...: Tubberville - Cover 2 Pattern Matching
Tommy Tubberville - Pattern match from (Miami) Cover 2

50-Day NFL Warning: Brian Cushing Is Ready to Go, Says Knee God Dr. James Andrews - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are set to spen

Is Victor Cruz Underpaid? - Over the Cap
Yesterday WR Victor Cruz did an interview in which he said he felt as if he was underpaid and insinuated that the only reason he accepted the deal to stay with the Giants was to stay close to home. So let’s examine the situation a bit more in depth.

Carlos Dunlap Sack Analysis | Pre Snap Reads
When the Cincinnati Bengals franchised tagged Michael Johnson this off-season, they appeared to make their intentions known. Johnson was the team’s starting right defensive end, their second most important defensive linemen behind the exceptionally gifted Geno Atkins. Johnson played 923 snaps during last season and had 13 sacks. Production that would have made him a top target on the free agent market.

The Tape Never Lies: Ahmad Bradshaw’s pass blocking skills will keep Andrew Luck upright | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Ryan Grigson has established himself as a fairly good talent evaluator, and he’s done it fairly quickly. The Indianapolis Colts general manager has re-tooled a roster once devoid of talent, and made it into a respectable team in a short time by building around his core players, and adding small but equally important pieces. One of his finest signings could end up being running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Scouting Notebook: BYU’s Kyle Van Noy May Be the NFL’s Future as a “Read Option Stopper”
Last year, BYU had its highest NFL Draft pick since 1982 (Jim McMahon) when Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah was the Detroit Lions 5th overall selection, despite starting less than 10 games in his college career. While it was BYU’s first draft pick since 2010, the BYU talent pool has grown substantially in the past few seasons, and the team can expect to have at least three selections come April.