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Tuesday, gang.

Seahawks have picked up where they left off | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
For the Seattle Seahawks, the first two games of the exhibition season were much the same as the team’s second half of 2012 — when Pete Carroll’s boys won seven of their last eight regular-season games to advance to the NFC playoffs for the second time in three years.

What we learned from Seahawks' 2nd preseason game -
The Seahawks have outscored their two preseason opponents 71-20 this month.

Some positives emerge from Rams loss : Sports
Looking back on Saturday night’s 19-7 preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers at the Edward Jones Dome, Rams coach Jeff Fisher talked about turnovers, missed tackles and penalties during a Sunday afternoon news conference at Rams Park in Earth City.

49'ers and Chiefs Trade Disappointing WR's - Over the Cap
Salary Cap impact and reasoning behind the trade of Jon Baldwin and AJ Jenkins

A.J. Jenkins press conference quotes
A.J. Jenkins press conference quotes - Free download as Text file (.txt), PDF File (.pdf) or read online for free. Quotes from Baalke, Harbaugh and Jenkins on draft day.

NFL Preseason Scouting: Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals |
If you followed FRG Scouting during the 2013 NFL Draft process, you know that Andre Ellington received the highest grade of all the draft-eligible running backs in the class. In fact, at the conclusion of our film study, Ellington was graded at an 8.1 (a low first-round grade).

Rams run risks, chart new course : Sports

St. Louis Rams preseason 2013: Understanding defensive struggles with play action passes - Turf Show Times
Through two preseason games, there's a familiar trend happening with the Rams defense.

Linking young WRs Jenkins, Baldwin, Quick - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams have drafted three wide receivers with the 25th through 35th picks over the past three years.

Seahawks' preseason win resonates with NFL pundits -
It's only the preseason. The games don't count. In three weeks, no one will care about any of these contests.

San Francisco 49ers' trade of A.J. Jenkins validates criticisms - ESPN
Last week, we considered whether 35 offensive snaps and 16 pass routes were enough for the San Francisco 49ers to fully assess second-year wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. Turns out it was enough.

Monday morning Rams notes - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Rams will get back to work this afternoon as they begin preparations for the third preseason game Saturday in Denver. Before we look ahead, let’s do a little cleanup work and empty the notebook from the weekend loss to Green Bay and yesterday’s news conference with coach Jeff Fisher.

SEATTLE: Dave Boling: Proof is in the play for Seahawks’ Kearse | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Since the middle of last season, Seattle Seahawks players and staff have raved about wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

Seahawks vs. Broncos: Three things we learned | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Jermaine Kearse stood out, penalties remain an issue, and the pass rush is still a work in progress for Seattle.

Spreading the Wealth: The Seahawks and Number One Receivers - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
When the Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin they paid a fair steep price for a player they thought would be a number one receiver. In football, the term “number one receiver” is a bit of an ambiguous one, much like “ace” in baseball. Some people believe it refers to a particular level of ability whereas others consider it simply a position on the depth chart.

2013 Seahawks Season Preview - Seattle Depth Chart, Seahawks roster, starters, backups
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brian Scott tells us as training camps and 2weeks of pre-season football wraps up, and another game approaches vs. the Packers this week there is lots to look forward to in Seattle. He tells us with high expectations comes serious pressure to perform. Tarvaris Jackson & Russell Wilson are ready to lead this team. Versatile speedster Golden Tate lines up opposite Sidney Rice at WR. And Marshawn Lynch is ready for Beastmode again.

Morning Tailgate: 49ers Top Wideouts
Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore all figure prominently into the team's plans at wide receiver.

New Orleans Saints reportedly release Seneca Wallace -
The New Orleans Saints have reportedly released quarterback Seneca Wallace, which leaves Luke McCown as the obvious choice to back up Drew Brees.

Broncos' Von Miller facing possible 6-game suspension -
Von Miller might be away from the Denver Broncos for six games,'s Albert Breer reports. That would be two more games than the four initially expected after Miller violated the league's substance-abuse policy.

Harbaugh: Trade is a fresh start for all involved | CSN Bay Area
Coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday did not offer any explanation for A.J. Jenkins' failure with the 49ers.

First Take: Whether Seattle Seahawks overhyped - ESPN
You might have noticed ESPN's Skip Bayless suggesting the Seattle Seahawks would challenge within the AFC this coming season. The Seahawks left the AFC for the NFC in 2002, of course. Bayless went on "First Take" and said the AFC reference was a sarcastic comment pointing to overblown expectations for Seattle, as if Seahawks fans thought their team would be good enough to threaten in both conferences, not just its own.

On John Moffitt's departure from Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks were once counting on 2011 third-round choice John Moffitt to bolster their offensive line. They traded him to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday because their depth had improved and Moffitt never played well enough to win the job outright. He wasn't necessarily going to earn a spot on the initial 53-man roster.

Seahawks trade guard John Moffitt to Cleveland | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
J.R. Sweezy seems to have Seahawks’ right guard spot locked up after team trades John Moffitt to Browns for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

Rookie Benson Mayowa making his case with Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Benson Mayowa, a rookie free agent from Idaho, started for the Seahawks in their exhibition game against Denver. The results were mixed but Mayowa continues to make a positive impression.

Daryl Richardson will start Week 1 for St. Louis Rams -
So much for a running back competition in St. Louis. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that Daryl Richardson will get the nod Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Packers-Seahawks Preseason Week 3 Dope Sheet
Packers host Seahawks in home preseason finale

Ex-Rams GM: Raiders' Barron only cares about money -
The Raiders are taking their chances with former first-round bust Alex Barron. Ex-Rams GM Billy Devaney had Barron in St. Louis and had less than savory things to say about the left tackle.

Seahawks trade John Moffitt « Seahawks Draft Blog
The Seahawks and 49ers love to mimic each other. So after watching San Francisco swap receivers with Kansas City earlier, Seattle decided to make a deal too.

Monday thoughts « Seahawks Draft Blog
How many teams would Seattle’s backups defeat? I had a look and found ten I think they could genuinely compete with. Have a look for yourself.

Daryl Richardson's promotion sign of shift - NFC West Blog - ESPN
If anyone needed further proof that the Rams will take on a different look offensively this year, look no further than the man tasked with replacing all-time leading rusher Steven Jackson as the team’s starting running back.

Seahawks notebook: Carroll reviews win over Broncos -
"We take a lot of pride in this game," Carroll told "Brock and Danny" Monday. "This was a very, very talented football team that wanted to play well."

Rams' Tavon Austin getting comfortable - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Tavon Austin played nine offensive snaps and one special-teams play in the Rams’ preseason opener against Cleveland. For each of those 10 plays, Austin admits he felt a little bit uncomfortable.

Is the 2011 draft the worst of the Schneider-Carroll era? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks’ trade of John Moffitt to Cleveland for defensive end Brian Sanford signaled another player gone from Seattle’s 2011 draft class.

How Trading A.J. Jenkins for Jon Baldwin Impacts the San Francisco 49ers | Bleacher Report
After one brief season, the A.J. Jenkins experiment has come to an end in San Francisco. Earlier today, the 49ers confirmed on Twitter that they had sent Jenkins to the Kansas City Chiefs for wide receiver Jon Baldwin ...

Davis, Williams Reflect on Jenkins' Departure
Kyle Williams and Vernon Davis spoke about outgoing teammate A.J. Jenkins, who was traded Monday morning.

Defensive Depth Encourages 49ers
Vic Fangio discussed the quality competitions taking place across the defense and the tough decisions to be made when whittling a 90-man roster down to 53 players.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Eric Reid likely to start Sunday; is Asomugha gaining ground?
Vic Fangio today said that first-round draft pick Eric Reid likely will make his first start at free safety Sunday against the Vikings and that there's also been some recent separation in the competition to replace injured Chris Culliver as the No. 3 cornerback.

Spilled urine, diluted urine led to Von Miller mess | ProFootballTalk
When news surfaced this morning that Broncos linebacker Von Miller is facing a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, we noted that something out of the ordinary must have taken place: Usually, a first suspension under the league's substance-abuse policy is for four game...

True Receiving Yards, Version 2.0 – Career Rankings
On Thursday, Neil and I introduced you to the concept of True Receiving Yards. That’s required background reading, but in a nutshell, True Receiving Yards is designed to place all receivers since 1970 into the same environment. It starts with […]

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 Fumble Luck
This weekend I was finishing up Bill Connelly's new book Study Hall: College Football, Its Stats and Its Stories, which -- quick plug! -- is available in our web store for $8.99. I came upon this passage in one of the chapters breaking down the basics of advanced statistics, from our dear leader:

Denard of All Trades | The MMQB with Peter King
JENNY VRENTAS: Does being listed as the league’s first "offensive weapon" raise expectations for you? DENARD ROBINSON: I want to try to live up to those expectations.

Surprises, disappointments from the NFL preseason | Audibles -
The conclusion of the second week of the NFL preseason signals a slight turn for home in the preparation process. Training camps are winding down, and with their remaining exhibition games, front offices will work to pare down their rosters to the 53-man limit allowed come Week 1.

17-Day NFL Warning: 49ers and Chiefs Swap First-Round Busts, Continue Quest to Be Smartest Guy in the Room - 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