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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

Christian Petersen

Monday is my favorite time of year.

Indiana’s Cody Latimer another receiver to watch out for | Seahawks Draft Blog
Yeah, this receiver class is as good as we thought it was. With every week that goes by, the decision to let Golden Tate walk makes more and more sense.

Seahawks free agency tracker — Day 20 | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The free agency period enters its fourth week Tuesday. And while the activity has begun to slow down, I figured it was again time to update the tracker. There are a few new contract numbers added, and it also reflects the signings of the last week — specifically, Seattle signing CB Phillip Adams and the Browns signing OL Paul McQuistan.

Sunday Rams notes: High hopes for Austin - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The past week saw the St. Louis Rams finally dip their toes into the free-agent pool, signing a pair of veterans in defensive tackle Alex Carrington and quarterback Shaun Hill and taking a flyer on under-the-radar youngsters in cornerback Greg Reid and linebacker Etienne Sabino.

Why Being Short Doesn't Matter for Top Cornerback Prospects | Bleacher Report
The NFL has a new obsession—tall cornerbacks. Ever since the Seattle Seahawks battled conventional wisdom and built their defense from the outside in with Richard Sherman (6’3”) and Brandon Browner (6’4”), the rest of the league has been trying to play catch-up.

Marc Trestman details ideal Chicago Bears' backup QB -
The shrinking backup market might leave the Chicago Bears thin in the quarterback meeting room. Coach Marc Trestman described what type of player he's looking to add as Jay Cutler's backup.

Pro days notebook | National Football Post
Quarterback workouts are structured for success.

The Devaluation of the NFL Running Back - Over the Cap
It was not that long ago that the NFL Running Back was considered one of the premier pay positions in the league. The runners were the star of the team and were considered to go hand in hand with the QB position. For a pretty long period of time the great teams in the NFL were a partnership of quarterback and running back and the running back was a premier pay and draft position. But a number of factors ranging from rules changes to injuries to advances in analytics used in roster management the running back has become one of the lesser valued spots in the NFL. As free agency now draws to a close I think we can say that the position may have hit rock bottom.

With DeSean gone, Sproles takes on greater importance in Philly | ProFootballTalk
“Totally different positions,” Kelly said, via Ed Kracz of the Burlington County (N.J.) Times. “Darren is a running back, DeSean a wideout, so our whole thing, and I mentioned it when we got Darren, we’re excited about him, but we’ve got a long way to go before we play a game so let’s get him in here. Let’s go through phase one, OTA, minicamp, and all that, and find out what his strengths are and play to them, but I’m real excited with the addition and what he can give us.”

Dee Ford says he can fit in a 3-4 | ProFootballTalk
“The question that I am being sick of asked,” Ford said. “Can I fit in a 3-4 defense? Yes, I could fit in a 3-4 defense. I am an athlete that has played defensive end my entire life, that’s just the way it is.”

Jets G.M. John Idzik apparently not sold on DeSean Jackson | ProFootballTalk
Jets owner Woody Johnson has publicly acknowledged the team’s interest, but according to, when the Jets had internal discussions about acquiring Jackson, Idzik wasn’t swayed.

2014 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Who Are the Experts Picking? | Bleacher Report
With free agency winding down and the draft almost a month away, it's time to round up some of the brightest minds within the NFL draft world and display their picks side-by-side for the entire first round.

NFL Draft Preview: Patriots - Draft Decisions -
Josh Norris and Evan Silva preview what positions and prospects the New England Patriots could target in May's draft, with one being DT.

NFL Draft Preview: Jets - Draft Decisions -
Josh Norris and Evan Silva preview what positions and prospects the New York Jets could target in May's draft.

NFL Draft Preview: Eagles - Draft Decisions -
Josh Norris and Evan Silva preview what positions and prospects the New England Patriots could target in May's draft, with one being Edge Rusher.