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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Happy Weekend, y'all.

Jonathan Ferrey


What to expect next season from the 2014 NFL Draft class -
The newest crop of NFL players has been drafted and fans would be wise to temper expectations. While many will develop into good NFL players down the road, few will make a major difference next season.

49ers' Marcus Lattimore ready to compete with Hyde -
Marcus Lattimore says he's had no problems with his knee. That didn't stop the San Francisco 49ers from drafting running back Carlos Hyde. Lattimore said he's looking forward to competing with the rookie runner.

Post-draft roster breakdown — Offense | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The draft, and the subsequent signing of undrafted free agents, puts an end to the major player acquisition phase of the season. Obviously, there can — and will be — changes between now and training camp. But in terms of the significant names, the roster is pretty set.

Boling: Minicamp first look through Seahawks’ offseason grab bag | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
For three days this weekend, we get to sort through the Seattle Seahawks’ shopping cart.

Tight-lipped Marshawn Lynch to tell his own tale via movie - San Jose Mercury News
Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch, an Oakland native and running back for the Seattle Seahawks, is known for not talking to the media. He has decided to break that silence. He's using a different medium though.

Cleveland Browns owner forces Johnny Manziel pick; Bills wanted No. 1 -
The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft could have played out much differently had some of these trades taken place.

Beast Mode: Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch to star in new big screen biopic - Local -
Marshawn Lynch usually avoids the spotlight off the field and resists talking to the press whenever he can, but now the Seahawks star is set to tell his story on the big screen. - Local at

Logan Thomas among top 2014 developmental rookies to watch - NFL - ESPN
Louis Riddick examines five players drafted on Day 3 who are good developmental prospects, including QB Logan Thomas.

Breaking Down the Seahawks' Potential Move to a More Dynamic Passing Offense | Bleacher Report
Ever since head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL.

Aldon Smith: Eager for truth to emerge | CSN Bay Area
Aldon Smith, who has become known as much for high-profile off-field incidents as his prodigious football talent, said he believes the public is getting only half the story.

Justin Britt Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
Seahawks offensive tackle and second round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft from Missouri, Justin Britt talks with the media following the first day of rookie minicamp at VMAC.

Keith Price Rookie Minicamp Press Conference
Undrafted free agent and former University of Washington quarter back Keith Price talks with the media as he begins rookie minicamp with the Seahawks.

Friday in Hawkville: Rookies come out of the chute in Seahawks fashion
The first practice in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp featured two elements that have helped make the Seahawks what they’ve become in four seasons under coach Pete Carroll – competition and tempo.

Seahawks sign Jimmy Staten and Kiero Small
On the first day of their rookie minicamp Friday, the Seahawks signed two of their third-day selections from last weekend’s NFL Draft – defensive tackle Jimmy Staten and fullback Kiero Small.

Paul Richardson’s wish is Keith Price’s demand
On one of the first plays of the first full-team drill during the first day of the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp, Keith Price didn’t have a second thought in going to Paul Richardson for a 65-yard touchdown pass.

Sixth-round pick Eric Pinkins signs with Seahawks
Eric Pinkins, the defensive back the Seahawks selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, has been busy this week completing his finals at San Diego State, agreeing to contract terms and signing his deal.

Seahawks Daily - Opening of Rookie Minicamp
The Seahawks opened their Rookie Minicamp as 59 individuals are on the roster for the three day camp, including the 9 drafted players.

Seahawks' Richardson makes speedy introduction -
Wide receiver Paul Richardson looked as fast as advertised as he turned in the most impressive play of the first day of the Seahawks' rookie minicamp. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

College coaches scout Deone Bucannon - NFC West Blog - ESPN
They either faced him or coached him.

Seahawks rookie minicamp: Keith Price takes his shot | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Former UW quarterback Keith Price is one of 59 players participating in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp at the VMAC, which began Friday and runs through Sunday.

Richardson, Marsh stand out on day one of rookie mini-camp - May 16, 2014
The first day of rookie mini-camp is in the books and a pair of draft picks were the standout players of the day.

Seahwaks Rookie Minicamp | Seahawks Photos | The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson makes a catch, Friday, May 16, 2014, during an NFL football rookie minicamp in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Wide outs stand out in first rookie minicamp practice | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Former UW quarterback Keith Price lofted deep touchdown passes to receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood to highlight the first day of the Seahawks’ three-day rookie minicamp at the team’s headquarters on Friday. The first was a 65-yard score that traveled 50 yards in the air and caught Richardson in stride as he raced past cornerback Eric Pinkins. The second was on a play when Price had to scramble from pressure (and likely would have been sacked in live action). He found Norwood deep, who also beat Pinkins to come down with the ball.

Seahawks loading up on receivers | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
A potential weakness left by Golden Tate’s departure is quickly turning into strength

Hallelujah, brothers and sisters, football is back | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
There’s no pads and no hitting (although some get carried away in the moment), but some actual Seahawks will be on the field this afternoon in the first workout of the three-day rookie minicamp at the Renton headquarters.

Pete Carroll after first day of rookie mini-camp: 'Fun to feel the energy of the young guys' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s more of what Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had to say today after the team’s first of three rookie mini-camp workouts today at the VMAC.

Quick mini-camp notes | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The first day of Seattle’s rookie mini-camp has completed. Here are a few quick notes.

Notes and quotes from Day 1 of Seahawks rookie minicamp | - Seattle Sidelines
We’ll jump right into things with this in-depth piece of analysis that you won’t find anything else: Paul Richardson is fast. Really fast.

Arizona Cardinals GM: 'We liked Blake Bortles a lot' -
Cardinals GM Steve Keim told Adam Schein on Friday that Blake Bortles was the only QB in the first round the team was "focused on." Arizona ended up with Logan Thomas in the fourth round of the draft.

Price launches, Seahawks’ top draftee catches | Sportspress Northwest
Discerning NFL fans don’t put a lot of stock in a three-day rookie camp, particularly when it’s 59 guys competing for a handful of spots on the roster and practice squad of a Super Bowl champion. That doesn’t mean there aren’t moments that tantalize.

San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith: 'I'm a good person' -
San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith has had a tumultuous offseason, including the accusation he made a false bomb threat at LAX. Smith maintains the truth will eventually emerge.

Michael Sam docu-series on Oprah network postponed -
It looks like fans won't be getting an inside look at Michael Sam's journey as a St. Louis Rams rookie. The Oprah Winfrey Network says it has postponed the docu-series.

Jets claim Daryl Richardson off waivers from Rams -
The New York Jets added Daryl Richardson to their crowded backfield on Friday, only one day after the St. Louis Rams parted ways with the running back. Richardson joins a backfield that includes CJ2K and Chris Ivory.

Ryan: Jets 'might consider' Tajh Boyd at other position -
While stating that Tajh Boyd is "100 percent quarterback" for the New York Jets, coach Rex Ryan also hinted the rookie could move to another position. What does Boyd think about a switch?

Greg Little released by Cleveland Browns -
The Browns released wide receiver Greg Little on Friday. Less than 24 hours after signing veteran free agents Miles Austin and Earl Bennett, the drop-prone Little will exit Cleveland.

Marcus Lattimore ready to compete with Carlos Hyde -
Marcus Lattimore says he's had no problems with his knee. That didn't stop the San Francisco 49ers from drafting running back Carlos Hyde. Lattimore said he's looking forward to competing with the rookie runner.

NFLPA subtly asks agents to reconsider sending players to Saints -
The NFLPA and the Saints have engaged in a war of words based on workman's comp issues.

Draft Review: AFC North | National Football Post
In an division open for the taking, how did the teams do on Draft weekend?

2014 NFL Draft: Rookies most likely to succeed are... -
The skill positions get all the media hype, but the offensive rookie likely to have the most significant impact in the NFL next season? Tackle Jake Matthews has the bloodlines, talent and opportunity to make an immediate difference for the Atlanta Falcons.

Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Teddy Bridgewater lead Offensive Rookie of the Year race after 2014 NFL draft | Audibles -
Curious about the evolution of offense in the NFL? Look no further than the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which has mimicked the changes ongoing throughout the league. From the first vote in 1967 through 2002, running backs took home the award 29 times.

NFL Weekend Notes: Josh McCown, Chuck Pagano, Greg Hardy and more | The MMQB with Peter King
It’s the weekend, and if you’re here reading this on either Saturday or Sunday, you might be a hopeless shut-in who watches NFL Network in May (even after the draft) and swears this is the year for the Browns/Vikings/Jaguars/Raiders. Or you might be my grandma.

Deone Bucannon, Trai Turner, Carlos Hyde could have biggest draft impacts for NFC teams | Audibles -
Teams always tell you that they don't draft for need in a general sense, but after draft picks are made, it's always easy enough to circle back and get coaches and general managers to admit that they did indeed go in certain positional directions. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Sammy Watkins, Darqueze Dennard, Johnny Manziel headline AFC's biggest draft impact players | Audibles -
Teams always tell you that they don’t draft for need in a general sense, but after draft picks are made, it’s always easy enough to circle back and get coaches and general managers to admit that they did indeed go in certain positional directions. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates: Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack lead way | Audibles -
The past seven Defensive Rookie of the Year winners have all come from Round 1 of the NFL draft. And not since the Jets' Erik McMillan in 1988 has the player who claimed that award been selected outside of the first two rounds -- McMillan was a third-rounder, though his spot at pick 63 would fal...