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Seahawks notes: Observations from the first day of OTAs - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks began defending their Super Bowl XLVIII championship Tuesday with the first of 10 organized OTAs (organized team activities), which marked the first time the entire team — with a few notable absences — took the field together in the leadup to the 2014 season.

Thiel: Seahawks back, prepping for the crucible | Sportspress Northwest
The champs are back in town 90 strong. It’s player development time for Coach Pete Carroll, who gushed about returning OG James Carpenter as if he found a new player.

Pete Carroll describes Terrelle Pryor as “exactly on the mark” | ProFootballTalk
“He’s been exactly on the mark,” Carroll told reporters on Tuesday.  “He’s studied like crazy, he’s taking great pride in being able to transition to a new team, his communication is on it, his attitude is good, his physical stuff is there, he’s a big thrower.  We know he can run, but we haven’t seen him run very much because you don’t get that until live situations, but he’s done an excellent job so far. He’s well along and he’s right in the middle of it already.  That’s tremendous to be that far along already.”

OTAs Day One: Five impressions from Jenks, Condotta | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Day one of Seattle’s OTAs are in the books. Here are five impressions from Times reporters Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

Earl Thomas: ‘I want to score a touchdown’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s what Earl Thomas had to say Tuesday:

Carroll on Carpenter, punt returners and five QBs | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s what Pete Carroll had to say Tuesday:

Pete Carroll likes what he’s seeing out of James Carpenter | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks declined a fifth-year option on James Carpenter, their first-round pick in the 2011 draft, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have high hopes for him in his fourth season.

Thomas may get 1st shot as Seahawks punt returner -
Apparently Earl Thomas' $40 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks did not mean fewer responsibilities on his plate. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday after the first organized team activity of the Seahawks' offseason program that Thomas would be the first up as punt returner right now. The question of who will return punts after the departure of Golden Tate in free agency is one of the few the Seahawks must answer this offseason.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Earl Thomas as punt returner?
All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas has been lobbying Pete Carroll to get his hands on the ball. It must have worked as the Seahawks’ coach says the line to replace Golden Tate as the punt returner will form behind Thomas.

The Devil vs. Richard Sherman | FiveThirtyEight
From the middle of the second millennium to the pontificate of John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church had an office of the promotor fidei (“promoter of the faith”). While this prelate’s role varied slightly from century to century, his primary function remained consistent: to ensure no one was elevated to the sainthood injudiciously. This meant seeking out and presenting the best possible arguments against each Servant of God, no matter how revered he or she may have been. Thus the office earned the nickname advocatus diaboli – the devil’s advocate.

Regina's Ryan relishes his date with Obama
The Seattle Seahawks are accustomed to spending time in Washington - the state, not the city.

Schneider on Garrett Scott | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Schneider told King about waiving Scott, but then keeping him on IR: “This enables him to go and see different experts and allows us to either assist in getting him back on the playing field in 2015, or helping him transition to his post-football career. We’re just blessed that our docs dug further into the player and hopefully helped save a life.” That quote seems to totally rule out any chance that things would change enough for him to get on the field in 2014, but indicates that the team isn’t ruling out that he has a chance to play later in his career.

Just another OTA? Not for Seahawks' Earl Thomas -
Earl Thomas is entering his fifth NFL season and is one of Seattle's longest-tenured players. He has on his resume three Pro-Bowl selections, a Super Bowl championship and the distinction of being the highest-paid safety in the league. Many consider him the best, too.

Welcome to the NFL...Here's Your 1st Playbook | Bleacher Report
As the transition to the NFL continues for rookies through OTAs, coaching sessions and the mandatory minicamps that will start next month, the playbook install is a vital piece of the developmental process.

Mike Holmgren once told Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to ‘bring it’
While talking about the Redskins last week, former NFL coach and executive Mike Holmgren got to talking about his own personal history with Daniel Snyder.

Which NFL teams have the most hope for the future? | : Mike Tanier Article
Through a proprietary method of ranking playoff appearances, Pro Bowl players, draft picks and general hope for the future, we've compiled our official Hope Index. Now you can look at any of the 32 NFL teams and know whether they should be excited for the future... or if it looks bleak.

Harbaugh: 'We've got some things we've got to resolve' | CSN Bay Area

2014 NFL offseason - Luke Kuechly among NFL's most overrated players - ESPN
His assignment may be more difficult than some of the league's other corners, but he has yet to perform at a level that puts him into the top echelon at the position. He surrendered seven touchdowns into his coverage -- tying for third most in the league -- while his 1.00 yards/cover snap tied for 15th. Using interception numbers to judge a cornerback may be even worse than using tackles for a linebacker, but Peterson got his hands on only nine passes (three intercepted, six passes defensed), a number you would expect to be a little higher for a top cornerback that was targeted 90 times.

Jacksonville Jaguars experimenting with new OTTO position
Gus Bradley brought the LEO position from the Seattle Seahawks last year, and defensive coordinator Bob Babich explained to 1010XL in Jacksonville that OTTO is an edge position, but he can play Strong or Weak side. “OTTO is a guy that’s going to be on the edge and we would like to have some pass-rush ability,” Babich said. “In a pinch, he could go in for a third-down situation. We’d like to blitz him off the edge. It’s something that’s new to us, so we’re still formulating exactly what he’s going to be. It’s gone really well. We think the guys have adjusted to it and our team is excited about it.

NFL's top receiving corps: Redskins, Bears lead the way -
Bucky Brooks ranks the NFL's five best receiving corps. Does the Chicago Bears' group, powered by the towering duo of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, stand above all others?

49ers attracted to Johnson's combination of size, speed | CSN Bay Area
The first thing that stands out about 49ers rookie cornerback Dontae Johnson is, of course, his size.

San Francisco 49ers at forefront of redshirting trend in NFL draft -
San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke is no stranger to adding a prospect who might not play a single snap the following season (see: Brandon Thomas). Albert Breer studies a new wrinkle in drafting.

Report: Davin Joseph, St. Louis Rams set to strike deal -
The Rams are reportedly set to sign former Buccaneers Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph. Does St. Louis now boast one of the NFL's deepest offensive lines?

Rams finalizing deal with OG Davin Joseph - NFC West Blog - ESPN
In search of some veteran depth for their offensive line, the St. Louis Rams are in the process of finalizing a one-year deal with guard Davin Joseph.

Andre Johnson headlines no-shows for Tuesday's OTAs -
Houston Texans star receiver Andre Johnson was absent from OTAs on Tuesday, as expected. Chris Wesseling tracks who else wasn't present, like the Chiefs' Brandon Flowers and Justin Houston.

Dion Jordan still toiling at DE for Miami Dolphins -
On the heels of an enigmatic rookie season, Dion Jordan resurfaced at the Miami Dolphins' OTAs. The second-year pass rusher added nearly 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason.

Tom Brady: You don't have to suck when you get old -
With most of the NFL set for organized team activities today, here's your roundup of eye-catching tidbits -- like Tom Brady's recent comments on expectations for older QBs in the NFL.

So what if Johnny hits Vegas or Marshawn skips the White House? -
How do you know it's the NFL dead season? The football world is obsessing over Johnny Football's Vegas trip and Marshawn Lynch skipping a trip to the White House.

Winston: 'Players are watching' to see how Goodell punishes Irsay -
Eric Winston, the new head of the NFLPA, said that if Roger Goodell is truly concerned about protecting the league's image, he needs to send a message when punishing Jim Irsay.

49ers LB Aldon Smith: 'I'm a good person' -
Despite his recent legal troubles, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith said he feels like he's a quality human being.

Second year spotlight: NFC East | National Football Post
Five players on the verge of breaking out in 2014.

A new approach to training camp | National Football Post
Why not institute just one cut period at the end of the preseason?

Source: Cardinals signing WR Kevin Ozier | National Football Post
Wide receiver signed after tryout

Alex Boone not at OTAs, reportedly wants a new contract | ProFootballTalk
It appears a member of the 49ers' starting offensive line is in the market for a new contract. Guard Alex Boone was not at the start of the team's organized team activities on Tuesday and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that he may miss the rest of them as well.

Jake Locker “felt really good” in return to field | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Jake Locker's future with the Titans is a bit uncertain after the team decided not to exercise the 2015 option on his contract. While it is unclear exactly what Locker might have to do to convince new coach Ken Whisenhunt, General Manager Ruston Webster and the rest of the Titans bra...

Seahawks wrap up draft class with signing of Kevin Norwood | ProFootballTalk
All nine draft picks for the Seattle Seahawks are now under contract.

The 2013 season in six minutes - NFL Videos