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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Thursday

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Tavon Austin: Rookie season 'pretty big adjustment' -
Rams wideout Tavon Austin admits last season was a struggle until he "eventually caught on and the game settled down." Can we expect big things from the pass-catcher in Year 2?

Hawk Talk highlights: Defensive-line rotation -
Highlights from the latest edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil:

Mel Kiper's early ranking of top RB prospects for 2015 NFL draft - ESPN
Soon after the 2014 NFL draft concluded I released my "too-early" Big Board for the 2015 NFL draft, a ranking that includes players who will be underclassmen during the 2014 college football season. It goes without saying that these rankings are preliminary, as I have hundreds of hours of evaluation ahead on the 2015 class.

WR Size: Is It Valid Analysis? By Chase Stuart and Matt Waldman | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Matt Waldman: Stats Ministers and Their Church I'm a fan of applying analytics to football. Those who do it best possess rigorous statistical training or are disciplined about maintaining limits with its application. Brian Burke wrote that at its core, football analytics is no different than the classic scientific method. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are some…

Can Michael Bowie claim Seahawks' right-tackle job? -
Seahawks right tackle Michael Bowie more than held his own when pressed into action as a rookie last season while starter Breno Giacomini was out with an injury.

Review: San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen's Rookie Year - Bolts From The Blue
Kyle uses his method to breakdown Keenan Allen's first year with the San Diego Chargers and frame expectations for the next.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Tom Cable likes what he's seeing from Justin Britt and Garry Gilliam
Grooming rookie tackles is nothing new for line coach Tom Cable. Last year, it was Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey, who ended up playing a lot for the Super Bowl champions. This year, it’s Justin Britt and Garry Gilliam.

Seahawks' Terrelle Pryor has 'breakthrough' in Seattle -
Despite his early struggles with the Seahawks, athletic signal-caller Terrelle Pryor reportedly has "made as much progress as anyone over the past month" in Seattle.

Young Seahawks who looked good in OTAs - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Thursday is the last day of organized team activities for the Seahawks before the mandatory three-day minicamp next week. Here are a six young players who stood out:

Draft Pick Signing Status and Contract Conditions - Over the Cap
I had a request to try to show some of the various draft statuses of the 2014 picks and look a bit deeper into the numbers so we’ll break this down into rounds a few copied tables from Excel that I keep for my own records. This data was current as of June 9, 2014 so any players who signed since then won’t be listed.

Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman gives up plane seat for Marine - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman probably knows better than anyone on his team what it feels like to be overlooked. So when he was on the same flight as a Marine on Sunday, he decided to show his appreciation.

Seahawks Daily - Standouts During OTAs
Jesse Williams, Christian Michael and Korey Toomer have all jumped out at the coaching staff during OTAs after not seeing much playing time in 2013.

Five more players who have helped themselves during OTAs | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Yesterday, we wrote about five players (which turned out to be six) whose stock has risen during OTAs.

Report: Marshawn Lynch may skip mini-camp | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
There has been widespread speculation that the high cap number in 2015 could mean the team might release Lynch, or seek to restructure his deal, after the 2014 season as he turned 28 in April, an age when tailbacks often begin to decline. Seattle drafted Christine Michael in the second round in 2013, many viewing him as a potential successor to Lynch. With Lynch missing OTAs, Michael is sharing reps at tailback with Robert Turbin, who was taken in the fourth round in 2012. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said at the team’s annual Town Hall meeting last week that the team might go with a tailback-by-committee approach in 2014. But he softened on that stance Monday saying he meant that only in relation to the team’s current workouts and the fact that others are taking all the practice snaps with Lynch absent.

Video: Okung takes a BP hack | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Russell Wilson, Russell Okung, Cliff Avril and Brandon Mebane were at the Mariners’ game Wednesday. Following urging from Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Okung stepped into the batter’s box. As a joke, the first pitch was thrown inside. He made contact with the next, which left him excited. The right-handed power bat the Mariners have been searching for? (Forgive the shaky video shot from a phone while on crutches)

Lombardi Trophy about to hit the road | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks announced the schedule for this year’s “12 Tour,” which will have a shiny addition.

Mailbag -- Is Colin Kaepernick's deal a new model? - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick's six-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers could be as much of a game-changer as his style of play.

Is Christine Michael Really Ready to Take Carries from Marshawn Lynch? | Bleacher Report
When offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told a group of season-ticket holders that the Seattle Seahawks are “going to be a running back by committee” team (via Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times), second-year halfback Christine Michael became the talk of the town.

Nine takeaways from Wednesday's OTAs, minicamps -
The Panthers arguably will field the thinnest group of wide receivers in 2014. Is Cam Newton worried? ATL's Marc Sessler has the answer to that, as well as eight other takeaways from Wednesday.

Arians: Coaches will make up for Washington's loss -
The Arizona Cardinals boasted one of the top defenses in 2013. Bruce Arians' told Kimberly Jones the production was because of coaching, not the athletic ability of Daryl Washington.

Jason Licht: Bucs, Cards talked Mike Glennon trade -
Buccaneers GM Jason Licht confirmed Tuesday that he had conversations with the Arizona Cardinals about a Mike Glennon trade before the draft. What is Glennon's future in Tampa?

Time to overhaul (install?) system of NFL player-agent money dealings -
The Jackson-Rosenhaus 'bribe' dispute casts light on shady player-agent dealings. It's time to eliminate loopholes and limit an agent's role to negotiating contracts.

5 Toughest Challenges for Rookies | National Football Post
Rookies may have the physical tools to make it but usually struggle in non-football areas.

Shutdown Corner's Overrated and Underrated: Greatest NFL games | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
The significance of this playoff game in early 1987 between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns is that it came to harden two ideas in NFL fans’ minds: that John Elway was the best in the clutch and that the Browns were doomed to fail. That duality is why this fairly overrated game in the NFL annals has come to last for generations as one of its best.

Drew Brees: Marques Colston has route “guidelines,” not “rules” | ProFootballTalk
“We just tell those guys, you’re a rules guy and not a guidelines guy,” Brees said. “There’s guys that are rules guys — in other words, this is the rule, this is the way it is on paper, this is the way you do it — and there’s other guys that are guidelines guys, like here’s kind of what’s in the framework of these guidelines as to how this route is to be run, but if you feel something or see something and you’re on the same page as the quarterback, then you, by all means, do it. “Marques is a guidelines guy.”

Cam Newton says he’s not concerned about his contract | ProFootballTalk
A week after the 49ers signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a team-friendly deal, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may have to fend off an effort to get him to accept a similar structure.  Other young franchise quarterbacks may have to do the same thing.

Previewing the World Cup by NFL Divisions —
The Super Bowl is a football competition decided by a series of single-elimination playoff games played after 32 teams attempt to qualify from eight groups of four teams each. That’s the World Cup, too!

Learning lessons from Pete Carroll’s Seahawks | Seahawks Draft Blog
The Seahawks are a team that broke away from conventional wisdom. That’s well publicised by now. It’s almost a little tiresome to keep bringing it up.

Seahawks star Michael Bennett set to hold camp on Oahu |

As Kona native, two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger and his reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks continue OTA’s in Washington, another world champion is in the process of making Hawai’i his home base.