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Tom Pennington


Marshawn Lynch in attendance for Seahawks mini-camp - June 17, 2014
RB Marshawn Lynch showed up to mini-camp after all.

News, notes and quotes from Day 1 of minicamp | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Rookie Kevin Norwood was again effective. Throw it at him, he catches it.

Marshawn Lynch back with Seahawks, just not in action -
"We expect him to come right back in and battling and doing the things that he does," Carroll said.

Seattle Seahawks' Steven Hauschka kicks at Seahawks minicamp on Tuesday.
Robert Turbin continues to impress, hitting holes much quicker than fellow running back Christine Michael on Tuesday while looking much more polished in the passing game. Second-year back Spencer Ware also looked good in limited snaps during 11-on-11 drills.

Five mini-camp impressions from Jenks, Condotta | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Continuing what is becoming a tradition, here are five impressions from today’s Seahawks mini-camp from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson named NFL’s ‘Good Guy’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was tabbed as one of the NFL’s most agreeable players when he was named the 2013 Good Guy Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America on Tuesday.

Seahawks release ex-UW quarterback Keith Price | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks’ relationship with former University of Washington star quarterback Keith Price was brief.

The A-Z on how the Seahawks got their name
Seattle had an NFL franchise in 1975, but not a name for the team that would begin playing during the 1976 season. That changed in a big way when the fans were asked to submit suggestions – and 153 proposed Seahawks.

Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans reach rookie deal -
The Tennessee Titans reached agreement with second-round pick Bishop Sankey on a rookie contract. Will the running back be among the Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates this season?

Eight hyper-familiar storylines of minicamp season -
Every spring, NFL players report to OTAs and mandatory minicamps saying the same things they said the year before, and the year before that. Let's examine some of these familiar NFL storylines.

Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers headed for 2015 split? -
Niners guard Mike Iupati has emerged as one of the NFL's finest interior linemen over the past few years. But is he entering his final season in San Francisco?

Ryan Fitzpatrick named Houston Texans' starting QB -
Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Tuesday that veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick has won Houston's starting quarterback role. "He's a guy that earned the job," the first-year coach said.

LeSean McCoy: DeSean Jackson release made 'all of the guys aware' -
LeSean McCoy feels the Eagles were put on notice when DeSean Jackson was released.

Bill Belichick prefers to have NFL Draft in April -
Ratings may have been through the roof last month, but for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the preference is to move the NFL Draft back to April

Shutdown Corner's Overrated and Underrated: NFL uniforms | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
This offseason, Shutdown Corner's Frank Schwab and Eric Edholm will look into what is overrated and underrated in all aspects of the NFL. We fully expect your angry emails and comments that are sure to follow.

After pay cut, Kiwanuka calls NFL contracts "unfair to players" | ProFootballTalk
Just because Mathias Kiwanuka agreed to the pay cut he took to stay with the Giants this year, that doesn't mean he's happy about it. Kiwanuka railed against NFL contracts in general and the situation he found himself in specifically when he saw his pay for 2014 slashed from $4.375 million to $1.

Alex Boone also skips mandatory minicamp | ProFootballTalk
49ers tight end Vernon Davis kept everyone guessing about whether he'd show up for a mandatory minicamp.  49ers guard Alex Boone didn't. With no mixed messages or conflicting signals, Boone didn't show up for the team's mandatory three-day minicamp, according to Matt Maiocco of

Vernon Davis a no-show at 49ers minicamp | ProFootballTalk
Tight end Vernon Davis wavered a bit about his intentions to report to this week's 49ers mandatory minicamp, but he ultimately came down on the side of staying away. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Davis is not at practice on Tuesday, a move he foreshadowed in a column for TheMMQB.

A healthy Aaron Rodgers can keep the Packers atop their division. | : Dan Pompei Article
The Packers rarely make a splash in free agency, but they did sign Julius Peppers. Much of the team that keeps winning the NFC North is back too, and there's nothing they could do that would have as much impact as a healthy Aaron Rodgers would.

The Rams and Buccaneers Create New Model Contracts for Draft Picks - Over the Cap
Normally we don’t spend too much time with the particulars of individual rookie signings but in the last few days I thought two interesting contracts came through that were worth discussing.

Advanced Football Analytics (formerly Advanced NFL Stats): Sun Tzu on Analytics

Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.

ESPN Wisconsin - 06/16/14 Moving in, moving up
"Chris has really improved," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after watching Harper make several terrific catches during the June 3 open OTA practice. "I still go back to his K-State film. You talk about a very talented, powerful, young player. He looks more and more comfortable with what we’re asking him to do, and I don’t think that was the case last year when he came here. So he’s having a very good offseason."

Vernon Davis of San Francisco 49ers a no-show for minicamp - ESPN
Tight end Vernon Davis did not show up for the San Francisco 49ers' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Can the Arizona Cardinals climb into contention in the NFC West? - Turf Show Times
Coming off a 10-win season, the Arizona Cardinals look like a team that's ready to surprise football fans. TST sits down with Jess Root of Revenge of the Birds for a sneak peak at Arizona's 2014.

Russell Wilson to Golden Tate – PRE SNAP READS FAVORITE PLAYS OF THE 2013 NFL SEASON | Pre Snap Reads
Recently I wrote a piece about the Seattle Seahawks offense moving forward and how Russell Wilson was already one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. One of the main arguments against Wilson being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL is how often he is asked to throw.

Niners' Eric Wright contemplating retirement from NFL -
After Eric Wright failed to show for Tuesday's minicamp practice, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh announced that the veteran cornerback is pondering retirement.