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Dan Pompei's Read-Option: Cordarrelle Patterson Primed for Breakout Campaign | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Byrne Identity: Ozzie Newsome Excited, Praises John Harbaugh And New Offense
The Ravens general manager details the personnel goals of the offseason, and feels the team is better.

The most overrated and underrated NFL players, team by team -
The NFL's most underrated player? A D-lineman without one sack last season. Overrated? A fading RB. Tony Romo also makes our team-by-team list, of course.

Vernon Davis 'won't lose sleep' over 49ers contract -
After skipping offseason practices, Vernon Davis says "it's not the end of the world" if he doesn't get a new contract. Can the 49ers expect him to be on hand for training camp?

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Catch Radius: Mike Wallace & Co. vs. Antonio Brown
This receiver has a huge catch radius. That guy knows how to high-point the football. How does he make the circus catch look so routine, but drops the easy ones? Why would anyone draft a 5-foot-9 receiver with a top 10 pick?

2015 NFL Draft: Washington Preview -
Though his abrupt departure from the University of Washington certainly left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Husky fans, there is no denying the restoration of talent that Steve Sarkisian brought to Seattle.

49ers tailgate party with roller coasters? $850 at Levi's Stadium - San Jose Mercury News
Now you can prepare for the roller-coaster ride of an NFL game by riding an actual roller coaster. But the cost might not be so thrilling.

For Richard Sherman, being No. 1 is plenty of fun | |
"Pete's huge into psychology," Sherman said. "He told us we were going to win it mid-last year.... He was like, 'We're not trying to just go for one, we're trying to go for multiples.' He tried to prepare our minds for a long run."

Wes Welker: Broncos ‘Kinda Got Lucky’ With Weather In AFC Championship Game | Denver Broncos |
Welker said “everything” went wrong in that game. “I think game-planning and the way we played from the first snap up until the last snap it just wasn’t us,” Welker said. “It wasn’t our night. Give the Seahawks credit. They got a lot of great players, and they showed it that day for sure.”

Former Seahawk Quinn lending local veteran a helping hand | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Brady Quinn was a Seahawk for only about five months, signed in the spring of 2013 to battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. It was a spot he ultimately lost when the team brought back Tarvaris Jackson, who beat out Quinn and went on to back up Russell Wilson as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Quinn, though, left town with a soft spot in his heart for the Northwest.

Seahawks' Mebane gets some deserved recognition -
Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane tops a list of the NFL's most underrated players that was put together recently by Pete Prisco of That makes this as good a time as any to acknowledge what Mebane means to Seattle.

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson has room to grow - ESPN
So, what -- if anything -- can Peterson do better? Apparently, more than you think.

Seahawks' Carpenter working hard to secure spot on O-line | - Sports
Alabama ties notwithstanding, James Carpenter isn’t going to be confused for Forrest Gump anytime soon, but the Seattle Seahawks guard did happily take a page out of the movie character’s playbook this offseason.

Rapid Development from Offensive Weapons Is Key to Rams Stealing NFC West Title | Bleacher Report
Ever since the St. Louis Rams drafted Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, expectations have been through the roof.

Wes Welker on Playbookgate: 'Mind games' common -
Wes Welker has now offered up his take on Playbookgate. The Broncos receiver doesn't know if the New England Patriots came into possession of New York Jets playbooks.

Johnny Manziel: I'm not going to change for anybody -
Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel has expressed a desire to wake up without seeing his name in the headlines. But the constant media attention doesn't appear to inspire an overhaul in his behavior.

Brandon Lloyd: Season away from NFL was a 'relief' -
Brandon Lloyd signed with the San Francisco 49ers in April after a season away from the NFL. Surprisingly, the past year was "kind of a relief" for the wide receiver. Does he have a shot at a roster spot?

Shutdown Corner's Overrated and Underrated: Backup QB | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From 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. OVERRATED AND UNDERRATED: Backup QB

Teddy Bridgewater using video games to prepare for rookie season | ProFootballTalk
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is going to be playing a lot of Madden football before training camp, but it isn’t because he’s shirking his responsibilities as a first-round pick.

Cardinals covered at safety until Tyrann Mathieu returns | ProFootballTalk
According to Darren Urban of the team’s official website, veteran safety Rashad Johnson figures to be ready to start training camp with the first team until Mathieu gets well.

NFL 101: Introducing the Basic Red-Zone Route Combinations | Bleacher Report
In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basic red-zone-route passing combinations to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level.

Top 5 Breakout Players of the 2014 – 2015 Season | Football Savages
Late June in the NFL, this is the worst time of the year. It’s like being in the middle of the desert without any water. So I’ve decided to rank my top five players that I expect to have a breakout season this year. The term breakout really just means taking their game to the next level, if one player is ranked higher than another on this list it does not mean that I think he will be a better player than the previous guy. It just means that I think that one person is more likely to have a breakout season. Here is the list.

2014 Pre-Pre-Season All Rookie-Team: Offense | Football Savages
Since we are in the heart of OTAs and we’re not talking about anything of value, here’s an arbitrary All-Rookie team, filled with my personal biases and probably some witty remarks:

What's It Like to Be Part of an NFL Training Camp Battle? | Bleacher Report
In the NFL, competition is everything. Training camp is the time of year when the intensity around position battles is ratcheted up.

Why I should be RG3's music producer -
It all started like most jobs do, with a highly polarizing, overrated quarterback posting an opportunity for employment on his Twitter feed.

Rams announce 2014 dates for throwback jerseys - Turf Show Times
The Rams are pulling out all the stop to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Greatest Show on Turf. That includes two games with glorious throwback jerseys.

NFL Network Top 100 features 8 San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation
NFL Network is back for another round of their Top 100. We take a look at the 49ers who gained inclusion.

Ranking all 32: Offensive Line | Football Savages
It all starts up front dammit! An entire article ranking the NFL’s best offensive line’s from 1 to 32. The formula for determining these rankings was film, some metrics, past scouting reports and gut feelings of the players. I will list the projected starters and include guys who could contribute before the season is over. Enough of this, let’s get started.