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Ranking the NFL's best and worst special teams. | : Mike Tanier Article
Welcome back to Ranking Files, an ongoing Mandatory Monday feature that rates the NFL's best and worst units. It has come to my attention that most of you are either watching soccer or preparing for some Independence Day weekend rowdiness, so this is as good a week as any to bury (Cover! I meant cover!) the special teams.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and the business of football
Russell Wilson is a test study in the nature vs. nurture argument. And nurture is winning. After being selected in the third round of the 2012 National Football League draft, Wilson told Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, “I can be the starting quarterback on this team.”

Carson Palmer by the numbers: Looking at play action passing - Revenge of the Birds
We continue breaking down numbers for the Cardinals starting QB.

49ers sign Al Netter for 90th roster spot - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers filled out their 90-man roster on Monday, re-signing guard Al Netter. He is likely a camp body with a limited chance at a spot on the 53-man roster.

NFL prohibiting non-standard facemasks -
Several players, Justin Tuck among them, have donned non-standard, oversized facemasks in past seasons. However, the NFL will ban such iterations for the 2014 season due to safety concerns.

Broncos' Von Miller: NFC West is NFL's toughest division -
The AFC West might be a great division, but Broncos linebacker Von Miller knows the four teams will have a tough out of conference schedule this season.

Jordan Cameron impossible to cover this offseason? -
Entering his contract year, Jordan Cameron scored well on Around The League's recent tight end rankings, while the Browns' official website raved about his improved footwork and explosion.

2015 NFL Draft: Washington State Preview -
Mike Leach helped the Cougars regain some snarl in his second year as head coach, leading the team to their first bowl game (and first round pick in the NFL draft) in a decade. There is intriguing talent blooming in the Palouse to suggest even bigger things are on the horizon.

Peter King visits Canada for CFL's opening weekend of football | The MMQB with Peter King
REGINA, Saskatchewan — So I didn’t see art this weekend in my two Canadian Football League experiences. One game was 29-1 (I love the rouge) in the final minute, Calgary over Montreal and new import Chad “Humble Pie” Johnson.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Factors: Tavon Austin
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

Shutdown Corner's Overrated and Underrated: 2014 AFC storylines | 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.

SMU running back likely to enter supplemental draft | ProFootballTalk
According to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, it appears SMU running back Traylon Shead will enter the process for players who weren’t eligible for the spring version.

Alouettes G.M.: Every NFL team should be after Duron Carter | ProFootballTalk
“Every NFL team should be after Cris Carter’s son. Duron Carter is a phenomenal athlete. He’s got every measurable,” Popp said. “He’s fast, 6-foot-4, can be a punt returner in the NFL with his size, can run with the ball, has got tremendous body control. When he got on the field last year for us he was just phenomenal. And hopefully he stays healthy this year. He’ll be a highly, highly sought after, Cam Wake kind of guy. This is Duron’s second year, and another year is going to be great for him. But this guy can go in and be a one or two guy. He is phenomenal. He can’t finish in the CFL season and then go to NFL in 2014, but teams could sign him to a futures deal for 2015.”

2014 NFL Rookies Who Already Look Like Draft Steals | Bleacher Report
NFL personnel departments spent all year trying to determine which prospects held the most value in the 2014 draft, but the evaluation of those players didn't end with the selection meeting.

Power Ranking Every Coaching Staff Heading into the 2014 NFL Season | Bleacher Report
The players ultimately play the game, but coaching staffs certainly have a lot to do with success and failure in the NFL.

Average margins in Wins and Losses —
Okay, some fun trivia to kick off the week. Do you know which team last year had the worst points differential in games they lost? I’ll put the answer in spoiler tags.

Brandon Flowers: “I am the best corner in football” | ProFootballTalk
“First off, let me must say, I am the best corner in football,” Flowers said on NFL Network, via the Kansas City Star.

For Richard Sherman, being No. 1 is plenty of fun | |
After romping and laughing with kids at William & Mary's football camp Monday, loquacious cornerback Richard Sherman revealed a key to the Seattle Seahawks' defensive success.

Healthy and lighter, Jesse Williams hopes to make an impact | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Climbing up Jesse Williams’ right calf is his most recent tattoo. He’s a large man — 6-foot-3 and about 312 pounds after losing about 20 — largely covered by tattoos.

SEATTLE: Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson likely at end of his career | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Michael Robinson sat down in the media workroom at Seahawks headquarters recently and grabbed a roster. He looked through the list, not knowing some of the names but glad no one was listed next to No. 26, his former number.

Parramatta Eels link with NFL Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks in quest to reach top
It is a measure of Parramatta's ambition that, as they were collecting their second consecutive wooden spoon, they knocked on the door of the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks filling holes, adding depth with redshirt players
Monday metatarsal musings: The Seahawks lost a lot in free agency, but they’ve also gained a lot by getting back players who missed last season or were limited contributors because of injuries.

Seahawks' No. 7 all-time player - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The countdown continues on my list of the top 10 Seahawks in franchise history. Current players on the Super-Bowl winning team are not included. One other requirement is the man had to play at least five seasons for the Seahawks.