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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

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Nice lil' Sunday.

Defensive Risers and Fallers: Which Teams Have Been Drafting Defensive Talent? | RotoViz
One of the things I want to have a handle on, before I finalize any rankings for 2014, is some sense as to which defenses will be improving or declining. This information will hopefully be valuable for a few reasons. First, there’s a chance I might be able to find a great fantasy defense based on the information I find. Last year I owned KC in every league and they were almost as valuable for me as Josh Gordon was. However, I’m willing to admit I may have just gotten lucky with that pick. But I also plan to use the information to pick my QB, as I try to settle on one that will have to score to keep pace with a horrible defense. Another application is that I can incorporate defense quality into an improved Strength of Schedule expectation.

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore nears end of long road back from knee injury
Marcus Lattimore always envisioned going to New York City and striding across the Radio City Music Hall stage as a first-round draft pick. After all, he was a high school and college legend in the fertile football state of South Carolina.

Andy Dalton has a reputation to fix ... quickly -
With quarterbacks judged by their playoff success, Andy Dalton has quickly become an "underachiever" and some are ready to run him out of Cincinnati. Is it deserved and can he turn things around in 2014?

Can Rob Housler turn things around? - Revenge of the Birds
The Arizona tight end has consistently disappointed.

ESPN Future Power Rankings: Building to Betterment - Turf Show Times
ESPN's 3-year outlook power rankings are out, and...the Rams are getting some love!

Alex Boone could be settling into the long haul with his holdout - Niners Nation
49ers offensive guard Alex Boone is reportedly set on missing the opening of training camp in hopes of getting a new contract. What could this all mean?

Irvin Tweets hip feels '100 times better' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
One of the bigger injury-related questions for the Seahawks as training camp nears on July 25 is the status of linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin, who had hip surgery in the spring. Coach Pete Carroll said at the end of mini-camp that Irvin might be the most questionable of any of Seattle's injured players — of which...

Schedule breakdown: Denver Broncos | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Heading into camp, we’ll take a quick look through the opponents on the 2014 schedule.

Colts could have short leash for Trent Richardson -
The Colts could have a short leash for running back Trent Richardson in 2014.

Team preview: Dallas Cowboys | National Football Post
On the hot seat, can Romo and Garrett get the Cowboys back to the playoffs?

Brock Vereen: NFL Rookie Symposium from perspective of Bears' rookie | The MMQB with Peter King
By Brock Vereen Begin with the end in mind. 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Aeneas Williams repeated this message as he wrapped up the first session of the NFL Rookie Symposium for the NFC teams. After three long days of presentations, meetings and panels, we heard the most important lesson of all.

Will Vernon Davis show up for training camp? | ProFootballTalk
With 49ers guard Alex Boone reportedly intent on holding out of training camp until he gets a new deal, the bigger question for the franchise is whether tight end Vernon Davis will do the same. Davis has sent mixed signals in recent weeks regarding his intentions and his objectives.

Tomlin says Archer will play running back and receiver | ProFootballTalk
Steelers rookie third-rounder Dri Archer recently said he's not sure what his duties will be in his first NFL season, but that he expects to have a big role.  His coach provided some clarity on Friday.

Fantasy: Running Back Workload (FBG) —
Over at, I try to unravel the relationship between workload and age. Eight years ago, Doug wrote three articles on the topic; sadly, I’m not sure we’ve come very far since then. So I decided to at least begin the process of measuring how much of an impact “mileage” really has on running backs.

The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap - Going Deep -

Raymond Summerlin dives into the numbers to see if tight ends really have an elevated chance of breaking out their second season.