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2014 Pass/Run Rate Projections - Going Deep -
30. Seahawks - 2014 Projection: 55% pass (2013: 52%) The Super Bowl champion Seahawks ran the ball slightly more in 2013 than they did in 2012. The key word there is “slightly”, as we barely saw movement in their pass/run rate despite holding a lead on 58 percent of their offensive snaps, compared to 41 percent in 2012. Seattle actually tweaked their 2013 philosophy to lean more on Russell Wilson’s arm in his second season. After calling pass at a rate six percentage points below expected in 2012, Seattle was at three percent in 2013. This is a club that wants to lean on the run, but not as much as the raw numbers indicate. Seattle figures to be among the league’s top teams again this season, but this is a clear indicator that Wilson will be trusted to throw it plenty in competitive games.

Bucky's Best, Hands Edition: Jordy Nelson, A.J. Green in the mix -
Alshon Jeffery enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign for the Chicago Bears, making acrobatic catches look frighteningly routine. So, who has the best mitts in the NFL? Bucky Brooks provides his rankings.

Preseason Look: Brett Hundley - Out Of The Box -
Cian Fahey details areas of success and improvement for UCLA QB Brett Hundley.

Finding the Fits: Rookie Kony Ealy will reward Panthers' patience -
This article is one of a 32-part series in which the goal is to identify one relatively unheralded player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft who appears to be an especially good schematic fit with his new NFL team.

Seattle Seahawks' top plays: Immaculate Deflection - ESPN
This is the second of three nominations for the most memorable play in Seattle Seahawks history. The first play was Steve Largent’s bone-jarring revenge hit on Broncos safety Mike Harden in 1988. On Wednesday, we will feature Marshawn’s Lynch’s Beast Quake 67-yard touchdown run in playoffs against the Saints.

Seattle Seahawks bringing Super Bowl trophy to Portland - KPTV - FOX 12
Attention, Seahawks fans: the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are bringing the Lombardi Trophy to the Portland metro area this week.

Percy Harvin Will Deliver Big For Seattle Seahawks This Year - Emerald City Swagger - A Seattle Sports Site - Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Gonzaga Bulldogs
Fact: Percy Harvin is the NFL’s most dynamic offensive threat.  He can play wideout, he can play in the slot, he can run out of the backfield, and he can return kicks.  You can draw up sweep plays for him, screen passes, misdirections, and draws.  There is nothing the guy can’t do.

Seattle Seahawks coach thought Aussie NFL player Jesse Williams was ‘done’ after pre-season injury | The Courier-Mail
WHEN Australian Seattle Seahawks recruit Jesse Williams suffered a season-ending injury last year and returned to Australia for his rehabilitation, his coach Pete Carroll was not optimistic about the Queenslander’s chances of playing a game in the NFL.

Rice an overlooked signing? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Given that it’s early July and little really going on in the NFL, there wasn’t much out there today about the Seahawks.

Bobby Wagner Visits Canada on the 12 Tour
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner visited Vancouver and Victoria over the weekend to meet with Canadian 12s.

Bruce Irvin Visits Canada on the 12 Tour
Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin visited Vancouver and Victoria over the weekend to meet with Canadian 12s.

Jermaine Kearse Visits Canada on the 12 Tour
Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse traveled to Vancouver, B.C. as part of the 12 Tour and Russell Wilson Passing Academy.

Bryan Walters Visits Canada on the 12 Tour
As part of the Seahawks 12 Tour and Russell Wilson Passing Academy, Bryan Walters was in Vancouver, B.C. for the weekend meeting with 12s from up north.

Seahawks Sign Three-Year Sponsorship With Parent Company Of Coinstar, Redbox - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global

The Seahawks have signed Outerwall to a three-year sponsorship deal valued annually in the low seven figures, a first for the Washington-based company that owns the Coinstar and Redbox kiosks

Bargain Hunting: Why You Should Draft Joique Bell | Fantasy Football
The guy who finished 2013 as fantasy football’s 15th highest scoring running back was largely a complementary player who, in point per reception (PPR) leagues, notched one fantasy point for every single time he touched the football.

Could Kyle Rudolph break out under new Vikings OC Norv Turner?
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has spent a lot of time watching tape of Jordan Cameron's big 2013 season with the Cleveland Browns, but his study of Norv Turner's past offenses has gone a lot further back than that. Turner has made sure of it.

Cleveland Runs - The Smash Mouth -
Lance Zierlein sees a lot of fantasy football upside in the Browns' 2014 zone rushing attack.

No Offense, But The Green Bay Packers Outshine The Seattle Seahawks On Offense - Oregon Sports News
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a great quarterback. There. I said it. And I mean it. I also mean it when I say, “He’s no Aaron Rodgers.”

NFL Rookies Turning Heads Before Training Camps Even Begin | Bleacher Report
With training camp a little over two weeks away, the focus of the NFL offseason is starting to shift from a relatively quite period to an extremely busy one. Johnny Manziel and the rest of the partygoers in the NFL better make their final weekends count, because the battle for their livelihoods are right around the corner.

Making the Leap, No. 4: Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell -
Le'Veon Bell worked his way into a key role in the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense. A new season brings new promise for the running back, who should make the leap to Pro Bowl production in Year 2.

Cordarrelle Patterson: I'll be a 'top-5 playmaker' in '14 -
Cordarrelle Patterson can burn defenses whenever he touches the football. The Minnesota Vikings receiver wouldn't put himself among the top-level receivers, but he believes he can be a premier playmaker in 2014.

2014 NFL MVP Odds: Peyton Manning the obvious favorite -
Looking at the odds for the 2014 NFL MVP, where Peyton Manning is the obvious favorite to win. Again. Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers represent good value.

Donald Penn: Raiders to 'run the ball, then run it again' -
No matter which quarterback starts for the Oakland Raiders come Week 1, offensive tackle Donald Penn says the team -- which went 1-5 in the AFC West last season -- plans to emphasize the ground attack.

LOOK: Colin Kaepernick displays brand new tattoo -
Although he's taking some flak for his body art, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick displayed his newest tattoo.

Reviewing last year's busts -
The process of posting my list of bust players begins with a review of who I hit on and who I missed on from the previous year's list. So why not review them to get a better feel for what to look for (and what to not look for) when considering a bust?

What happens after 300 carries, revisited | National Football Post
A look at running back production following a season that included at least 300 rushing attempts.

Team preview: Miami Dolphins | National Football Post
Can Joe Philbin’s crew put a disastrous 2013 campaign in the rearview mirror?

Offseason Report Card: Arizona Cardinals |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

NFL Rookie Symposium: First-year football players learn off-field risk | The MMQB with Peter King
AURORA, Ohio — The Rookie Symposium is not the first test of an NFL player’s resolve, and it is never the last. Its importance is ambiguous; a matter of individual realization. You can sleep through it, as Ryan Leaf did during the second symposium in 1998.

Audibles Podcast: Discussing the offseason in the NFC West |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Power Struggle Could Force 49ers to Trade Jim Harbaugh Before Deal Ends in 2015 | Bleacher Report
The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh were reportedly negotiating a new contract in June before talks stalled, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Ravens and 49ers will have open practice one day after preseason opener | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens and 49ers will begin their preseason slates with a game at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, August 7. The next day, they will return to the stadium for a practice open and free to the public, the Ravens announced Tuesday.

The Most Dominant Player at Every Position in the NFL Today | Bleacher Report
Prepare your arguing devices! The NFL is a shifting landscape, but there are a few things you can always depend on.

Examining the variation in rushing throughout NFL history —
There is no doubt that in modern times, passing is king. But until pretty recently, we were at the peak level in NFL history with respect to individual rushing performance. On the team level, rushing production ebbed and flows, with high points in the late ’40s, mid-’50s, and mid-’70s, but on the individual level, the 2006 season may have been the high point.

NFL PED policy gives perception of success - ESPN
When it comes to rules against performance-enhancing drugs, the NFL’s system works.