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Jonathan Ferrey

Thank god it's TGIF!

NFL Regional/Super Regional Combine Participants well represented on NFL Training Camp rosters -
With NFL training camps in full gear, hundreds of rookies are getting their first taste of NFL action, including 66 players who attended an NFL Regional Combine and/or the NFL Super Regional Combine in 2014

Philadelphia Eagles were the one team the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks didn't want to play in the 2014 NFL Playoffs - Bleeding Green Nation
"The Eagles. The Eagles, for sure. That was the one team we didn't want to play. We were always talking in the locker room and we felt like, man, they're young, they're hungry, they're coming on strong with what they're doing... It was one of those deals where we were like that's a team that, you know, it's one of those trap teams that sneak up on you and do some great things. They're young, talented, aggressive, and one of the teams that we thought were really dangerous."

49ers bubble watch: Trent Baalke gives us something to chew on - Niners Nation
49ers GM Trent Baalke indicated there might only be four or five roster spots up for grabs in training camp. How does that impact our bubble watch?

Scruggs eager to finally make an impact with Seahawks | - Sports
Greg Scruggs will openly admit that he had mixed feelings watching his teammates win Super Bowl XLVIII.

Is Colin Kaepernick ready to take next step for San Francisco 49ers? - NFL -
Colin Kaepernick may be on track, but when it comes to the little things that make a handful of quarterbacks great, there's still work to be done.

Donte Whitner: Marshawn Lynch deserves new contract
"Without Marshawn Lynch, they don't go to the Super Bowl last year. Without him, they don't have that attitude on offense. The defense would have been on the field all day and they would have gotten worn down, gotten tired and couldn't have shown what they could do," Whitner said. "It all runs through him."

Marshawn Lynch entering final season with Seahawks? -
Now that Marshawn Lynch is ending his ill-fated holdout, Around The League is wondering about his Seahawks future. Could this be the smashmouth running back's final season in Seattle?

NFL to use on-field tracking system to keep stats -
Football may never be watched the same way again with new ways to track a multitude of data.

Marshawn Lynch ends holdout, reports to training camp - July 30, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The report does not specify what those conditions are. However, the team may have guaranteed some additional money or converted some bonuses into guaranteed money.

Practice impressions from Jenks, Condotta | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are our daily impressions from practice. First, from Jayson Jenks, and then from Bob Condotta:

Preseason Look: Todd Gurley - Out Of The Box -
Cian Fahey evaluates Georgia RB Todd Gurley and explains why the trend of backs falling out round one won't continue forever.

RENTON: Marshawn Lynch ends holdout, arrives at Seahawks camp | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Dozens of Marines – the original Legion of Boom – leaped into Lake Washington from low-flying helicopters and staged an amphibious assault on the VMAC headquarters of the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch ends holdout, arrives at camp - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ended his holdout and reported to training camp on Thursday.

Russell Wilson Training Camp Press Conference
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks about the Blue Angels fly over, the marines helo casting, and his teammates' performance during Training Camp presented by Bing.

How Seahawks' team-first formula proves the fallacy of potential in sports | Take 2 | Seattle Times
As people prepare for a new football season, I pause to wonder what armchair managers think about what the Seattle Seahawks did in the offseason.

Pete Carroll Day 6 Training Camp Press Conference
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll discusses injuries and progress throughout Training Camp presented by Bing.

Segments from SportsCenter's Seahawks Training Camp special
In case you missed it, we've compiled several segments from ESPN SportsCenter's special two-hour broadcast from Seahawks training camp.

Percy Harvin a willing and ready kick returner for Seahawks
When it comes to returning kicks, former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman says “playing scared” can’t be in wide receiver Percy Harvin’s vocabulary.

Thursday Round-Up: What we learned from Practice 5 of Seahawks Training Camp
A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch ends holdout, reports to Seahawks training camp - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reported to training camp Thursday, marking an end to his holdout after seven days. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Beast Mode Marshawk Lynch back with Seattle Seahawks and all is well - ESPN
Just as visual confirmation came that Marshawn Lynch had arrived at the Seattle Seahawks facility, a Brinks truck drove up to the front entrance of the building.

NFL Nation: 4 Downs -- NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFC West had three teams that won at least 10 games last season, two teams in the NFC Championship Game and a team that won the Super Bowl by 35 points.

Seahawks personnel updates — DT Jesse Williams may need knee surgery | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The news doesn’t sound good for defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who left practice on Tuesday with a knee injury. Coach Pete Carroll said today that “he’s got a serious situation that we have to take care of.” Carroll said it wasn’t completely certain yet that Williams would need surgery but that “it’s an potential surgery situation.” That would be bad news for Williams, who missed last season after having knee surgery and had hoped he was healthy this year.

Russell Wilson quotes Thursday | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
(On Marines coming to shore) Well that huge helicopter kind of gives it away a little bit.

Quick post practice notes | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Thursday’s workout looked like the most sloppy of training camp, with numerous flags being thrown on both sides of the ball. When asked, Carroll explained that it was the day NFL refs showed up and were calling it tight. Carroll said he was going to debrief the refs afterward to try to get explanations for their rulings.

Peterson, Sherman, Haden contracts all comparable | ProFootballTalk
Lost in the u-mad-bro back-and-forth between Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman regarding their one-up contracts is the fact that Browns cornerback Joe Haden got a pretty good deal, too.

Seahawks not revisiting Jermichael Finley after injury to Anthony McCoy | ProFootballTalk
With the injury to McCoy, the Seahawks may be in search of some added tight end depth for the roster. However, they won’t be kicking the tires again on free agent Jermichael Finley.

Thursday non-Marshawn Lynch Seahawks training camp notes | - Seattle Sidelines
“The guy who’s had a great week is Phil Bates,” Carroll said. “He’s been active, he’s made a bunch of big plays. This is a culmination of a couple of years of work to get him to this point. Remember he adapted from quarterback and he has really shaped and sculpted his body. He looks like a receiver, he has all the movements now, and he’s a very tough competitor too, so we love what he’s doing. He’s had a great week.”

Marshawn Lynch Ending Holdout Reminds Us Just How Good the Seahawks Can Be | Bleacher Report
The news has come down, from Adam Schefter of ESPN, that All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch is set to end his holdout and join the Seattle Seahawks within the next 24 hours.

Switch Verticals Passing Concept | Jim Light Football
Switch verticals was one of the go to concepts that Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell used in his game plans throughout the season. There are multiple uses for this concept versus any type of coverage. With the switch releases you can get a rub/pick effect for the slot receiver (F). Another advantage you create with switch verticals is allowing your X receiver to work in the seam, instead of the outside. As you can see from the diagram below the outside receiver (X) releases inside and is the seam reader who has multiple route adjustments based on the coverage.

49ers, Harbaugh pull plug on contract talks until after the season | ProFootballTalk
Whatever 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wants on a new contract, whatever the 49ers have offered isn't good enough.  And so Harbaugh and the team have agreed to table any discussions on a new deal until after the season.

Brady Quinn joins Fox Sports as college, NFL analyst -
Brady Quinn has yet to announce his retirement from the NFL, but it appears that his playing days are over. Fox Sports announced Thursday that Quinn has been hired as a college and NFL analyst.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins picking things up quickly -
Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins missed most of Tampa Bay's offseason work, but Daniel Jeremiah said he's "picked things up quickly" and the team is pumped about his progress.

Pete Carroll quotes: Jesse Williams, Anthony McCoy and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say after Seattle’s practice today (which, to reiterate, was held just as news was breaking that Marshawn Lynch had returned but before it was confirmed by the team):

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp Report: The Jaguars rebuild | The MMQB with Peter King
With their franchise quarterback a year away from being ready, it's one more year of rebuilding for the Jaguars. But that doesn't mean they aren't headed in the right direction

Marshawn Lynch Reworks Contract with Seahawks - Over the Cap
While it is being widely reported (and is technically true) that this deal means no new money for Lynch, from a practical standpoint this is an additional $1 million for the player. The $500,000 incentive was only going to be earned if Lynch ran for 1,500 yards in 2014, something Lynch has only done once in his career. Considering his workload is expected to be reduced the odds of earning that incentive was next to nothing. It is now part of his base pay.  Lynch should still be scheduled to earn $7 million next year at an $8.5 million cap charge, which is not a safe spot for any aging running back to be. Lynch is still a strong candidate for release in 2015 so any money being moved from that season to this one is effectively a raise for him.

Training camp notes | National Football Post
Thoughts and analysis from around the league as we approach the end of Week 1.

Best Case/Worst Case: QBs - Offseason Low Down -
Patrick Daugherty breaks down the best and worst-case scenarios for the league's top 32 quarterbacks.

The 49ers are impressive physically and on a spiritual level. | : Dan Pompei Article
For a while in the offseason it looked like the 49ers might become the NFL's dropped watermelon of 2014, with rumors of Jim Harbaugh and management not being on the same page. But now the Niners are working hard and looking dominant in almost every aspect.