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Seattle Seahawks offense: Good and bad - ESPN
It’s wrong to read too much into a first preseason game. But players are being evaluated, so here are a few who stood out, good and not so good, for the Seahawks in the 21-16 loss at Denver on Thursday night. First, players on offense:

RENTON: Seahawks rookie Marsh plays like ‘wild horse rider’ | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Back when Cassius Marsh used to get overcome by his competitive fervor, his on-field aggressiveness going from productive to detrimental, his UCLA coach Jim Mora offered an explanation.

Seattle Seahawks 2014 position preview: Wide receivers - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
More than just about any position group on the Seattle Seahawks, the wide receivers represent how GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll built the team into Super Bowl champions.

Seattle Seahawks snap counts vs. Denver Broncos | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are the official snap counts for Seattle’s preseason opener Thursday night at Denver.

A.J. Jefferson has an eventful debut with Seahawks
A.J. Jefferson left the locker room Thursday with a sprained ankle, but what the veteran cornerback did before that in the Seahawks’ preseason opener made for an even more eventful evening.

So what to make of the penalties in the Seahawks' game Thursday night? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The flags were an unmistakeably annoying aspect of Seattle’s preseason opener with Denver as the game featured a combined 25 penalties that were enforced — 13 on the Seahawks for 131 yards.

Yeremiah Bell, former Dolphins, Cards safety, to retire - NFL.com
Yeremiah Bell started 16 games last season with the Arizona Cardinals, but the free agent safety is calling it quits. Bell was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2003.

Alex Boone trade on horizon for San Francisco 49ers? - NFL.com
Would the 49ers be willing to shop Alex Boone if the two camps can't agree on a new deal? Per Ian Rapoport, no progress has been made in negotiations between San Francisco and the offensive lineman.

Lazor on target: 20 things we learned Friday night - NFL.com
Ryan Tannehill looked at home in Bill Lazor's new offense, giving Dolphins fans something to be excited for this season. That's just one of 20 takeaways from Friday's night of preseason action.

Thoughts on Jerome Bettis and Running Back Size — FootballPerspective.com
Jerome Bettis is a polarizing Hall of Fame candidate. I’m on the fence with the Bus; I don’t think he’s as deserving as Steelers fans think, but he’s a more deserving candidate than those who mostly remember end-of-career-Bus remember. One thing I’ve heard from time to time about Bus is that he was the greatest “big” back of all time. That’s undoubtedly true, assuming you set the weight1 high enough. Bettis had an official playing weight of 252 pounds, and no running near that weight can match his resume. Cookie Gilchrist, Pete Johnson, Marion Butts, Christian Okoye, Natrone Means, and Mike Alstott had short bursts of success, but they can’t match Bettis’ longevity. Players like Jamal Lewis, Michael Turner, Larry Csonka, Eddie George, Jim Brown, Franco Harris, John Riggins, and Earl Campbell carried the “big back” label, but all were 10-25 pounds lighter than the Bus.

St. Louis Rams get plenty of lessons in opener - ESPN
Aside from attempting to stay healthy for four consecutive games, perhaps the primary goal of preseason football is to put your team through as much situational football as possible.

NFL preseason 2014 scores and results: Blake Bortles impresses, Teddy Bridgewater struggles - SBNation.com
Borltes was efficient in the Jaguars' win over Tampa Bay while Bridegwater struggled with accuracy against the Raiders.

The 10 best fantasy defenses for the 2014 season - SBNation.com
"Keepers" continues its preseason positional rankings with the best defense/special teams units for your upcoming draft.

Saints 26, Rams 24: Morning After Thoughts - Turf Show Times
We've had a night to digest the goings on from last night's preseason opener.

Saints 26, Rams 24 recap: The good, the bad and the ugly - Turf Show Times
The game view from New Jersey