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Hump day!

Winston Guy emerging into Jaguars playmaker - Big Cat Country
The Jaguars claimed Winston Guy on waivers last year, but he's inserted himself as a playmaker in the secondary.

The NFL's Hometown Rosters - Best Tickets Blog
As a Texan, I am  proud of my state’s football heritage. Year in and year out, great Texas high school football players pop up in both the big cities and the small towns across our state. The same can be said for California (which produces more NFL players than any other state) and Florida. These “big three” states account for nearly a third of all of the players currently in the NFL.

RENTON: Dave Boling: Seahawks linebacker Wright healthy and primed for a big year |
A reporter walks up to Seahawks linebacker coach Ken Norton and says: “Coach, if you’ve got a minute, I’d like to talk to you for a column I’m doing about K.J. Wright.”

What we learned in the Seahawks' preseason opener - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
We learned that the Broncos took last week's preseason opener pretty seriously. We also learned that their coaches weren't above unleashing a safety blitz in the second quarter.

Seahawks preseason roster analysis - Seattle Seattle Seahawks |
ast season, the Seahawks marched to their first Super Bowl title on the legs of the No. 1 defense in the league and skill players who came up big in the clutch.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2013 Pressure Plays: Defense
Yesterday we looked at how quarterbacks handled pressure in 2013. Now we turn our attention towards how defenses fared in creating that precious pressure. There were record-setting offensive numbers, but defenses did have the highest league-wide pressure rate (24.7 percent) in the last four years. While most pressure does not result in a sack, the league's sack rate was 6.7 percent (actually 6.66 for those with an interest in the occult). That's the highest since 2005.

Ranking all 32 NFL defenses, including every position group -- NFL - ESPN
Yesterday, we ranked every NFL offense and every single offensive position group. Now we turn our attention to defenses.

Pete Carroll Training Camp Press Conference
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks about the offensive line, competition among the team, and the passing of Hollywood actor Robin Williams.

Between the Lines with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll - Danny O'Neil | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll answered questions Tuesday after the final training-camp practice that was open to fans. So in the spirit of giving you an inside look at what's happening with the team, we broke out the not-yet-patented 710 ESPN Seattle Coach Translator to read between the lines.

Three Impressions on Seattle Seahawks practice from Jayson Jenks, Bob Condotta | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here we go with our daily Three Impressions from Seahawks practice from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

Update: Seahawks call Lynch allegation ‘bogus’ | Sportspress Northwest
The NFL keeps records of many things, but it’s not clear whether the use of the word “bogus” has been offered by a team in dismissing a police investigation of a player is unique. So at least let’s call it rare.

49ers director of player personnel departed team before last draft - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers have had some turnover in the front office. We look at the most recent departure.

The Cleveland Browns' Strategy: Write This Down - WSJ
There is a technological revolution in the NFL this year. The Cleveland Browns knew this when they, like everyone else in the league, received tablet computers. Players on other teams raved about the ability to share typed notes and store everything they need on their machines.

Photo Gallery - Training Camp Practice 12
Photos from the 12th practice of training camp at Seahawks headquarters.

John Brown similar to Anquan Boldin, per Cardinals GM -
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim compares John Brown's rookie potential to that of Anquan Boldin. Is the third-round draft pick primed for a Rookie of the Year campaign?

Yakima Herald Republic | Schofield back with Seahawks with something to prove
The contract that got away, Seahawks defensive end O’Brien Schofield says, is more of a driving force than a reason for regret.

Seahawks training camp notes: Hawks getting healthier - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks finished their last open training-camp practice with some key players on the field for the first time since camp kicked off more than three weeks ago.

Women in sports television should not be a marketing gimmick -
CBS is promoting a new sports show produced, directed and hosted by all women. But why the back-patting for this, instead of using women in all CBS sports shows?

FCC commissioner calls for an end to NFL blackout rules -
A commissioner of the FCC says the organization shouldn't be catering to the "private interests of team owners" and is calling for an end to NFL blackout rules.

Percy Harvin OK after injuring his foot - NFC West Blog - ESPN
RENTON, Wash. -- Tuesday was the final day for the public to view practice and the fans got quite a scare when receiver Percy Harvin went down holding

Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable happy to see line begin to return to its usual state | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“It’s nice this week we are getting guys back in the lineup, which will help,” Cable said after practice. “We’ll see where we are at on Friday in terms of who plays and all that. But I think moving forward now we had everybody in the huddle today for the first time so we will continue to increase those reps as we go.”

Quotes from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is the transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say following practice today:

NFL's 10 most interesting influencers: Commish, Jerry Jones atop list -
In the NFL, Roger Goodell has the power, but he's not alone. The likes of Jerry Jones, Peyton Manning and even an Australian company make our list of most influential.

Patrick Willis confident in new 49ers running mates as Bowman recovers |
They were easily the NFL’s premier inside linebacker tandem the past three years, the glamor and guts of a stellar 49ers defense that has finished among the league’s top five in each of those seasons. But the way Patrick Willis sees it, things will never be the same for him and NaVorro Bowman once Bowman returns from the devastating knee injury he suffered in the second half of San Francisco’s narrow loss at Seattle in last January’s NFC Championship Game.

Which Young Quarterbacks Are On Track To Become Franchise QBs? —
Yesterday, I looked at how long it took the best quarterbacks to break out. Today, I want to apply what we learned from that post to 15 current NFL quarterbacks with fewer than 50 starts, all of whom were 26 years old or younger during the 2013 season.

McNabb believes Jets should avoid “garbage” Wildcat | ProFootballTalk
Five years ago, the Eagles tiptoed around the question of whether then-starting quarterback Donovan McNabb didn’t like the insertion of Mike Vick into the game as a Wildcat option.

Abusing the Default Rankings - Draft Analysis -
Adam Levitan dives into the rankings found in online draft applets and emerges with strategies for exploiting them.

Why the San Francisco 49ers' playoff chances are just 50 percent - NFL - ESPN
According to Football Outsiders, the San Francisco 49ers have a mere 50 percent chance to make the playoffs. Aaron Schatz explains the five factors driving that projection.

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Seattle Seahawks
I know this is going to be a complete rehash of last year’s post on Seattle but there is really no reason to change anything with this selection. Max Unger is one of the top centers in the NFL and one of the reasons the Seahawks offensive line continues to be a strength for the team.

2014 NFL preseason position battles: Teddy Bridgewater still has work to do -
Manziel was efficient -- if unremarkable -- while Bridgewater was outplayed by veteran Matt Cassel. Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden continue to battle in Oakland and Packers rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is still stuck on the second team.