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The rise of nickel defenses in the NFL: Bradley Roby, Jimmy Ward mark new wave of slot cornerbacks - NFL -
Through the long history of the NFL, offenses and defenses have engaged in cycles of attack and retreat.

Ranking all 32 backup quarterbacks -
The Packers learned the importance of quality quarterback insurance in 2013. Around The League ranks the NFL's top backups from 1 to 32.

The NFL’s New Defensive Rules Probably Aren’t Going To Make A Difference | FiveThirtyEight
Every offseason, NFL officials make an instructional video that highlights new rules and gives players a warning about which existing ones will be called more tightly in the upcoming season. This year, officials say they’re going to key in on defensive holding and illegal contact, ensuring they’re called correctly.

Passing game gets massive boost it didn't need -
The NFL becomes more pass-heavy each year. Look for that trend to accelerate in 2014 as refs crack down on defensive backs.

RENTON: Speed is of wide receiver’s Ricardo Lockette’s essence, but not how you might think | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks list Ricardo Lockette as a wide receiver. That is not why he owns a Super Bowl ring.

Seahawks training camp: Look out -- Wilson's better, Harvin's healthy -
You know Seattle brings the D. Add improved Russell Wilson and healthy Percy Harvin to that solid running game and the champs could be poised for another run.

Seattle Seahawks Kam Chancellor ready to play QB if needed - ESPN
"I am the emergency quarterback here," strong safety Kam Chancellor said Tuesday. "But right now, I’m the fifth-string quarterback. I’m working my way up the depth chart day by day."

5 things to watch for in Chargers vs. Seahawks game | Q13 FOX News
Alright, 12s. How you feeling? Have you run to the hills, convinced the Seahawks season is gone before it even really began?

Focus on: The berm
After being packed by 31,545 12th Man fans during the 12 practices that were open to the public at the Seahawks’ Training Camp presented by Bing, the berm is back to just being a grassy knoll that overlooks the practice fields.

Seahawks' Tom Cable gives the skinny on his weight loss - Bob and Groz | 710 ESPN Seattle
You probably aren't alone if you've seen Seahawks offensive-line coach Tom Cable over the last year or so and done a double take

Seahawks Camp Report: Day 13 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Seattle Seahawks training camp:

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talks backup quarterbacks, and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said today the backup quarterback battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor remains ongoing and "we will kind of just let it go for the next three weeks and see what happens."

Video: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks Percy Harvin, offensive line, and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The offense that Russell Wilson hoped to see for the Seattle Seahawks this season is beginning to come to fruition, the Seahawks quarterback said Wednesday when he met with the media after practice.

Some of the Jets lie about being NFL players on Tinder -
Guys! What are you doing?!?!!? You're supposed to lie to make yourself seem **cooler**, not less cool!

Extra points: Bob Condotta talks about Cassius Marsh, Percy Harvin and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s our Extra Points video wrapping up the news from practice today, focusing on Cassius Marsh and Percy Harvin:

Kam Chancellor’s 2nd of back-to-back days a focus for Seahawks today; Hawks have NFL’s most expensive secondary-market tickets | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Back in damp, cool Renton for the Seahawks’ final practice of the training-camp portion of the preseason. Today is "family day" at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, with the players’ spouses, girlfriends and family romping around the facility and their kids playing on inflatables during practice. After today, the players — specifically, the veterans — are no longer bound to team hotels and bed checks after meetings each night. (Read here why that has been of particular import this week in the Marshawn Lynch assault accusation.) The players can go to their homes following their work days.

RENTON: Starters return, team backs star: Seahawks’ enjoy "Too Good Tuesday" | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
In Pete Carroll’s world, Seahawks practice days have themes. There’s "Tell the Truth Monday." And "Competition Wednesday" plus "Turnover Thursday."

NFL Preseason Preview - San Diego (1-0) at Seattle (0-1) (ET) | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks kick off the home portion of their preseason schedule by entertaining the San Diego Chargers on Friday.

RENTON: Seahawks’ rookie RT Justin Britt’s been big time since Day One. Literally. | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Justin Britt was born for this. No, really, he absolutely was born to play offensive tackle in the NFL.

Thiel: Seahawks and the sackings of Wilson | Sportspress Northwest
Seahawks had the highest QB sack percentage in the NFL in 2013, but Carroll says he doesn’t see the need to change the passing game to better protect Russell Wilson.

Broncos' Gase, Jaguars' Fisch among top 10 coordinators to watch -
There's always going to be job openings in the NFL and teams are constantly tracking smart, results-oriented coordinators. Here are 10 assistants to keep an eye on.

Watching the Rams-Saints preseason tilt with the NFL’s injury spotter | The MMQB with Peter King
ST. LOUIS — It’s the second quarter of the Rams’ preseason opener against the Saints, and there’s a loud, shrill ringing on the home team’s sideline. Loud, as in roughly 105 decibels, which is equivalent to a roaring chainsaw.

Passing game gets massive boost it didn't need -
The NFL becomes more pass-heavy each year. Look for that trend to accelerate in 2014 as refs crack down on defensive backs.

Chip Kelly downplays how innovative his offense is | ProFootballTalk
Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought the fast-paced offense he had honed at Oregon to the NFL last year, and the results were great. But Kelly says he's not as much of an innovator as he's been made out to be.

Rookie NFL wide receivers roundly living up to the massive hype so far | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
We spent much of the spring, in the run-up to the NFL draft, discussing just how good this crop of rookie wide receivers could be. That talk continues, and if the early returns are any indication, it might be a truly special group.

Raiders believe tight end Nick Kasa tore his ACL | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders are looking a little thin at tight end right now. David Ausberry has been out since early August after having a procedure on his knee and coach Dennis Allen announced the loss of another player at the position on Wednesday.

Marshawn Lynch may be ready to go for Seahawks this week | ProFootballTalk
"You may see a little bit of Marshawn in this game," Carroll said. "We"ll see how this week wraps up."

Silva's August Top 150 - Goal Line Stand -
These rankings are based on standard scoring leagues, albeit with plenty of references to points-per-reception formats (PPR). This is my attempt to essentially map out a fantasy draft, and provide readers with an idea of where I value players. Average Draft Position (ADP), position scarcity, upside, and projected role are all strongly considered in the rankings. I do bump up players I want readers to draft -- sometimes aggressively -- because I think they should pursue them. I bump down players I do not want readers to draft because I believe there is evidence suggesting they're best left avoided.

All-22: Y-Cross, a Staple Of the Eagles' Offense | Birds 24/7
Hang around Chip Kelly enough, and you’ll get used to hearing the number 53 1/3.

My 40 Predictions for the 2014 NFL Season | Pre Snap Reads
Miami Dolphins, 7-9: Ryan Tannehill should have a huge season in Bill Lazor’s offense. Lazor showed in the team’s first preseason game that he is mimicking much of what Chip Kelly built his success on. The problem for the Dolphins is that they have Cortland Finnegan and Louis Delmas as contributors on the defensive side of the ball with arguably the worst starting linebacker group in the NFL. Tannehill has a better supporting cast on offense this year, but the defense is going to hold this team back.

Buffalo Bills GM: Nobody called about C.J. Spiller trade -
Bills general manager Doug Whaley debunked rumors about a C.J. Spiller trade. The running back seems to be staying put in Buffalo for a while.

Jaws: Cardinals' Logan Thomas 'best' rookie QB so far -
After watching Arizona Cardinals rookie signal-caller Logan Thomas tear through Houston's defense, one notable analyst called him the best "of all the rookie quarterbacks that I've watched so far."

Report: Titans' Colin McCarthy to likely need surgery -
After suffering a "significant" shoulder injury Saturday, Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy underwent initial tests that suggested he'll need season-ending surgery.

Running Back Battles | The Tailgater
The first week of the preseason gave us our first look at some complicated backfield situations around the NFL. Running back controversies are not half as fun as quarterback controversies – the backs usually end up sharing the job – but both fantasy gamers and plain-old fans like to keep one eye on running back committees. After all, some committees are more productive – and more democratic — than others.

Cardinals assistant coach Tom Moore is full of football wisdom. | : Dan Pompei Article
This August afternoon, 75-year old Tom Moore could be sitting on a chair in the sand at water's edge as gentle waves tickle his feet. He could be teeing off into a majestic fairway lined by live oaks draped with Spanish moss near his home in Hilton Head, S.C. He could be listening to the carefree giggles of his six step-great grandchildren. He could be living the good life.

Tom Brady, J.J. Watt highlight ultimate 53-man NFL roster under salary cap - NFL - ESPN
J.R. Sweezy, Seattle Seahawks ($584,212): Needing 53 players on the roster and not including any rookies on the team, I wanted to find a young, low-cost player who I believe is ascending quickly -- and Sweezy seems to be that guy. He has the traits you like in terms of toughness, length and power.

Torry Holt on Tavon Austin's 'quiet' camp - Turf Show Times
The GSOT legend shared his thoughts on the Rams second-year receiver and why we haven't seen more from Austin just yet. Holt went on to discuss the other receivers as well as the Rams offense.

Breaking Down the Progression of the NFL Preseason | Bleacher Report
The NFL preseason follows a specific progression each week in terms of game plans, veteran playing time and rookie exposure as teams prep for the regular season.