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Seahawks 30 under 30: If it’s K.J. Wright, I don’t want to be K.J. Wrong

Field Gulls (Kenneth Arthur) — The Seattle Seahawks have a very good roster, but what's especially nice and hopeful about their team is that the vast majority of current Seahawks are young and signed through 2017, at least. This series leading up to the regular season opener on September 11 will take a closer look at 30 such players, all of whom won't be turning 30 this year. Player: K.J. Wright, LB Age: 27 ...
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Bridgewater or Carr? Why deflate one's value to inflate the other's

StarTribune.com I was on the air with an Atlanta radio program last week when one of the co-hosts asked what Teddy Bridgewater has to do to bounce back from an “abysmal” season.That seemed a tad extreme, even by radio standards. Must have been a fantasy football player.Sure, Teddy left room to grow in 2015. He was 22 going on 23. But “abysmal”? First of all, there’s never been an abysmal quarterback who has...
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2016 NFC North Preview: Vikings’ defense was a mirage last season

Acme Packing Company (PaulNoonan) — APC breaks down the stats to find that Minnesota’s defense was actually much less impressive last season than it appeared on the surface. Hi, I write these analytics-based previews every season. Last year, I told everyone that the the Lions would struggle to live up to their lofty 2014 season and that Joe Lombardi was a terrible fit , labeled the new Bear regime as rebuilding - but newly...
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Bridgewater or Carr? Why deflate one's value to inflate the other's

StarTribune.com (Mark Craig) — I was on the air with an Atlanta radio program last week when one of the co-hosts asked what Teddy Bridgewater has to do to bounce back from an “abysmal” season.That seemed a tad extreme, even by radio standards. Must have been a fantasy football player.Sure, Teddy left room to grow in 2015. He was 22 going on 23. But “abysmal”? First of all, there’s never been an abysmal quarterback who has...
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Cardinals GM recalls passing over Russell Wilson in draft: “It was a chickensh*t call by me”

Field Gulls (Kenneth Arthur) — The 2012 class of quarterbacks is headed in the direction of being one of the great QB classes in NFL history. There are currently six teams slated to started a QB who was drafted in 2012 (Seahawks, Colts, Browns, Texans, Dolphins, Redskins), and two others have played a significant amount in four years (Brandon Weeden, Nick Foles). At first glance, you could pick apart the fact that just...
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Saints News, 8/22/16: Saints' Training Camp Moves to Metairie

SBN: Canal Street Chronicles (Kevin Skiver) — The Saints have finally moved from the Greenbrier and visiting camps to Metairie for training camp. The lines opened up at 2:30 and practice began at 3:30. New helmet decal to honor the late, great Will Smith this season #Saints pic.twitter.com/QwuTs2mHGJ — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 20, 2016 Texans receivers coach Sean Ryan pleased with his group's...
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Former Raiders QB Todd Marinovich arrested naked and with marijuana

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Shalise Manza Young) — Todd Marinovich with the Raiders, in 1991 (Getty Images) Todd Marinovich is back in the news, and once again, it’s not for a positive reason. The former first-round draft pick lasted just two years and eight games in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders after repeated drug issues, and continued to have problems, though a couple of years ago Marinovich said he’d discovered art as a way to...
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Todd Marinovich arrested for pot, while naked in someone else’s yard

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — It’s a damned good thing Marv Marinovich never let his son have a Big Mac. According to Joshua Sudock of the Orange County Register, former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after police found him naked in someone else’s yard with marijuana. The 47-year-old former Raiders quarterback was cited for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance,…
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When will rookie quarterbacks first see the field this season?

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — It has been a fascinating preseason to chart the rookie quarterbacks. In a year in which three teams traded up into Round 1 to draft QBs, paying mostly heavy prices, it appears that all three have serious road blocks to get on the field right away. In fact, we likely won’t see a Week 1 rookie starter. We saw two in one game to start last season — No. 1 pick Jameis Winston vs. No. 2 Marcus...
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Aaron Rodgers takes first-team reps in Packers practice, likely to play vs. 49ers

Acme Packing Company (Jason B. Hirschhorn) — The early signs indicate that the Packers' franchise quarterback should make his preseason debut this week. The long wait for Aaron Rodgers' preseason debut appears at an end. On Monday, he took first-team reps, a strong indication that the Green Bay Packers plan to start him on Friday against the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers have kept Rodgers in street clothes during each of its...
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Around the NFC North: Preseason Week 2 marred by QB injuries

Pride of Detroit (Jeremy Reisman) — Most of the NFC North looked improved in Week 2, but there were a few potentially significant injuries that overshadowed the games. Week 2 of the preseason didn’t go so well for the Detroit Lions . They looked sluggish on defense and impotent on offense. That being said, the Lions left the game relatively healthy, which is typically one of the bigger goals in the preseason. For other...
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After 54 stadiums, and counting, here's a trip down memory lane

StarTribune.com “How’s the new stadium look?” has been a popular question thrown my way in recent months. I’ll let you know when I see it.No, I haven’t done any of the tours because, well, it’s a stadium.The field, I’m sure, is 100 yards long with two end zones and a pair of uprights. As for the bells and whistles, all the new stadiums are beautiful and, for the most part, built to satisfy the modern fan who...
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Packers moving forward with JC Tretter as starting center

Acme Packing Company (Evan "Tex" Western) — The Packers are lucky to have such a talented player available since their previous starter remains out with an injury. One of the disappointments about the Green Bay Packers’ 2016 training camp has been the continued absence of center Corey Linsley. As a rookie in 2014, Linsley took over the starting job when JC Tretter went down with a knee injury and proceeded to start every game that...
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After 54 stadiums, and counting, here's a trip down memory lane

StarTribune.com (Mark Craig) — “How’s the new stadium look?” has been a popular question thrown my way in recent months. I’ll let you know when I see it.No, I haven’t done any of the tours because, well, it’s a stadium.The field, I’m sure, is 100 yards long with two end zones and a pair of uprights. As for the bells and whistles, all the new stadiums are beautiful and, for the most part, built to satisfy the modern fan who...
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Helping the Chargers Get Out the Vote on Measure C

Blots from the Blue (Jeffrey Siniard) — It will be an almost-Sisyphean task to get two-thirds of San Diego voters to say yes. Here are my suggestions for how the team can get as close as possible to that threshold. Putting aside everything which has happened over the last 20 months is going to be a stiff challenge for many San Diego voters. In a sense, what's done is done. But there is one group which has the overwhelming...
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