Cardinals add John Abraham, Eric Winston while rookie retires

though his units in Dallas flopped at key times in recent years. Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul saw his sack total drop by 10 to 6.5 in 2012 — and that was before undergoing offseason back surgery. A struggling defense, which lost DE Osi Umenyiora to free agency, needs JPP to return to form if New York is to climb back atop the NFC East. Al Bello, Getty Images Fullscreen New coach Chip Kelly and his creative offense were the Eagles’ most notable acquisitions this offseason. Kelly’s ability to implement his attack is one of the NFL’s biggest X-factors heading into the regular season, and it remains unknown if Michael Vick (7) or someone else will open the year taking the snaps. Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports The Rams are looking to rookie pocket rocket Tavon Austin to juice an offense that’s never had a receiver gain as many as 700 yards since Sam Bradford became the quarterback in 2010. Bill Boyce, AP Fullscreen Versatile DL Justin Smith often goes unheralded even though he may be the key component of the 49ers defense. He missed two of San Francisco’s final five games after suffering a triceps injury last year and wasn’t the same when he was on the field. Coincidentally, pass rusher Aldon Smith didn’t record a sack after his teammate was hurt. Justin Smith remains the glue to the NFC champs’ defense. Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen The Seahawks parted with their first-round pick to acquire WR Percy Harvin and plan to invest $67 million in him over the next six seasons. Now it’s up to Harvin to be an offensive wild card who can make QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch even more effective. Ted S. Warren, AP Fullscreen QB Josh Freeman has been up and down over his first four seasons with the Buccaneers.

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Harvin’s dangerous level of perimeter quickness potentially serves as a great change of pace to Marshawn Lynch ‘s inside power rushing. He also could add much-needed intermediate-level route depth help to an offense that needed an upgrade on those types of throws (12.9 yards per attempt on medium-depth passes last year, tied for 16th). From a fantasy perspective, this collection of skills was seen as a potential boon to quarterback Russell Wilson and explains why a quarterback who finished 11th in fantasy quarterback points last year is currently averaging a No. 8 overall quarterback draft ranking in ESPN live drafts. Now that Harvin could be out for a while with a hip injury (he’s getting a second opinion next week in New York), it has to be expected that Wilson’s fantasy value will decline by enough that he should start falling back in those same draft rooms. But a closer look at this situation shows that even if Harvin misses extended time, while damaging from a team perspective, it should not have that big of an impact on Wilson’s 2013 fantasy football prospects. To read more from KC Joyner about the potential fantasy impact of Percy Harvin’s injury, you must be an ESPN Insider. Already an Insider?

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Percy Harvin (hip) among those who open Seahawks camp on the PUP list Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 25, 2013 I would love to know when Harvin injured his hip. The Seahawks are paying a guy $12 million a year that cant seem to stay healthy. Need NFL Tickets? … Via NorthWest Sports Beat | 1 day ago Stop Whining The biggest news from the opening day of the Seattle Seahawks 2013 training camp was that Percy Harvin, Seattles latest treasure and multi-threat weapon on offense, was on the PUP list. Shortly after the list was put out, many began to report that Harvins ailment was related to a hip issue that was later revealed to be a potential tear to his labrum.

Fantasy impact of Harvin injury

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More Than Just Football: Marshawn Lynch And Fam 1st Family Foundation Jul 18th, 2013 at 7:34 am Tweet With all of the negative stories in the media this time of year about the NFL and its players, I thought it would be good to remember that there is a lot of absolute ton of good things being done by NFL players that never gets reported. To combat this, Im spending this week profiling just a few of the Seahawks players and their foundations that are actively involved in giving back to the community. Feb. 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch on the red carpet prior to the Super Bowl XLVII NFL Honors award show at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Today, Id like to direct everyones attention to Marshawn Lynchs Fam 1st Family Foundation. When I started looking up information for this series, I had no idea that Lynch even had a foundation. We simply never hear about it, or about any of the cool stuff that the foundation does.

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But Saturday was the crowning jewel of the week a free youth camp that annually serves up to 600 kids. Lynch, 27, played a modern-day Santa Claus, handing out free shoes and football gloves to kids, and also showing some tough love by delivering a few big blows with blocking pads during running back drills. Hes right in there, hands-on, DeLisa Lynch said. Hes always been like that. There hasnt been a camp where he hasnt been out there talking to kids, playing with them. They might ask him 99 questions, and hes going to answer 90 of them. Lynch did not talk about his pending legal entanglement a DUI charge still winding its way through the Alameda County district court system. Nor did Lynch provide any details on how hell do in the upcoming season, other than hell be ready once training camp begins July 25.

The truth about Lynch and Skittles

Jul 5, 2013 6:22 PM I thought they were Skittles?! olyhawk says: Jul 5, 2013 6:27 PM All due respect to the either charge him or dont guy, unfortunately thats not how the court system operates, and most likely marshawns attorney is being granted these continuences, which every attorney utilizes for one reason or another. Bottom line is an attorney can drag on a case for a long time, which the prosecution ussually agrees on to prepare for the motion put forth by the defense. Oh, and adderal guy, ha whoo damn that adderall joke was funny and not played out at all, odds are beast is going smash your d line in the mouth real soon. thejuddstir says: Jul 5, 2013 6:45 PM Judges are suppose to perform accordingly to the law and not their personal preference to not have Lynch suspended and hurt the Adderhawks chances of getting into the playoffs. Reminds me of Judy Judy down in Louisiana with the Bounty case. If Lynch was DUI, the police either have the proof or they dont. I can understand why so many fans are down on the Adderhawks and Petey Carroll who had no problem bringing his cheating ways from USC to Seattle. floratiotime says: Jul 5, 2013 6:52 PM Adderall is used to mask steroids.

Still no trial date for Marshawn Lynch DUI case

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It was just a joke for me and him. Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch former Oakland Tech High football star, center, jokes around with camp volunteers Jakharie Murphy, left, wide receiver Troy Evans, right, during the Fam 1st Family Foundations annual youth football camp at Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Lynch along with Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback Josh Johnson, also a former Oakland Tech High football star, hosted the free one-day camp for kids ages 6-18 to work on their football skills and sportsmanship. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) DeLisa Lynch said the ritual continued to high school, and by the time he got to college, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford gave him cases of Skittles, telling him not to eat the candy all at once. Skittles would seem like a natural endorsement deal for Lynch but that has not happened yet according to his mother. I even contacted Skittles to see if they would donate some for the camp, she said. I told them we have a non-profit organization and we do a camp.

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At 6-5 and 252 pounds, Willson ran a 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, did 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and posted a 38-inch vertical jump. Now, Seattle needs those eye-popping numbers to translate into production on the field. Willson was one of the early success stories during the Go Here teams offseason training workouts. Luke Willson has done a really good job, Carroll said. Were really excited about Lukes addition. We dont see anything that Luke cant do. We havent seen him in pads yet to really understand the dynamics of his blocking, but we know hes willing, hes got a tough attitude, and he looked great on film in college. Willson struggled with a lower-back injury and a high ankle sprain in 2012, finishing with nine receptions his final season at Rice.

Seattle Seahawks Perfectly Fine with Raised Expectations

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Considering the Seahawks proved to have a little swagger in the way they went about their business last season, Im betting that the players will back Carrolls statement. Seattles roster is loaded with talent at multiple positions, while Russell Wilson is clearly the star of the team. His breakout rookie season is just the tip of the iceberg of what can potentially be an outstanding career. Even though Wilson is years away from reaching his peak, it does not mean that he cannot lead the Seahawks to great heights in 2013. It will take a couple of years for it all to get to where he doesnt have to think about it, where he doesnt have to be actively involved in that hes clean and right. He can just play, Carroll said, according to USA Today Sports. Thats when hell become the best player he can, and thats a couple of years down the road. There is nothing to hold him back in terms of being a really good performer this year. With training camp opening up today, it is imperative that the entire team bust out of the gates running.

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Miller’s backup is rookie fifth-round pick Luke Willson. Offensive line It helped Wilson’s development last year that he played behind a solid offensive line that includes one of the league’s best left tackles (Russell Okung) and centers (Max Unger). The Seahawks expect to have guard James Carpenter, a first-round pick in 2011, back after he missed most of last season with a knee injury. Defensive line With Chris Clemons out while recovering from a knee injury suffered in the playoffs, Seattle signed a pair of defensive ends, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, to improve the pass rush, moves that look even better now that Irvin has been suspended for the first four games. Seattle also added defensive tackle Tony McDaniel in free agency to offset the loss of Alan Branch and join Brandon Mebane on the Marshawn Lynch Jersey interior of the defensive line. Third-rounder Jordan Hill and fifth-rounder Jesse Williams also could be asked to contribute early. Linebacker The Seahawks didn’t just hit with a quarterback in the 2012 draft. They also found middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. After recording 140 tackles and three interceptions, he finished second in the defensive rookie of the year voting to Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman on July 29 cover of Sports Illustrated

– The Seattle Seahawks today announced that it has expanded its partnership with Boeing [NYSE: BA], which employs more than 86,500 employees in the Puget Sound region. Boeing has partnered with the Seahawks for more than 10 years. “We are proud that Boeing, the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners, has enhanced its partnership with our team,” said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin. “We share many of the same core values, including a passion for excellence and a strong commitment to the community.” As part of the exclusive sponsorship, Boeing will increase its branding footprint in connection with the Seahawks, including during press conferences and other media opportunities related to the team. “We are pleased to partner with such an amazing team,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Boeing and the Seahawks share a long history together in the Puget Sound region and we look forward to continuing our support of the community through this opportunity.” Boeing’s partnership begins immediately.

Seahawks open camp amidst high expectations

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It really was a blessing in disguise. The situation at Buffalo was a rough situation and I appreciate the opportunity, but going back to Seattle was a better situation even though Im not the starter. Ive got a chance to get back with some familiar faces, back at a place Im familiar with. Jackson will now compete with Brady Quinn for the backup quarterback job. I know the city, and Im with a good team, he said. We know we can win every game we play. At Buffalo, it was a little different.

Jim Harbaugh, the Seahawks and Adderall

Seattles loquacious lock-down corner Richard Sherman is the subject of a feature detailing the former Stanford standouts background behind the bravado and Twitter tough guy act which, coincidently, isnt really an act; its just who he is. SIs Lee Jenkins chronicles Shermans rise from a skinny kid growing up in Compton, Calif., to a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2011 draft. Now, he headlines one of the best defenses in the NFL and is a key cog in what should be a Super Bowl contender in 2013 and beyond. Sherman addresses two of his more famous or infamous, depending on how you look at it news items, including his Twitter beef with Darrelle Revis and his suspension for allegedly taking Adderall, which was eventually overturned . And luckily for Packers fans, there is no mention of the Fail Mary game, although Sherman has been rubbing salt in the wounds of Cheesehead nation ever since. (You can subscribe toSports Illustratedhere and purchase the tablet edition here .) Also in the issue is a leadoff print piece from Peter Kings new team at The MMQB , an NFL-only site, aimed at providing the best and most innovative content on the web for NFL fans.

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There was the fact that he maintained a 98 percent Run Stop Rate and was generally a factor in the run game even when teams ran away from his side of the line. League may use police experts to check player tattoos | ProFootballTalk In the wake of the Aaron Hernandez arrest, some eyebrows were raised at the news that authorities were scanning his vast array of tattoos for evidence of gang connections. As it turns out, it’s standard practice when potentially putting inmates with rival gang ties in the same jail space. Which Passers Were Most Effective on Third Down in 2012? Scott Kacsmar recently wrote about Robert Griffin IIIs struggles on third downs last season. Despite Griffins otherworldly rate stats, that was one area where he really struggled in 2012. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how all quarterbacks fared on third downs last season. I put that in quotes because Im including fourth down data, but dont want to write third and fourth down throughout this post. Regular readers may recall I did something similar last November, but now we can work with full 2012 season numbers.

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How good will the QB be? Some have wondered if Russell Wilson might suffer a sophomore slump after his breakout rookie season, but if anything Wilson should only be better. Wilson had a passer rating of 100.0 last year, the second best total for a rookie in league history behind fellow class of 2012 QB Robert Griffin III, and he tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record with 26 touchdown passes. Still, as good as his numbers were, Wilson’s stats early in the season were pretty pedestrian. When you look at what he did in the second half of the season and the playoffs, Wilson wasn’t just one of the best rookie quarterbacks in the league, he was one of the best quarterbacks period, throwing 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions in those 10 games. Oh, and let’s not forget that Wilson spent his rookie training camp splitting reps with Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn, so he wasn’t just going into the season as a rookie starter, he was doing so as one of the least prepared, in terms of practice reps, quarterbacks in the league.

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Reporter: During mini-camp you had some pretty strong words about the Seahawks and their Adderall problem and Eric Wright — Harbaugh: I dont agree with that. Reporter: Hmm? Reporter: You dont think those were strong words? Harbaugh: That I was aware? Reporter: Well, you said you wanted to make sure that your guys didnt do stuff like that, that you played by the rules, and yet Eric Wright did have some of that. Were you aware of that when you signed him, that that was in his past? Harbaugh: What Im going to say is, like I just said, talk to Trent on that. Hes a better person to talk to about it. Hes got a clear understanding of the transaction.

Camp questions: What will be the impact of Percy Harvin on the Seahawks?

Seahawks fans want to leave mark on new 49ers stadium

Their top returning wide receivers, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, played a big part in Wilsons success at stretching the field. They were interchangeable downfield threats, each averaging more than 15 yards per catch and scoring seven TDs. What they were lacking was someone to work over defenses on shorter routes underneath the deeper coverage. Tight end Zach Miller flashed the ability to provide that threat in the playoffs, but Harvin changes the whole dynamic. The Seahawks will have fun moving Harvin around their formations during training camp. In addition to being a great slot option, Harvin can give them an outside threat to complement Rice and Tate while drawing attention to give them more beatable coverage. Just like with the Vikings, he will be used often as a runner and route runner out of the backfieldand the Seahawks can use him as a good wrinkle to play off the power of Lynch. In Minnesota, Harvin was often the only source for the Vikings to get big plays in the passing game. In Seattle, he doesnt need many touches per game to make a big impact.

Seattle Seahawks Training Camp: Where Does Christine Michael Fit?

Remember Shaun Alexander? It is fair to assume that Lynch will still get his share of carries in 2013, but Pete Carroll may try to keep defenses guessing by getting Michael and Turbin into the mix. Turbin was effective catching balls out of the backfield in 2012 (19 catches, 181 yards), and this is not necessarily seen as Michaels strength. There is also the fact that Seattle needed to replace Leon Washington in the backfield. Washingtons primary duties were focused on returning kicks, but he was another ball carrier for the Seahawks in 2012. It seems reasonable to assume that with Michaels talent, he will have a greater role in the offense than Washington did. How many offensive weapons does Russell Wilson need? Apparently, Carroll and GM John Schneider felt like he needed one more. Welcome to the party, Christine Michael.

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While “Go Hawks” is a popular option, some within the group are worried that won’t be approved by the 49ers. The fan group plans to donate any extra money to a cause or non-profit of some sort. The leading suggestion for where to send that extra money came from a 49ers fan. Reddit user DoctorRobert420, who has the 49ers logo as his profile picture, suggested donating extra cash to Bryan Stow. Stow is a San Francisco fan who was attacked at Dodger Stadium in 2011 and ended up in a coma. He requires help from caregivers and his parents after suffering traumatic brain injuries.

Seahawks looking to improve pass rush

However, if Tate has another good year, the Seahawks could have a tough decision to make in free agency next season, with Sidney Rice due to make $8.5 million in non-guaranteed base salary in 2014. Cause for concern: Although they have two Pro Bowlers in tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger, Seattle’s offensive line still has question marks at both guard positions. Former first-round draft choice James Carpenter has yet to come back http://www.parkwolfpackfootball.com/nfl/marshawnlynchjersey.html from offseason knee surgery, and is expected to compete for the left guard job with Paul McQuistan during training camp. And on the other side, second-year pro J.R. Sweezy is competing with third-year pro John Moffitt for the starting right guard job. The Seahawks need to solidify both of those spots to create some cohesiveness along the offensive line. Breakthrough star: An undrafted rookie free agent out of Henderson State in 2012, tight end Sean McGrath will be called upon to have an impact in the run game and the passing game with Anthony McCoy lost for the season.

Andrew McMann sat on his couch surrounded by family, he had no idea the surprise of a lifetime was about to come through the door. Hide / Show comments Great story to wake up to!! More of these feel good stories and less about idiots… (July 20, 2013, by seattlecanadian) MORE Very cool! Thank you for your service Sgt. McMann and Go Hawks! (July 20, 2013, by FKA DH54) MORE Nice story….what a shame that you’ll never hear this on ESPN or any other major… (July 20, 2013, by liberal wsu cougar fan) MORE

Camp questions: What will be the impact of Percy Harvin on the Seahawks?

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In Minnesota, Harvin was often the only source for the Vikings to get big plays in the passing game. In Seattle, he doesnt need many touches per game to make a big impact. Harvin is fortunate to have been reunited with someone who knows how to use him: offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who held that same position with the Vikings during Harvins first two NFL seasons (2009 and 2010). In 25 games over the past two seasons without Bevell, Harvin averaged nearly nine touches per game. Even if that drops to a modest half-dozen or so, it will be quality, not quantity, that measures Harvins impact. Look for the best Wilson-Harvin connection to develop in the red zone.

The latest volley between the fan bases: Seahawks fans on Reddit are raising money to buy one of the commemorative bricks the 49ers are selling fans to appear at the Fanwalk at the future Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. The most obvious and most popular phrase proposed so far has been simply, Go Hawks. But the Levis Stadium Foundation, as its called, has the right to say no to any text it wants, so something obviously Seahawks-related could get rejected. To get around this, the r/Seahawks denizens are also looking at writing a secret message such as a phrase in which the first letters of each line spell out Go Hawks. Redditor SirBeefy suggested, for example, Great Ones Have Achieved Wisdom Knowing Success. Very sneaky, SirBeefy. The always savvy acronym acrostic-that-a-dozen-people-will-understand approach. Its clear you were knighted both for your valor and your guile. So far, Seahawks fans have raised a little more than $200.

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Normally such a major change could be shrugged off, but Carroll knows Bradford well. With that history, Bradford could successfully make that transition in training camp, though he will have a lot of linebackers to beat out. Will Seattle Pick Up Another Tight End? Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images For as deep as the Seahawks are in quite a few areas, tight end is a position that is worrisome. Zach Miller hasn’t yet had the production he had while with the Oakland Raiders, and backup Anthony McCoy is out for the season.

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We want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules. Because if you don’t, if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the word of God as you can get in my mind. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close.” One wonders what Bo Schembechler would think of the trade made on Friday . The 49ers sent a conditional pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for cornerback Eric Wright , who served a four-game suspension just last year for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Wright later admitted to using Adderall, and he missed four games after his appeal was denied.

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll brings one of the favorites for the Super Bowl into the 2013 season.

Aug. 8: First exhibition game, at San Diego Aug. 17: First home exhibition game, vs. Denver, 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field Sept. 8: Season opener, at Carolina, 10 a.m. Sept. 15: Home opener, vs. San Francisco, 5:30 p.m.

Seahawks fans want to buy ‘message’ brick at new 49ers stadium

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Fans on the Additional Reading r/Seahawks subreddit Web page of Reddit.com are planning to donate money to buy a fundraising brick at the new Fanwalk at the future Levis Stadium. They havent figured out what the message on the brick will be yet. Donors will get to vote on the message. Since it has to be approved by stadium officials, phrases like the obvious Go Hawks probably wont be allowed. But the brick will be installed alongside thousands of others in the new stadiums plaza. Some Reddit users say the way to go would be to use a more pleasant message, perhaps congratulating the 49ers on their new stadium. Others say they wont donate for the brick, unless it has a more in your face type of message for San Francisco fans. As of 6 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks Training Camp: Where Does Christine Michael Fit?

When Pete Carroll took the head-coaching job at USC, he hired longtime BYU assistant coach Norm Chow as his offensive coordinator. Carroll wanted the vaunted passing offense the Cougars had used for decades to topple superior foes and develop future NFL quarterbacks like Jim McMahon and Steve Young. To go along with that philosophy, Carroll also wanted to incorporate some of the latest NFL schemes, and his two young offensive assistants – former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian and a young Lane Kiffin – were assigned the job of bringing those ideas to USC. “Kiffin in particular relished this task, spending long hours in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers film room with Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. Gruden was a student of the West Coast offense, the pass-first, timing-based offense designed by former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh. Kiffin absorbed everything he could about Gruden’s brand of the West Coast offense, and quickly USC’s coaches began meshing some of the latest NFL concepts with the core of their offense. After Chow left USC, Kiffin became co-offensive coordinator along with Sarkisian, before leaving to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders , Tennessee, and finally returning Southern Cal. During this time, Kiffin built a somewhat sordid reputation off the field, but on it, he continued to tinker with his offense. “Among the plays Kiffin took from Gruden was one of the oldest, most reliable West Coast offense concepts: “sluggo seam,” or, as Kiffin and Barkley refer to it, “82 stay sluggo Z win.” Sluggo seam has long been one of the best home-run passes in the West Coast offense, so it is no surprise that Barkley would adopt the play as his own personal favorite.” “Sluggo,” as Brown explains, is an old Bill Walsh term that’s short for “slant and go” and as a staple ‘home-run’ pass in the WCO, you know it’s somewhere at the top of the Seahawks’ play sheet.

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The bricks start at $195, with the most expensive option costing $545. With the money raised, the fan group now has to choose a message to include on the brick. While “Go Hawks” is a popular option, some within the group are worried that won’t be approved by the 49ers. The fan group plans to donate any extra money to a cause or non-profit of some sort. The leading suggestion for where to send that extra money came from a 49ers fan. Reddit user DoctorRobert420, who has the 49ers logo as his profile picture, suggested donating extra cash to Bryan Stow.

Seahawks look to develop even more top cornerbacks

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Was Beast Mode ineffective in 2012? Hardly. Despite this seemingly unconventional pick, the Seahawks have earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their draft strategy after finding a number of gems in the later rounds over the last few years. Still, that doesnt answer the question. What is the plan for Michael? When you look at the talent of Christine Michael, it is not hard to understand why Seattle picked him. It is not as simple as taking the so-called best player available, but in some ways the Seahawks could afford to take a risk with this pick.

Seahawks fans want to leave mark on new 49ers stadium

A photo posted to Russell Wilsons Instagram account shows the Seahawks quarterback playfully kissing his right bicep next to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. For those unaware, the celebratory move dubbed Kaepernicking is the signature move of Kaepernick when he scores a touchdown. According to Wilsons account, the photo was taken during a commercial shoot for the upcoming video game Madden 25. In the ad, the two quarterbacks apparently face off on the virtual field. And yes that was after a TD throw on kaepernick7 during our #madden25 commercial! @EASPORTS http://t.co/xNO2VozwkT Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 16, 2013 While the image of Wilson chumming it up with the perceived enemy may be tough for Seahawks fans to fathom, they can at least rest assured that Wilson was still the one doing the scoring as hell hope to do when he meets Kaepernick on the field this fall. Whether the pose was done in a manner of mockery or out of respect is up for debate, but you can bet Wilson will leave the Kaepernicking aside with the video game controllers once the season begins.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson spotted … ‘Kaepernicking?’

The latest volley between the fan bases: Seahawks fans on Reddit are raising money to buy one of the commemorative bricks the 49ers are selling fans to appear at the Fanwalk at the future Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. The most obvious and most popular phrase proposed so far has been simply, Go Hawks. But the Levis Stadium Foundation, as its called, has the right to say no to any text it wants, so something obviously Seahawks-related could get rejected. To get around this, the r/Seahawks denizens are also looking at writing a secret message such as a phrase in which the first letters of each line spell out Go Hawks. Redditor SirBeefy suggested, for example, Great Ones Have Achieved Wisdom Knowing Success. Very sneaky, SirBeefy. The always savvy acronym acrostic-that-a-dozen-people-will-understand approach. Its clear you were knighted both for your valor and your guile. So far, Seahawks fans have raised a little more than $200. The least expensive of the commemorative bricks costs $195, with the most expensive and prominently displayed topping out at $545.

Seahawks Fans Want To Buy A Brick At The 49ers New Stadium

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Harbaugh bristled when asked how Seattle managed to lock up the 49ers’ receivers — who had a combined total of six receptions in the Week 7 game. “I wouldn’t use the words, ‘locked up,’ ” Harbaugh said the day after the game. “We’ll take that up with the officials and get their view of it.” There might not be a bigger compliment to the way Seattle has overhauled their secondary than the fact that a Seahawks team once known for giving a significant cushion is now pushing the envelope in style of play to the point that the top rival in the division is asking officials to clarify what is allowed. “Is it physical play within the rules?” Harbaugh asked last season. “That’s the biggest question. We have to ask that question.

ESPN says Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is NFL’s 12th-best quarterback

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All he did was lead four second-half touchdown drives in which he was 14-of-16 for 241 yards. Throwing from the pocket remains the No. 1 trait for high-level quarterback play, regardless of the players athleticism and mobility. Its the reason Wilson has a chance to be a very good quarterback over a long period of time. He throws it very well from the cradle. The more I studied him, the more I liked his future. But is Wilson really deserving of Jaworskis No.

(Ted S. Warren/Associated Press) Seattle Seahawks Last seasons record: 11-5 Players released: RB/KR Leon Washington, WR Ben Obomanu Key free agents lost: DT Alan Branch, WR Deon Butler, CB Marcus Trufant, DE Jason Jones, TE Cameron Morrah Key free agents re-signed: K Steven Hauschka Key free agents added: DE Cliff Avril , DE Michael Bennett, DT Tony McDaniel, QB Brady Quinn, WR Brett Swain, CB Antoine Winfield Key player traded: QB Matt Flynn Rd. 2 (No. 62 overall) Christine Michael , RB, Texas A&M 3 (87) Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State 4 (123) Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State 5 (137) Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama 5 (138) Tharold Simon, CB, Louisiana State 5 (158) Luke Wilson, TE, Rice 6 (194) Spencer Ware, RB, Louisiana State 7 (220) Ryan Seymour, G, Vanderbilt 7 (231) Ty Powell, DE, Harding 7 (241) Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire 7 (242) Michael Bowie, T, Northeast Oklahoma State Analysis: The Seahawks were a very good team last season, winning a playoff game at FedEx Field and nearly pulling off another postseason victory in a thrilling NFC semifinal in Atlanta. Even if theyd made no offseason upgrades, merely bringing back the same team and counting on the continued improvement of quarterback Russell Wilson would be enough to count the Seahawks as one of the Super Bowl favorites in the NFC. Instead, the Seahawks made a series of key moves, trading for wide receiver Percy Harvin and signing cornerback Antoine Winfield and defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett as free agents. Those maneuvers potentially have put the Seahawks right on the heels of the San Francisco 49ers in the race for supremacy in the NFC West and the entire conference and maybe even on even footing with the defending NFC champions, given the offseason injury to 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

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They can make us look good or can put us on the street quickly. Front offices love words like: “upside” and “high ceiling” but with poor coaching those words might as well be “bust” and “unemployed”. Below are some coaches that either have a proven track record or young up and coming guys who have finally been given their shot to run a position. The NFL is loaded with coaching talent and here are just a few names to keep on your radar: The NFL’s top assistant coaches | National Football Post A look at some of the best teachers that don’t have head gigs. Brandon Browner, the CFL and Good Value – 12th Man Rising – A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and more. One of the things I always thought was interesting about football was how there is no real development system. Growing up the first sports I watched were hockey and baseball and in both “the farm team” was always a major topic of discussion even for the young fans who didnt really know what they were talking about.

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Packers fans, can you believe there was a more disgraceful shithole than the humpty-dump. There was, and it was a true blight on an otherwise beautiful Emerald City. I know, I lived there! The Seahawks are so devoid of history and tradition, so devoid of any true natural rivalry, the NFL moved the team into a different conference twice (from the NFC West to the AFC West in 1977 and back again in 2002) and the fans hardly know the difference. It would be like the Packers or Bears playing in the AFC Central (or North), or the Steelers playing in the Black and Blue Division that we know as home, or the Dallas Cowboys playing in the AFC South. What would be incomprehensible to us is merely a slight adjustment to you. Brian Bosworth.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Due for Impressive Sophomore Season

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With high expectations for the Seahawks in the upcoming season and a tight race expected in the NFC West, there is much more pressure on Wilson in his sophomore season. Despite that, it seems like everything is set up for Wilsons encore to be even more impressive than the original show that he put on last season. With the addition of the ever dangerous and dynamic Percy Harvin to the Seahawks receiving core, a year of experience under the belt of Golden Tate, and Sidney Rice still in place as an above-average receiver, Wilson has a plethora of weapons to look for when he drops back this season. One of the things that cant ever be overlooked about the Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll is that they are always going to favor running the ball, especially with Marshawn Lynch still producing at a high level. With that type of system in place, young quarterbacks are put in positions where they can thrive. Wilson made believers out of a lot people last season and it seems like everything is set up for more people to hop on his bandwagon this season.

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It was wide receiver Tate who caught Russell Wilsons Hail Mary pass that night as time expired, snagging a 14-12 victory for the Seahawks. The two were reunited Sunday during Seahawks cornerback Richard Shermans celebrity softball game at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Sherman had asked Easley to be an umpire at the charity event, and Tate was a participant. They wasted no time commemorating what has become known as the Fail Mary catch. Autographs were signed. Jokes were had. And Easley even put up his arms in a familiar pose.

Seahawks moving Bruce Irvin to outside linebacker

1? More … Carroll believes it will be a natural transition for Irvin, who was the No. 1 defensive player on the Seahawks’ draft board a year ago. “He’s extremely versatile, and that’s why we’ve loved him from the start,” Carroll explained. “He’s really fast.

Seahawks fans will try to set stadium record for noise Sept. 15

Instead, it was Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson receiving a nice welcome at the Alaskan Airlines Hangar by very excited high school and community college students. Wilson stressed the importance of education to all 1,100 students. With NFL training camp only two weeks away, Wilson says he’s ready. “I feel great. Body is feeling good, been swimming more,” he said. “I’ve been trying to get my conditioning up, running a lot. Working out a ton, so I feel great.”

Bruce Irvin to play linebacker for Seattle Seahawks

Tafoya was recently hired by Volume 12 to help with its social media. The former Seahawk said the idea of setting a world record came to him in the middle of the night recently. It occurred to me late one night, like at 3 in the morning, that there was an opportunity to do something really cool by breaking the world record, Tafoya said. I didnt even know how to do it so I went online and saw the Guinness site and filled out an application and they responded relatively fast and accepted the application. Technically, the rules state that applicants get three attempts at setting a world record. Tafoya said a Guinness representative will be flown to Seattle for the game paid for by Volume 12 to set up meters to record the noise level. Tafoya said he doesnt want to disrupt the game, so one likely scenario is that shortly before the game, fans will be told to cheer in an attempt to break the record.

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Irvin is permitted to participate in all of training camp and the preseason to work at his new position. Hes extremely versatile, and thats why weve loved him from the start , Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, per the report. Hes really fast. Hes 250 pounds, and hes exactly fitting the right kind of body type to play outside backer in the 3-4 system. Were a 4-3 personnel system that plays 3-4 looks. Hes extremely valuable for us. Irvin is 6-3, 245 pounds and hes probably not big enough to be effective as an every-down end. The Seahawks also boosted their depth at end by signing Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in free agency. If Irvin can play in space, he could garner more playing time at linebacker while playing with his hand in the dirt on third down.

Volume 12 eyes Guinness record

Seattle Seahawks fans will try to break record for ‘loudest crowd roar’

The group, Volume 12, is organizing an effort to break the Guinness World Record for “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium” on Sept. 15 during the Seahawks’ home opener versus their hated NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers . According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which had earlier reported the group’s attempt, Volume 12 is not affiliated with the NFL team. However, it has applied with Guinness to attempt the record and posted on its Facebook page that the organization has accepted its application. The current record for loudest crowd roar is 131.76 decibels, set on March 18, 2011, during a soccer match at the Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.Fans of Turkey’s Galatasaray S.K. club were given three chances to set the record and hit it on their third try. The Seahawks say Seattle’s famed 12th Man has been measured at 112 decibels, louder than a power saw or rock concert but not much more quiet than a Boeing 747.

Seahawks fans could set stadium noise world record

According to the team’s official website , crowd noise at CenturyLink Field has contributed to a league-high 121 opponents’ false-start penalties since 2005. The current high ever recorded there is 112 decibels. In contrast, a Boeing 747 creates 130 decibels. The Seahawks’ fans, however, will need to do better than a jet to break the record, which is now more than two years old. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer , that honor, at 131.76 decibels, is held by fans of Turkish soccer club Galatasaray from a game in Istanbul on March 18, 2011. Not surprisingly, in a city known for coffee and supersonic achievements, Seattle sports fans have a lot of pep and make a ton of noise. Their passion carries over to the aptly named Sounders, their entry in Major League Soccer that also plays at CenutryLink Field. The Seahawks have the best home-field advantage in the NFL and went 8-0 at CenturyLink last season.

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The group called Volume 12 hopes to set the record during the Seahawks home opener Sept. 15 against the 49ers at CenturyLink Field. That will be a Sunday night game on KING 5. The current world record of nearly 132 decibels was set in 2011 during a soccer match in Turkey. The Seahawks website says Seattle’s 12th Man has been measured at 112 decibels. However, CenturyLink Field can hold 7,000 more fans than the stadium where the current record is held. The league announced in April it will now allow teams to use video scoreboards to encourage crowd noise in stadiums during entire plays. Seahawks fans will remember that they actually triggered a small seismic event during a playoff game three years ago. It happened when Marshawn Lynch broke more than a half-dozen tackles on the way to a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.

Russell Wilson: Week 6 my Seahawks turning point

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Through five games, Wilson averaged just 163 passing yards to go with five touchdowns and six interceptions. Harrison: NFC summer storylines Don’t fear the dog days: Elliot Harrison picks out a storyline worth paying attention to for each team in the NFC. More … But over the final 11 regular-season games, Wilson’s numbers jumped to 209.3 yards per game with 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He was the NFL’s highest-rated quarterback (120.3) in the second half of the season, on his way to tying Peyton Manning ‘s rookie record with 26 touchdown passes. So what happened in Week 6 to light a fire under Wilson?

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4. The two late-game scrambles against the Bears (3:00 and 3:38) Im fairly certain the first of these two plays a drive-extending first down with Seattle trailing in the fourth quarter is the moment Brian Urlacher decided to retire. The second was a scamper for a first down with Seattle facing a third-and-4, in overtime, on the edge of field-goal range in one of the leagues most treacherous kicking stadiums. Russell Wilson tore my Bears-fan heart out that day, but it certainly made me a believer. 5. The throw at 6:10 Russell Wilson was drafted in the third round, presumably because hes small and lacks arm strength. This would be the time to mention he finished his rookie season with 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images Wilson’s Seahawks beat Robert Griffin III’s Redskins in a wild-card game last season. The good news here is that neither laziness nor lack of preparation will be Wilson’s undoing. Even the notion of relaxing in the weeks leading up to training camp seemed strange to him. “I’ll rest later,” Wilson said. “You guys have to remember that I played two sports most of my life [football and baseball]. It’s one of those things where I’ve never had a break before this past offseason. I like to have a lot of things on my plate.” It will be wise for Wilson to maintain that approach because flying under the radar will never be part of his NFL experience again. The Seahawks will be a trendy Super Bowl pick, and the collective ascension of so many young quarterbacks means there will be more comparisons in the coming years.

Russell Wilson faces new pressure

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Since the 2012 season finished up, Wilson has heard from other shorter quarterbacks. He wants to give them hope the same way he says the 6-foot Drew Brees gave him hope. “If you can play, you can play,” Wilson said. “And that’s what I try to teach these kids.” Wilson has some help at his two-day stop in Madison in former Badgers running back Montee Ball and lineman Kevin Zeitler, among others. At one point Saturday, Wilson took a moment to chat with new Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, a coach he says brings “intelligence” and “fire” to the game. He didn’t fault Bret Bielema for leaving, saying turnover happens in sports and that it’s a good sign for any program. As for Wilson, he was arguably the best rookie in a loaded rookie class at quarterback. The mobile, accurate quarterback completed 64.1% of his passes for 3,118 yards with 26 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. He also ran for 489 yards and four scores, growing from caretaker to playmaker faster than practically everyone expected.

Also nominated: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel (Heisman Trophy winner), Los Angeles Dodgers hitting sensation Yasiel Puig, and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Kaepernick took over as San Franciscos starting quarterback at midseason and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl after throwing for 1,814 yards and 10 touchdowns with a 98.3 passer rating in seven starts. Manziel, nicknamed Johnny Football by A&M fans, became the first freshman to win Marshawn Lynch Jersey the Heisman and also the first to win the Davey OBrien National Quarterback Award. He threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns and led A&M to a 41-13 Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma. In the major leagues slightly more than a month, Puig hit eight home runs and batted .436 with 44 hits in June. According to Elias Sports Bureau, no player to debut since 1900 hit for a higher batting average in his first calendar month (minimum 60 at-bats) than Puigs .436. Also according to Elias, the only player to debut since 1900 with more hits Puig in his first big-league calendar month was Joe DiMaggio, who had 48 in May 1936. As a 20-year-old in 2012, Trout hit .326 with 30 home runs, 83 RBIs and a league-leading 49 stolen bases.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch’s DUI case continues with no resolution yet

Marshawn Lynch in attendance at Seahawks OTAs

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The suppression hearing was continued late from May until Friday, and now has been continued to November. Lynch, who pleaded not guilty, could face an NFL suspension whether hes found guilty or not. About 3:20 a.m. July 14, 2012, Lynch was pulled over after he was seen weaving between lanes on Interstate 880 near Oakland, according to an incident report from the California Highway Patrol. His Ford Econoline van nearly collided with two other vehicles on the highway, the police report stated. The Seahawks star was arrested after he showed signs of intoxication and performed roadside sobriety tests. He was booked into jail, where he took a chemical blood-alcohol test and was cited before being released.

Marshawn Lynch DUI case continued to July 5

The question from one of the 500 fans at the meeting was about the offense veering more toward a passing attack after the Seahawks ran the ball a league-high 536 times last season? No, was Carrolls blunt and immediate response, which drew a rousing mixture of laughs and applause. There are so many good things that come from running the football. It adds to the mentality of your team. It adds to the toughness of your football club that you present. Because youre always going to play tough defense, hopefully. Were always going to be tough in special teams.

Marshawn Lynch scores touchdown in Cal spring game

Griffin paid a heavy price this season for welcoming contact on his way to becoming the first quarterback since Randall Cunningham in 1990 to finish a regular season with at least 3,000 yards passing and 750 yards rushing. He led the NFL in scrambles (43) and scrambling yards (411) before suffering the knee injury during the regular season. Wilson welcomed contact a bit too frequently in this game Sunday, but he was much more apt to slide during the regular season. “I hate to see him take hits — he’s like my little brother,” Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said. The Seahawks need rushing yardage, not carnage, from their quarterback. Lynch is the hammer in this Seahawks offense. ESPN charting showed Lynch with 65 yards after contact, his highest figure in a game this season. Lynch, as is his custom, avoided contact with reporters after the game, declining interviews in violation of league rules.

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Mikell would be a significant upgrade on that motley crew. Shane Vereen likely to help replace Hernandez ESPN Boston says Shane Vereen is “worth closely monitoring” as the Patriots scramble to replace Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots are extremely creative with their offensive weapons, using versatility to create mismatches. The explosive Vereen has that versatility, while the likes of Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, and Mike Hoomanawanui don’t. Ex-Patriots scouting intern Field Yates expects Vereen to move all over the formation, splitting out wide against linebackers as a pre-snap motion player. He’ll also fill Danny Woodhead’s old passing-back role that produced 40 catches (55 targets) a year ago. Vereen will be an asset for both the Pats and 2013 fantasy owners. Cowboys expected to lock up Sean Lee soon ESPN Dallas expects the Cowboys to sign MLB Sean Lee to a contract extension before the regular season starts. Lee is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

He was already taking care of his physical conditioning elsewhere. But when its all said and done, he did it for team unity. Hes a good man. granadafan says: May 28, 2013 7:05 PM Beast Mode! May 28, 2013 7:10 PM The dude had whatlike 350 carries last yr? I think theyd be smart to give him a little extra rest. Beast Mode deserves it! onbucky96 says: May 28, 2013 8:05 PM Well yeah he was there. The Seahawks were afraid hed get arrested, again, if he werent there.

Marshawn Lynch’s DUI case is delayed again

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Lynch, 26, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol http://www.parkwolfpackfootball.com/nfl/marshawnlynchjersey.html early Saturday morning on July 14 when a police officer observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland, weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars. After failing a preliminary sobriety test, Lynch was taken into custody and transported to the Alameda County Sheriff departments north county jail in Oakland. Lynch submitted to a breathalyzer test, and the test came back positive that his blood alcohol content level was over the states legal limit of 0.08. The Alameda County District Attorneys office filed charges against Lynch for driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, July 18. Lynch pled not guilty to charges of allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Alameda County Superior Court last August. Lynch was a no-show on the first day of organized team activities for Seattle this week. However, the Cal product did attend the start of Phase II of the Seahawks offseason training program two weeks ago, and head coach Pete Carroll said he looked in shape and ready to go. This is voluntary, Carroll said.

Even with recent additions, Marshawn Lynch continues to lead the way

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Sports Marshawn Lynch absent for start of OTA’s By Brad Biggs | National Football Post Tue, May 21, 2013 10:02 AM EDT Tweet 0 Marshawn Lynch was not present for the opening of OTAs on Monday but Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he thought the running back could show up before the teams 10 practices conclude on June 6. There was no explanation for where Lynch was but Carroll noted the workouts are voluntary in nature. The running back is healthy so at least that is not a concern. He came in 10 days ago and he’s in very good shape , Carroll said, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. He’s working an intense program in his area and he is benefiting from it. We’d love to see everybody here. Robert Turbin ran with the starters in the absence of Lynch, who rushed for a career-high 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season as he buoyed the Seattle offense while rookie quarterback Russell Wilson developed. Follow me on Twitter: @ BradBiggs Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune Follow @footballpost on Twitter for the latest news This story originally appeared on Nationalfootballpost.com Loading…

Marshawn Lynch absent for start of OTA’s

The Seattle Seahawks running back and former California Golden Bear turned back the clock Saturday and went Beast Mode at Cal’s spring game. Lynch suited up for the game and scored a touchdown. So how exactly did an NFL player suit for a college spring game? Due to injuries, the Bears were able to dress two running backs — Jonah Hodges and Jeffrey Coprich –and that’s where Lynch stepped in. According to Lynch, suiting up was partly his idea. “It was a little mix.