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Addition of Williams gives depth to Seattle's line (The Associated Press) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Cliff Avril watched Kevin Williams going through practice drills, amazed by what he was seeing from a defensive tackle entering his 12th season. It's why Seattle pursued Williams so much during the offseason. I'm definitely going to pick his brain to see if I can steal another five years.'' The addition of Williams in June seemed like a smart way for Seattle to add a veteran to its defensive line at a relative bargain. Williams gives Seattle the chance to go big and play a front of three defensive tackles in run situations, but his quickness off the snap means he can also be used in passing downs. Yahoo! Mon, Sep 01
 
Vikings WR Simpson gets 3-game suspension by NFL (The Associated Press) Courtesy of
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, his second such punishment in three seasons. The league announced the punishment Friday, putting Simpson on the sideline without pay until Sept. 22 when the Vikings begin practice for a Week 4 matchup with Atlanta. He won't count against the 53-man active roster until then, creating an opportunity for Adam Thielen and Rodney Smith, both of whom spent last year on the practice squad as undrafted rookies, to survive the final cuts and make the team for now. Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings are the top two wide receivers, with Jarius Wright the only other player with NFL experience at the position. Yahoo! Fri, Aug 29
 
NFL suspends Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson again for substance abuse (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
Mike Zimmer's NFL head coaching debut just got a bit tougher, as the Minnesota Vikings received word from the league wide receiver Jerome Simpson that has been suspended for the first three games of the season. The ruling marks Simpson's second three-game suspension in three years for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The 28-year-old was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in November and later pled guilty to careless driving, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press . Simpson remained on probation from a 2011 incident after which he spent 15 days in jail for admitting to receiving two pounds of marijuana shipped to his Kentucky home, where police also found another pound of pot. He was prohibited from alcohol use as a result of his guilty plea. A second-round pick by the Bengals out of Coastal Carolina in 2008, Simpson was Minnesota's second-leading receiver in 2013, hauling in 48 receptions for 726 yards and a touchdown. After signing another none-guaranteed one-year deal worth $1 million, he fell to No. 3 on Zimmer's depth chart behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson this preseason. In Roger Goodell's memo to all 32 teams on Thursday, announcing more severe penalties for domestic abuse and sexual assault violations, the NFL commissioner said the league has also been seeking longer suspensions for driving under the influence. We are similarly working to strengthen our response to impaired driving. We have sought — unsuccessfully — for several years to obtain the NFLPA’s agreement to more stringent discipline for DUI, including mandatory deactivation for the game immediately following an arrest and a minimum two-game suspension for a first violation of law. We will continue to press our position on this issue in the hope of securing the union’s agreement. Jarius Wright is expected to take Simpson's snaps in the Vikings' three-wide-receiver sets for their games against the Rams, Patriots and Saints to start the season. More on the Vikings: Yahoo! Fri, Aug 29
 
Three-Down Linebackers (Rotoworld) Courtesy of
Jeff Ratcliffe gives you a heads up on which linebackers play three downs for all 32 teams. Yahoo! Sun, Aug 31
 
Team Report - TENNESSEE TITANS (The SportsXchange) Courtesy of
Titans' defense struggling in transition to 3-4 Yahoo! Sun, Aug 31
 
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Matt Cassel USC
 
 
 
 
 
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Zach Line Southern Methodist
 
 
 
 
 
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