There’s just one practice this afternoon, and I’ll have a full report later today. Here are some links to check out this morning.
Ryan Divish provides an interesting profile on defensive end Darryl Tapp, who says he understands the criticism that he has not played up to his potential.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com says the Seahawks are optimistic they can regain the NFC West crown.
Art Thiel of Seattlepi.com says the addition of defensive linemen Colin Cole and Cory Redding could be the difference from Seattle being another mediocre defense to regaining respectability on that side of the ball.
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John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports that T.J. Duckett is looking to carry more of the load this season.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this report on Tuesday night’s practice.
Steve Kelly, columnist for the Seattle Times, talks to linebacker Aaron Curry about the waiting game before finally signing with the Seahawks eight days after training camp began.
KJR’s Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen talk with Matt Hasselbeck in this audio link.
Wide Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh continues to give the Seahawks more national exposure. He sits down for an interview with Jim Rome in this video link.
Photos from NFC West training camp, including some pretty good Seahawks pictures courtesy of Rod Mar, formerly of the Seattle Times.
The New York Jets are reportedly gauging interest in running back Thomas Jones, as rookie Shonn Greene has impressed so far during training camp, and have placed a call to an NFC West team according to this report from The National Football Post.A rumor earlier this season suggested the Seahawks should trade Deion Branch for Thomas to bolster the team’s running back situation, but the team has maintained it’s happy with the guys currently in camp.
Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian profiles Oregon State product Joe Newton, who is competing for the No. 3 tight end spot on the Seahawks roster.
Greg Bishop of the New York Times, who used to work for the Seattle Times, offers this interesting take on NFL players and divorce, reporting that according to polls, studies and anecdotes, the rate of divorce in the NFL is between 60 and 80 percent. San Francisco 49ers
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that quarterback Shaun Hill and the 49ers offense are seeing a lot of blitzing from the team’s defense.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle profiles defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell. The undrafted free agent out of East Carolina is fighting for a roster spot.
According to Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, quarterback Alex Smith is unwilling to revive the feud between himself and former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan. The two will meet again this weekend when San Francisco plays Denver. Nolan is the Broncos defensive coordinator.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee writes that Michael Crabtree is fast becoming the scapegoat for everything wrong in NFL, noting that unsigned Buffalo first round draft pick Aaron Maybin is blaming the Crabtree negotiations for his waiting game with the Bills.Arizona Cardinals
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic writes that cornerback Bryant McFadden has brought Pittsburgh’s mentality with him to Arizona.
More McManaman: Former Seahawks receiver Jerheme Urban’s role with the Cardinals is expanding.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that the preseason designation has taken some of the luster out of the Cardinals upcoming game at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
More Urban: Daily battles between Larry Fitzgerald and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie make both of them better.St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that linebacker Will Witherspoon has benefited from the switch back to his old position of weak-side, outside backer from inside backer now that St. Louis has James Laurinaitis.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Marc Bulger says his arm is strong.