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NFC West Roundup: Crabtree Blossoming, NASCAR Haters and 2014 Stars

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We know that the NFC West has not been the most competitive of divisions over the past few years, but there is still a lot of rivalry between the teams. Knowing what your enemies plans and schemes is what the NFL is all about. With this weekly post, we take a look at what the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams are up to during the lockout.

Here is your NFC West Roundup.

Why there is hope for Michael Crabtree - Inside the 49ers

Vernon Davis has arguably been one of the best, if not the best, tight end in the NFL over the past couple of seasons. This writer believes that Michael Crabtree, an unproductive wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, could transform his game and bloom into a great player much like Davis did.

49ers Blog and Q&A: After Smith and Baas, which offensive free agents will return?

Here is a list from Matt Barrows at the Sacramento Bee that details which free agents the San Francisco 49ers will look to retain and which ones they won't.

Seahawks receiver says NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes - From the Marbles - NASCAR Blog - Yahoo! Sports

This isn't much in the way of NFL news, but Seattle Seahawks wide receiver is catching a lot of heat these days for saying that NASCAR drivers are not athletes. Do you agree or disagree?

2014-2016 biggest stars NFC - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN

Who knows how the league will look in the year 2014? How about 2016? I didn't think so. Anyways, Mike Sando put together this list of four players (one from each team in the NFC West) that will be stars in the division from 2014-2016.

Seahawks take back seat at ESPYs - NFC West Blog - ESPN

The ESPYs aired last Wednesday night and I am proud to announce that although the Seahawks had two different players/plays nominated for an award, they left the building with nothing. Marshawn Lynch's seismic sprint was probably better, but people decided to go with the more recent game-tying goal by Abby Wambach for the U.S. team. It's all good with me though, just glad to see the Seahawks continue to lose.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Rams could be considering familiar free-agent faces

Pro Football Weekly is now saying that the St.Louis Rams will have their eyes on three free agents in particular once the CBA nonsense is settled. Click the link to find out what three players Steve Spagnuolo would like to bring to Missouri.

101Sports.com: Howard Balzer - Steven Jackson, Sam Bradford No-shows in NFC West Top 15

While Sando was away, Matt Williamson posted something on the NFC West blog for ESPN that consisted of the top 15 players in our division. In this list, one key player was omitted. Steven Jackson has been a colossal running back in this league for years, but I guess Williamson didn't feel he belonged in the top 15. What do you think? Has Jackson lost a step or has Williamson lost his mind?

ProFootballWeekly.com - Seahawks confident Unger can get job done at center

Many people criticized the draft that the Seahawks had last April. They said that picking James Carpenter in the first round was a reach, along with John Moffitt in the third. Now the Seahawks are apparently going to take more risks on their offensive line. Max Unger, a third-year pro, will be given the starting center role for the Seahawks. Outside of Russell Okung, that line looks to still be pretty shaky.

All in the family: NFC West free agency - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Mike Sando decides to make this post in where he creates a scenario that includes the Rams poaching on other NFC West free agents. Two Cardinals players make the list. Click the link to read why these six guys could make a huge difference in St. Louis.