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Bird Droppings from 6/8/13


Arizona Cardinals News:

Raining on NFC West offseason parade - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. is listing the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals among five NFL teams he thought enjoyed outstanding offseasons to this point. This

Ranking the NFL wide receivers -
We know Calvin Johnson is the NFL's best receiver. Who takes the medal stand to his left and right? Chris Wesseling has that answer while ranking the top 40 receivers in football.

Frostee Rucker Plays His Part
Veteran defensive end takes over role after departure of Holliday, Eason

Word From the Birds Blog | Peterson checks in at No. 33
The Cardinals finally had another entry into the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list. Last time we checked in on the list, linebacker Daryl Washington was entered at No. 94.

NFL News:

Dark clouds over Cleveland Browns are hard to ignore -
The Cleveland Browns have plenty of reasons for optimism as they approach 2013. But, as Josh Gordon's suspension on Friday reminds us, some storm clouds have settled over Berea.

Josh Gordon suspended two Cleveland Browns games -
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended two games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Did the Browns know about this before the Davone Bess trade?

Darelle Revis will be ready for Week 1, says Bucs GM -
Darrelle Revis has said all along he'll be ready for Week 1 against his former team, the N.Y. Jets. On Friday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik proved he and Revis are on the same page.

JaMarcus Russell's Bears workout reportedly 'positive' -
JaMarcus Russell's comeback attempt continued Friday when he worked out with the Chicago Bears. Russell reportedly looked trim and showed a big arm. Will the Bears bite?

NFC West News:

San Francisco 49ers:

This Week in Niners Nation: Special Teams Overhaul Edition (6/7) - Niners Nation
This Week in Niners Nation, a weekly revisiting of Niners Nation content. We continue our 90-in-90 series of posts about each of the ninety players going into camp. We also take a look at the revamping of our special teams unit right before our eyes.

49ers Roster, 90-in-90 breakdowns: Mario Manningham - Niners Nation
Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today we focus on Mario Manningham.

Can you imagine a scenario in which Colin Kaepernick is NOT with 49ers after 2014? - Niners Nation
What if the 49ers can't find a way to extend the contract of rising-star QB Colin Kaepernick before it expires following the 2014 season?

Seattle Seahawks News:

"History's tiniest linebacker" - Field Gulls
Antoine Winfield, ladies and gentlemen.

What if Russell Wilson sucks in 2013? - Field Gulls
A plausible downside scenario for Russell Wilson and why we should respect that it might happen.

Seahawks offseason podcast with Wait For It Seattle - Field Gulls
I got on the horn with Kevin Cacabelos and Brian Elsnor - the fellas from Wait For It Seattle - last night to talk a little Seahawks

St. Louis Rams News:

Arizona Cardinals Offseason Review - Turf Show Times
There were big changes in the desert this offseason. How does the team look now?

St. Louis Rams 2013 breakout candidate: Michael Brockers - Turf Show Times
CBS Sports Analyst Pete Prisco put together a list of ‘breakout’ candidates for the 2013 season. He thinks Michael Brockers has what it takes to put together a double-digit sack sophomore year.

St. Louis Rams OTA's: Sam Bradford not pass happy, but confident - Turf Show Times
St. Louis Rams’ QB Sam Bradford isn’t certain that the exodus of Steven Jackson means the Rams will be "pass happy" in 2013. He’s confident with his arsenal of wideouts though…