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Around the NFC West with SB Nation

Checking in on the Rams, 49ers and Seahawks

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Happy Sunday one and all.

As the time for training camp draws near, we once again check in on our NFC West rivals with a little help from SB Nation.

Los Angeles Rams via Turf Show Times

LA Rams DL Aaron Donald voted #7 on NFL’s Top 100 Players for 2018 - Turf Show Times
#paytheman

LA Rams RB Todd Gurley voted #6 on NFL’s Top 100 Players for 2018 - Turf Show Times
JTG makes his return to the NFL Top 100 after missing out last year.

MMQB explains how LA Rams bring rookies into the NFL fold - Turf Show Times
"One thing we do, we care about the man."

The three LA Rams records that won’t ever be broken - Turf Show Times
Not. Gonna. Happen.

LA Rams HC Sean McVay falls just outside Top 10 head coach rankings - Turf Show Times
What the LA Rams’ first year head coach was able to do in 2017 was impressive.

LA Rams: Press coverage? Off-man? Jared Goff had the answer either way - Turf Show Times
Goff’s weapons excelled no matter what the coverage

Los Angeles Rams ran 11 personnel more than any team in the NFL in 2017 - Turf Show Times
Pro Football Focus notes the increase in usage of 11 personnel in the NFL over the last decade. And no team uses it more than the LA Rams.

San Francisco 49ers via Niners Nation

49ers bubble watch 2018: Reserve offensive tackles are in for a serious competition - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers have their starting tackles settled. The reserves are where the questions lie.

Golden Nuggets: Will George Kittle Make ‘The Leap’ in Year 2? - Niners Nation
A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Thursday, June 28th, 2018 edition.

Laken Tomlinson contract extension: 49ers ink guard to effectively a one-year extension and then ‘we’ll see’ - Niners Nation
Here’s how the cap hits and potential dead money look for the 49ers.

49ers roster 2018: Who are the potential playmakers on the offensive side of the ball - Niners Nation
Which players can deliver the big play when San Francisco needs it next season?

49ers bubble watch 2018: OL competition will come down to 3 or 4 roster spots - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers know four of their five starting offensive linemen. The last starter and the reserves leave plenty of room for debate.

Jerry Rice records: Nobody is breaking his post-40 numbers - Niners Nation
Jerry Rice finally slowed down the final two seasons of his career, but what he did after 40 is unlikely to ever be matched.

5 reasons why the 49ers will make the playoffs in 2018 - Niners Nation
NFL.com is here to offer hope to all 32 teams!

NFL jersey sales 2018: Jimmy Garoppolo, Richard Sherman are popular 49ers - Niners Nation
The NFL online store announced the highest selling jerseys for April to mid-June of 2018, and it is no surprise that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is on the list. Garoppolo is...

49ers bubble watch 2018: Heavy DL investment means plenty of competition - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers have invested heavily in their defensive line the past few years. It opens the door for some serious competition.

Would you trade Arik Armstead, or for Brandon Graham? - Niners Nation
A couple interesting hypothetical trades were written about. Anyone interested?

49ers opponents: One reason why the Seattle Seahawks will win the division (and one reason why they won’t) - Niners Nation
We’ve gone through several reasons why the San Francisco 49ers should be in the playoffs, let’s look why other division rivals should/shouldn’t win the NFC West

Seattle Seahawks via Field Gulls

How JaMarcus Russell’s unlikely heroics helped the Seahawks land Earl Thomas - Field Gulls
I know Earl Thomas is in the middle of a contract holdout, but whatever the end story of this may be, he’s been one of the most important draft picks in Seattle Seahawks history. He’s almost...

This is how far Eddie Lacy’s production fell after signing w Seahawks - Field Gulls
This may be hard to accept, but Eddie Lacy was good in 2016. He only had 75 touches for the Green Bay Packers before an injury ended his season after five games, but he was more successful than not...

This is what could keep Earl Thomas on the Seahawks - Field Gulls
Earl Thomas is holding out.

Hopefully that isn’t too much of a shock. Thomas is currently heading into the final year of his four-year, $40 million dollar second contract that he signed in 2014....

The Seahawks should cut their losses with Germain Ifedi - Field Gulls
It’s no secret the Seattle Seahawks have struggled to protect Russell Wilson. Last year their offensive line ranked 25th in the NFL in pass protection per Football Outsiders, allowing Wilson to be...

Why Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is still in his peak seasons - Field Gulls
Much has been made about the Seattle Seahawks defense’s performance without Earl Thomas, the potential for 2018 and beyond without him, and how much better equipped they are to (hypothetically)...

Comparing Danielle Hunter’s new Vikings deal to a new Frank Clark pact - Field Gulls
Danielle Hunter and Frank Clark have a lot in common.

Coming into the league they were very similar prospects:

Danielle Hunter - 6-5, 252lbs, 1.57" 10 yard split, 36.5" vert, 10’10" broad and 6.95...

3000 NFL Mock Draft: Should the Seahawks keep Frank Clark? - Field Gulls
New episode of the podcast and this time there’s a new theme song! Increasing the production value of the show (3000 NFL Mock Draft: A Seahawks podcast) as we speak.

Me and Rob get into topics...

The Cardinals have a good old fashion QB battle on their hands for Week 1 - Field Gulls
The Arizona Cardinals have a showdown for their starting quarterback position this summer. It will be interesting to see just who the Seattle Seahawks defense will be up against come Week 4.

The...