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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!

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

2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: Is Marqui Christian the SS of the Future? - Turf Show Times
Christian is obviously going to get consideration to be the Rams backup safety. He could also be getting extended looks into a potentially larger role in 2019.

LA Rams Madden 19 ratings - Turf Show Times
If you’re a video gamer, then this one’s for you!

LA Rams skyrocket up Bill Barnwell’s “best and worst” arsenal rankings - Turf Show Times
The Rams ranked near the bottom of Barnwell’s rankings following the 2016 season. A stellar 2017 campaign has them much higher on his list this year.

Do the Los Angeles Rams have the talent to become the NFL’s next Legion of Boom? - Turf Show Times
The Ringer explores which secondary unit will reign supreme in the Legion Of Boom’s absence.

Pro Football Focus: OL rankings for 2018 put Los Angeles Rams in top 10 - Turf Show Times
The Rams’ big men up front dropped a few spots in PFF’s latest OL rankings.

San Francisco 49ers via Niners Nation

49ers roster: Should the Reuben Foster play during the preseason? - Niners Nation
It’s a crummy situation, but with two games where they are without their best linebacker, should they get reps to other players against other first-team NFL offenses?

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh: “There’s no doubt in my mind that the end-of-season run is going to happen.” - Niners Nation
He won’t be surprised if they are at .500 midway through the season, but he thinks there’s a switch to flip.

Which pair do Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garappolo remind fans of? - Niners Nation
The 49ers should look no further than Oakland, CA.

49ers roster rankings: Bill Barnwell looks at offensive skill positions, down on 49ers group for now - Niners Nation
When you remove Jimmy Garoppolo, the offensive line, and Kyle Shanahan’s scheme, this is not entirely surprising.

PFF rankings 2018: 49ers offensive line middle of the pack with upside - Niners Nation
The 49ers are overhauling their line compared to last year.

Adrian Colbert gets workout in with Earl Thomas - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers return to training camp in two weeks, and players are getting through their last vacations and personal workouts. On Thursday, 49ers safety Adrian Colbert posted this...

NFL coaching staff rankings: 49ers get love from Bleacher Report almost entirely because of Kyle Shanahan - Niners Nation
Assessing a coaching staff is never an easy task. The head coach and his coordinators are the most prominent people, but position coaches can be just as important in developing the roster. Look at...

Setting expectations for 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman in 2018 - Niners Nation
How will the defensive star come back from the injury?

One QB ranking that has Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of Tom Brady - Niners Nation
It is not a simple task assessing where Jimmy Garoppolo stands among NFL quarterbacks heading into the 2018 season. The 49ers won five straight games to close last season after Jimmy G moved into...

Peter King on Jimmy Garoppolo: “I don’t want to overstate this. He’s the most compelling story in the NFL this year” - Niners Nation
The NBC Sports writer had an appearance on KNBR and delivered some words on the 49ers quarterback.

49ers training camp 2018: What positional battles are you watching? - Niners Nation
A recent article on indicates wide receiver is the position battle to watch. Do you have a different one?

Seattle Seahawks via Field Gulls

Poll: Who will be the odd man out in the Seattle Seahawks running back competition? - Field Gulls
Unless the Seattle Seahawks take the "we’re going to revive our running game" promise a little too seriously, it’s unlikely that they’ll be carrying five running backs on the 53-man roster. With...

Which Seahawks are most likely to make the Pro Bowl next year? - Field Gulls
It wasn’t long ago that the Seattle Seahawks had one of the most talented rosters in NFL history and expected to send a high number of those players to the Pro Bowl — if only they couldn’t skip...

Fantasy Football: 3 Seahawks with sleeper potential - Field Gulls
ESPN recently released some of their top fantasy sleepers and busts going into the 2018 season. It’s no surprise that Rashaad Penny shows up on a few of these as both a sleeper and a breakout for...

What does Rashaad Penny have to do to become “elite”? Not much - Field Gulls
The conversation around running backs over the last couple of years has been loud and controversial. That sort of makes it a "controvasion" which is a word that I just made up that I hope to get...

Shaquill Griffin’s first career INT came against now-teammate Jaron Brown - Field Gulls
Seahawks rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin played 14.5 games — 29 halves of football — before he recorded his first interception. That wait is not necessarily a bad thing, oftentimes it can mean...

Madden 19 releases ratings for the Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls
Wagner and Thomas edge Wilson as the highest rated Seahawks

Barkevious Mingo was an average pick in a bad 2013 draft - Field Gulls
The Seattle Seahawks signed Barkevious Mingo to a two-year deal in March, and I think he’s a sleeper choice for being one of the most valuable players on the roster next season. Not that he’ll be...

The latest sign that Earl Thomas wants to play for the Cowboys - Field Gulls
What’s wrong with wanting to play for your childhood team? In my opinion: Absolutely nothing. Even if you’re still bound to a different NFL team. And even if you let it be publicly known that you’d...

Why RB CJ Prosise is unique to the Seattle Seahawks’ roster - Field Gulls
The most versatile member of the Seahawks backfield might also be the least talked about

Blair Walsh may be gone, but the Seattle Seahawks still have major question marks at kicker - Field Gulls
The Seattle Seahawks have had problems at placekicker for the last two seasons. Steven Hauschka’s extra point difficulties defined his 2016 season, while Blair Walsh’s pathetic 72.4% success rate...