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Around the NFC West with SB Nation

News and notes from around SB Nation on the NFC West.

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We are a week from the Arizona Cardinals starting training camp, as well as the rest of the NFC West.

Which gives Cardinals fans plenty of information to digest heading into training camp season.

Let’s get to it.

Los Angeles Rams via Turf Show Times

Statistical outputs for LA Rams QB Goff, RB Gurley, WR Cooks - Turf Show Times
One online betting house isn’t seeing much statistical improvement for Goff or Gurley and isn’t betting on a huge year from Cooks either.

PFF ranks LA Rams fourth-best pass-rushing unit - Turf Show Times
Arguably the Rams’ strongest unit on the team gets a high rank from the guys over at Pro Football Focus.

2018 ESPN Future Power Rankings put LA Rams back into top 10 - Turf Show Times
After two years in the bottom tier of the rankings, the Rams’ future now looks undeniably bright.

LA Rams sign WR Brandin Cooks to a 5-year extension - Turf Show Times
The Rams have nailed down one of their potential 2019 free agents.

NFL’s sharpest looks: Los Angeles Rams “fauxback” uniforms are a mess - Turf Show Times
Gold is coveted by many, but not by the Los Angeles Rams’ fan base...

How does the Le’Veon Bell impasse affect the Rams and Todd Gurley? - Turf Show Times
The Steelers look destined for a breakup with their star RB. What for the Rams and perhaps the best dual-threat running back in the NFL?

Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley working together for better deals - Turf Show Times
Le'veon Bell is doing what he said he would do, starting a new trend for RB contracts. And Todd Gurley is falling in line

2018 LA Rams training camp preview: The Sean McVay era - Turf Show Times
We’re breaking down the five top storylines for training camp starting with the man at the top who turned things around for the Rams in 2017.

WATCH: LA Rams Head Coach Sean McVay remembers every play from 2017 - Turf Show Times
McBae remembers.

San Francisco 49ers via Niners Nation

49ers rookies 2018: Best case, worst case for Mike McGlinchey - Niners Nation
The 49ers had a strong 2017 rookie class. What can we expect from the 2018 class?

49ers free agents 2019: Bradley Pinion is the best combo kicker in the NFL - Niners Nation
Now we wait and see if he can work out a contract extension with the 49ers.

49ers contracts: Kyle Juszczyk deal remains ‘gold standard’ in discussions of bloated deals - Niners Nation
But is it really all that bloated?

Pro Football Focus roster rankings 2018: 49ers pass rush shows up 19th, but potential is there to climb - Niners Nation
Pro Football Focus is ranking out position units. They like the upside of the 49ers pass rush, but there are still questions.

Jimmy Garoppolo contract: Bill Barnwell lists it as bloated, but with a caveat - Niners Nation
There were options, but given the importance of the QB position, this played out about as one would expect.

Greg Cosell talks 49ers wide receivers, Jimmy Garoppolo and the team’s optimism for year two - Niners Nation
Matt Maiocco had NFL Films producer on his latest podcast. If anyone can evaluate talent from watching film, it’s him.

Ronnie Lott encouragement to Jaquiski Tartt - Niners Nation
"Do it."

Seattle Seahawks via Field Gulls

When talking about the Seahawks defensive line, don’t forget about Nazair Jones - Field Gulls
Of the many key injuries the Seattle Seahawks suffered on defense last year, one that did not get discussed very much was DL Nazair Jones.

Drafted out of North Carolina in the third-round of the...

ESPN’s NFC West beat reporters pick Rams to win division again, Seahawks to miss playoffs - Field Gulls
Considering the offseason that the Los Angeles Rams had, they’re going to be the favorites not just to win the NFC West, but to possibly make the Super Bowl. Hate them all you want, but you can’t...

What did Earl Thomas say on Instagram this time? - Field Gulls
Earl Thomas continues to be the main driving force behind Earl Thomas holdout stories. Usually with Instagram. On Monday, he made that even more apparent, posting the following message on Insta:...

3000 NFL Mock Draft: Earl Thomas holdout continues, look at NFC West - Field Gulls
A new episode of 3000 NFL Mock Draft. Me and Rob Staton (@RobStaton, SeahawksDraftBlog.com) discuss Earl Thomas, the state of the Seahawks defense, and Michael Dickson. Then a discussion on where...

Seahawks training camp preview: Which positions are up for grabs? - Field Gulls
Earlier this year, Richard Sherman commented that the Seattle Seahawks were not as competitive as they were during their Super Bowl years. Surely one reason for that is that during 2010-2012, they...

2018 NFL predictions: USA Today has Seattle Seahawks finishing 4-12 - Field Gulls
It’s one thing to predict that the Seattle Seahawks will miss the playoffs in the 2018 NFL season, but this is the first article I’ve seen that pegs Seattle as one of the league’s worst teams...

Seahawks 2018 schedule: Is this the year that Russell Wilson solves the Packers defense? - Field Gulls
For the fifth straight season, the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers will play each other, but this is the first time since the 2014 NFC Championship Game that the venue is CenturyLink Field.