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    The Seattle Seahawks defense ate Peyton Manning alive, so he's building up his confidence with a secondary he can beat: elementary school kids.

    Nice work by his receiver to clear out some space with a double-juke, then explode into the open field for the catch. Good presence of mind to keep both feet in bounds, too. As for the defender? Richard Sherman is making his way to that school right now to teach these kids the art of being a — say it with us — shutdown corner.

    So, yes, great performance by the young receiver. Unfortunately, Mel Kiper Jr. is projecting the kid as a lock to go to the Raiders. But at least he'll get to see his buddy Peyton twice a year.

    As for Manning: he's seriously mellowed out since the last time we saw him throwing to kids. Either that, or he's going to crush Junior at the first dropped pass:

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  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning plans to be back for training camp. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on Manning’s performance this season.

    Manning had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle earlier in April, but told reporters on Tuesday he planned to be ready when training camp begins in August.

    A healthy Manning is one thing, but productivity is something else.

    Manning led the NFL with 27 interceptions during New York’s 7-9 season in 2013. He finished with 3,818 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, but Manning’s passer rating was 69.4 (second lowest total of his career).

    Manning led New York to a Super Bowl win during the 2011 season. However, Manning has led his team to the playoffs once during the past five years. In addition, he has thrown at least 25 interceptions twice over the past four seasons.

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  • Before the NFL draft on May 8-10, we'll be looking at all the key prospects and also breaking them down by position. In our "Draft Needs" series we will also examine which teams will be in the market at each position, looking to fill their remaining roster holes.


    Carolina Panthers: Assuming Carolina does not plan to run a wing-T offense this season, the Panthers will need to draft more than one receiver. Carolina released all-time leading receiver Steve Smith, who signed with Baltimore. Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon each signed with other teams during free agency. Carolina replaced those receivers with Jerricho Cotchery (Pittsburgh), Jason Avant (Philadelphia) and Tiquan Underwood (Tampa Bay) ... not necessarily the second coming of Washington’s “Fun Bunch.”

    Carolina could use its first-round pick on USC receiver Marqise Lee, who won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award with a breakout season (1,721 yards, 14 TDs) before nagging leg injuries led to 791 yards

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  • If you were armed with the knowledge that an NFL player suffered a stroke on the field because of a hit, you'd figure it would be apparent what happened when you saw the replay. reported that Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen suffered a stroke on the field and is retiring as a result, and the frightening part is the hit in question looks like any other NFL play.

    If a hit caused a dead spot on an NFL player's brain, as it did with Allen, it should be clear, right? The kind of hit that looked like it resulted in a bad concussion but turned out to be much worse.

    That's not the case with Allen. He never even paused to go down to a knee or had any reaction really.

    MMQB's excellent story by Robert Klemko outlined the series in which Allen apparently took the hit that gave him a stroke. In the first play from scrimmage after halftime in Week 15 against Buffalo, Allen hit center Eric Wood, who was trying to block him. Although Allen said he felt "something flash" after

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  • It was 10 years ago that Pat Tillman, who had given up everything he had worked for in the NFL to serve for his country, was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

    Hopefully, no one has forgotten his contributions to our nation. He was a truly selfless man whose memory should live on strongly for decades.

    What about the NFL? The league has done plenty to honor his memory, and it likely will continue to do so. Check out the video above — a touching interview between NFL Network's Jeff Darlington and Tillman's widow, Marie. She has helped carry on Pat's spirit and enlighten people about the incredible sacrifices he made for himself, his family and his country.

    And if you ask NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth, he believes  after reading this ESPN piece  that Tillman has done enough to be considered for entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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