Friday, June 28, 2013
Links: Russell Wilson up for an ESPY
By ESPN.com staff
Bruce Arians came in at No. 18 on Lance Zierlein's list of the top 20 coaches in the NFL. The 49ers' Jim Harbaugh was No. 1, Pete Carroll was No. 14 and Jeff Fisher ranked 10th.
Azcardinals.com has six GIFs to get Cardinals fans pumped for the upcoming season.
San Francisco 49ers
Coach Jim Harbaugh has shown a lot of faith in rookie Vance McDonald, who is expected to replace Delanie Walker as the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart, writes CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco. Harbaugh assigned McDonald the No. 89, the same number worn by Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, whom Harbaugh compared McDonald to after the draft.
Lawrence Okoye had never played a snap of American football prior to his first practice in May. Injuries have given him plenty of opportunities for reps -- no 49ers defensive linemen played more snaps this spring than Okoye, writes the Sacramento Bee's Matthew Barrows. But the most difficult part of the transition still lies ahead. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done, I'm under no illusions," Okoye said.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is up for an ESPY as Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
Next up in CBSSports.com's series identifying a "relatively unheralded player per team who appears to be a good schematic fit and, therefore, more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his pro career": Seattle fifth-rounder Jesse Williams.
St. Louis Rams
Athlon Sports' Mark Ross breaks down the Rams' 2013 schedule.
The Rams were among the teams last season with the highest percentage of touchdown passes caught in the end zone with 63.6 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The league average was 52 percent.