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[June 27, 2014]  June 26 (The Sports Xchange) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said the defending Super Bowl champions are in much better shape than they were a year ago with camp still a month away.

"Right now, I definitely believe we're way further ahead," Wilson said, according to ESPN.com. "It's exciting. You have an itch because you know how to do it at a very high level. And the best part about it is we can continue to do it better."

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Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings said he wants to be the man to reverse the trend of the running back position being devalued throughout the NFL.

Peterson told Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth that he wants to "beat down the things they are saying about the running back position." A running back hasn't been taken in the first round of the NFL draft for the past two seasons. He believes that reflects more on the talent in the draft.

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New York Giants running back David Wilson is looking ahead to a July 21 exam of his surgically repaired neck that he hopes will clear him for contact in time for training camp.

Wilson had a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year and underwent surgery this offseason.

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New York Jets running back Chris Johnson is not the same player when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 2009, so the team plans to mix it up in the backfield to keep him fresh.

Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn conceded the team will use Johnson judiciously, incorporating him into a rotation with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, who nearly evenly split the bulk of the team's carries a year ago.

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The Washington Redskins signed college free agent wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., the son of the NFL's all-time leading receiver, the team announced Thursday.

Rice Jr. had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.

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Former New York Jets running back Mike Goodson missed his court appearance Thursday on charges related to drug and weapons possession.

Goodson, who was released June 18 by the Jets one day after he did not show up for a mandatory minicamp practice, was due in Morris County (N.J.) Superior Court for a status conference.

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Jadeveon Clowney's sports hernia surfaced last year at South Carolina and was not the result of a recent injury, the NFL Draft's No. 1 pick told NFL.com on Thursday.

Clowney spoke with Gil Brant of the NFL Network at the league's Rookie Symposium and said he played through the hernia during his final season at South Carolina. The Houston Texans rookie linebacker underwent surgery earlier this month in Philadelphia to repair the problem. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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