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Seahawks rookie Germain Ifedi: This ‘team knows I won’t back down’

“I love the way he’s approached the game,” Carroll said. “Him engaging in what he needs to do and what he can and can’t do, that’s all we’re figuring out right now. I don’t want him to change anything. I want him to keep battling and keep pushing. I want him to match the passion that he sees from the guys across from him.

“I think he’s the real thing in terms of tough and physical and cares and all that. It’s going to be a bit before he can get his football together, but it’s going to happen, and I want him to be just the guy that he is. He’s hard, tough, cares a bunch, and we just need him to make good decisions is what we need him to do.”

The Seahawks’ offensive line is a work in progress. Bennett and Cliff Avril have given them fits at times during team drills. And the toughness won’t matter if they can’t block anyone. But at this point in camp, the coaches seem excited about what they’ve seen from guys like Ifedi and Mark Glowinski.

From left to right, the starters have been: Garry Gilliam, Glowinski, Justin Britt, Ifedi and J’Marcus Webb. The team is taking a look at veteran Jahri Evans Friday, and if he signs, they could switch some things around. But regardless of who’s on the field, the message from assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable will be the same.

“We’re not here to back down,” Ifedi said when asked what Cable’s advice has been. “This offensive line isn’t going to back down from any challenge, but don’t let it take you outside your game. Still play your game, still do your assignment. Even if something like that happens, move on to the next play, and play the next play like it didn’t happen because that’s what’s going to happen on the field.”

Franchise legend Larry Fitzgerald has already linked his future NFL plans to those of Carson Palmer.

Now the team is putting it in writing.

Arizona has rewarded the two aging stars with one-year contract extensions, the Cardinals announced Friday.

Palmer’s extra year is worth $24.35 million with a $6.75 million signing bonus, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The quarterback is now under team control through 2018, while the next two seasons are guaranteed.

When Fitzgerald stated in May that he had “no idea” if this season would be his last, he was merely acknowledging that he has reached the year-to-year stage of a Hall of Fame career.

Although he went on to clarify, via NFL Total Access, that he “still has a lot of good football” left in his body, that failed to quell speculation that he might walk away from the game after the 2016 season.

Friday’s extension, which Rapoport notes is worth $11 million, is a sign that he and Palmer plan to lead one of the NFL’s model franchises through the 2017 season.

Cam Newton, Carson Palmer among QBs who can win first ring

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Smith isn’t a buzzy name, but he has won in Kansas City, recording a 30-16 record and two playoff appearances in three seasons. He is very athletic and can run, and he plays within the system. Smith might not be able to elevate a terrible team to contention, as we saw during his earlier years in San Francisco, but with the right players around him, he can rack up the Ws. After all, if Jeremy Maclin had been healthy enough to contribute fully, Smith might have knocked off the Patriots in the Divisional Round last season. If the Chiefs are right, they should be a force on defense, and it’s entirely conceivable that Smith could reach new postseason heights.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton doesn’t get enough credit. All he does is take the Bengals to the playoffs. Last season, he broke out with career numbers — 66.1 percent completion rate, 25:7 TD-to-INT ratio and a passer rating of 106.2 in 13 games — and was poised to prove his doubters wrong. Unfortunately, a fractured thumb kept him from having a chance to add a little weight to the win column in his 0-4 postseason record. But that wasn’t his fault. I know people want to see if he can get a team over the hump, but his production in 2015 was definitely Super Bowl-caliber. I think he has a good chance to get the Bengals to the playoffs a sixth consecutive time — but this time, we’ll see the elite version of Dalton carry Cincinnati forward in January.

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
The first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft is finally making good on the promise he showed in Cincinnati and Oakland. He is coming off an outstanding season that ended in the ignominious loss to the Panthers in the NFC title game. That ugly performance — 23 of 40 for 235 yards and one touchdown with four picks, two fumbles lost and a passer rating of 43.2 — makes his short postseason résumé look deceptively bad. However, I suspect he was not 100 percent for that game, and I still trust the veteran completely in the playoffs. He’s not fleet of foot, but he’s very smart and knows where and when to throw the ball. Palmer is a very hard worker with traits that translate to success, a good guy who also is playing with one of the best teams he’s had in his career.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton took a huge leap forward in his career-long upward trajectory last season, serving as the do-it-all offensive dynamo behind Carolina’s 15-1 record and trip to Super Bowl 50. If he were younger and less experienced, or if he didn’t have outstanding work habits, I might be worried about a regression in 2016, but I fully expect the reigning NFL MVP to get even better in Year 6. He needs to improve his ability to throw quick slants and checkdowns and to complete more passes, but he’ll be working with a better receiving corps (with Kelvin Benjamin healthy again) and has an excellent chance to win Super Bowl LI.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss some workouts during training camp due to a hamstring injury.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday the No. 4 overall pick will “miss some time” with a sore right hamstring, per the team’s official website.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the injury is just a tweak and that Elliott’s move to the sideline is precautionary.

Elliott’s hamstring flared up Tuesday during practice and the running back was unable to finish the workout.

Jones said the team doesn’t have a timetable for Elliott’s return to the field, but the Cowboys will be very cautious with their first-round investment.

The Ohio State product is predicted to have a big role as a rookie. A dual-threat back, Elliott has the ability to carry the load on a three-down basis for a Cowboys offense that wants to get back to its ground-and-pound ways behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.