NFC West links: Rodger Saffold's recovery

Arizona Cardinals

Todd Heap is among the most sure-handed tight ends in the NFL, according to Tyler Nickel of Revenge of the Birds. According to research from Pro Football Focus, Heap had 124 catchable balls thrown his way over the past three years and he dropped only seven of them.

San Francisco 49ers

Frank Gore is poised to enter the boxing ring Saturday -- to carry Nonito Donaire's WBO super bantamweight belt into it.

Seattle Seahawks

NFL.com's Jason La Canfora looks at a number of quarterback competitions playing out around the league, and has this to say about incumbent Seahawks starter Tarvaris Jackson. La Canfora: "Jackson is one of the better swing quarterback options in the league, as a very capable No. 2 with the chance to win you games as a starter as well, but he's not in a position to be vanquishing the competition three months before Week 1. If I had to try to predict how this thing plays out, I would venture to guess Flynn has some pretty strong preseason performances and ends up winning that gig. But trust me, he hasn't won it or lost it yet."

New rules allowing teams to encourage fan noise at stadiums should only help Seahawks fans induce false start penalties on the competition. Seattle’s opponents already have the most false start penalties in the league (111) since 2005, according to The News Tribune's Eric D. Williams.

St. Louis Rams

According to Rams head trainer Reggie Scott, Rodger Saffold's rehab from pectoral muscle surgery is complete and his conditioning has returned to the pre-injury level, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Kathleen Nelson. "He's doing great with his rehab. He's pretty much cleared to play," Scott said.