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Morning links: New team, new role for Harper

[caption id="attachment_18401" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Seattle Seahawks' Chris Harper carries the ball as linebacker Malcolm Smith, right, defends during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Seattle Seahawks' Chris Harper carries the ball as linebacker Malcolm Smith, right, defends during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)[/caption]Good morning. Today is a regular Wednesday for game week, so we will have conference calls with Carolina head coach Ron Rivera along with a Panthers player this morning. Also, we'll have injury updates on players from Pete Carroll's press conference today.

Receiver Chris Harper, the Seahawks fourth round selection in this year’s draft, talked about his new role with San Francisco after the team signed the Kansas State product off of Seattle’s practice squad.

Harper said he’ll have to learn how to get into a 3-point stance for the first time, as the 49ers plan on using him as an H-back, similar to the way San Francisco used former tight end Delanie Walker.

“They put him all over the field,” Harper told reporters down in San Francisco. “And he’s a great athlete. You can see that on film. … He’s a big guy that can run.”

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com ranks Russell Wilson the No. 8 quarterback in the league.

ESPN’s Terry Blount says to don’t expect the type of impact from this year’s rookies that the Seahawks received from last year’s class.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle reads between the lines on Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes an early look at Carolina.

The Seahawks debut at No.1 in ESPN’s weekly power rankings.

Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports places Seattle at No. 1 as well.

Five of the eight NFL experts at CBS Sports pick the Seahawks to beat Carolina this week.

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated pick the Seahawks to win the NFC West.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports places the Seahawks at No. 3 in his NFL power rankings.

Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated says the Seahawks moved Bruce Irvin to SAM linebacker with an eye toward defending Colin Kaepernick and the read option.

The Daily Meal names CenturyLink Field the best stadium for craft beer.

ESPN’s Herm Edwards places just two Seahawks among the top three at their position, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer notes that the Panthers have the worst record in the league in season openers at 6-12 in 18 seasons.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 49ers have brought in John Skelton for a tryout.

Jack Bechta of the National Football Post argues for changes in injured reserve rules. This is a good read if you have questions about how IR designations work.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Leon Washington worked out for the N.Y. Giants on Tuesday.

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