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Morning links: Tate the playmaker

In my story today, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate talks about taking the next step in his development as one of Seattle’s explosive playmakers. The Notre Dame product finished 2012 with career highs in receptions (45), receiving yards (688) and touchdowns (7).

Tate finished with six receptions of 38 yards or more in 2012.

Now, Tate is looking to build on that, trying to develop into a complete receiver, while adding punt return duties to his résumé.

“My confidence is up,” Tate said. “I feel like the trust from (quarterback) Russell (Wilson) and this organization is up a lot more. I think my route running has gotten a lot better. And I feel like overall, just the impact on this team that I make is more than it was last year, and hopefully each year, and each game, it continues to build.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Walter Thurmond is ready to fill in again with Brandon Browner still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle highlights San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick as his person of interest.

ESPN’s Terry Blount writes that Richard Sherman is okay with Kaepernick’s bicep kiss.

Adam Schein of provides nine reasons why the Seattle-San Francisco game is the best rivalry in the NFL.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland provides a timeline of how the NFC West went from laughingstock to the best division in the league.

Robert Mays of Grantland breaks down Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner's play using All-22 film.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano has Russell Wilson at No. 3 in his MVP watch.

ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha writes that Marshawn Lynch is trying to change the direction of his live.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports that the Seattle-San Francisco matchup is the most in-demand Seahawks game ever.

Joe Fortenbaugh of The National Football Post ranks the Seahawks No. 3 in his weekly NFL power rankings.

Andrew Brandt writing for The MMQB says quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn cashed in as franchise quarterbacks of the future, even though they never lived up to that billing.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated picks the Seahawks 27-21 over the Niners.

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated writes that the Seahawks and the 49ers are ready to renew their rivalry on Sunday.

The 49ers are apparently unimpressed by Russell Wilson, with one identified player saying Seattle has a gimmick offense.