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Morning links: TE Willson looks the part

In my story today, fifth-round draft choice Luke Willson is making the transition from college to the NFL, and could be Seattle’s starting tight end when the team travels to San Diego to face the Chargers in the team’s exhibition opener.

With regular starter Zach Miller starting the season on the PUP list with a foot issue, Willson has taken the majority of the reps with the first unit in the last, few practices for Seattle.

The physical tools are there for Willson, but he’s trying to overcome the steep learning curve with the bigger NFL playbook.

“For me, the toughest part has been the mental part of it,” Willson said. “I mean, we’re up here, especially as rookies, until 8:30 (p.m.). We’ve got meetings and special teams stuff – things like that going.

“It’s not a bad thing, but you really have to be focused, because if you miss that little bit of crucial information, all of sudden it shows up on the field. So that’s kind of the big thing for me is mentally, I really have to be focused in.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Marshawn Lynch shifted into Beast Mode in Sunday’s practice.

More Farnsworth: A short profile on defensive end Mike Morgan.

Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that Red Bryant looks in better shape this year.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle says outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield is looking for a fresh start in Seattle.

Aaron Levine of Fox Q13 reports that Sidney Rice visited a Seahawks fan in Switzerland while there for his procedure.

David Rasbach of The Bellingham Herald writes that rookie tight end Andrei Lintz is living his dream of being in the NFL after recently being picked up by Seattle.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times talks with Early Doucet, who’s looking for a fresh start with the Seahawks.

ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down the main story lines for the 49ers in his Camp Confidential.

Jeff Fedotin of the National Football Post writes about the NFC’s return to dominance, including Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West.

Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union profiles former Seahawks safety Ray Polk, who was claimed off waivers by Jacksonville after Seattle released him.