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Morning links: High hopes for Avril

My story today is the latest installment of our look at pressing issues the Seattle Seahawks must resolve once training camp begins in a few weeks.

Lack of a consistent pass rush was one of the few glaring weaknesses the Seahawks had toward the end of the season. But Seattle addressed the issue by signing pass rushers Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel in free agency, along with selecting defensive tackles Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams in this year’s draft.

With those players joining an already-talented group that includes defensive ends Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin, along with defensive tackles Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Clinton McDonald, Seattle’s pass rush should be much improved in 2013.

However, with Seattle’s top two pass rushers either rehabbing from a serious injury (Clemons) or unavailable for the first four games because of a performance-enhancing drug suspension (Irvin), Avril will be counted on to carry the load as the team’s top pass rusher.

Avril’s posted 20.5 sacks over the past two seasons. And he gets after the football, with 16 career forced fumbles.

“He has a good scope of play,” coach Pete Carroll said after the acquisition of Avril. “He can do a ton of things, but what he really does is comes off that edge roaring after you.”

Mark Sessler of ranks Seattle’s backfield No. 2 in the league behind San Francisco.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle reviews the embarrassment of riches the Seahawks have at running back.

Clare Farnsworth of evaluates Seattle’s special teams personnel.

Check out Doug Baldwin’s latest Fresh Files in the video below.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports talks with a couple defensive coordinators around the league, who say they will be ready to stop the read option in this year.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times talks with former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, who says Seattle is still a young team that has not arrived in this audio link.