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Morning links: Unheralded youngsters making plays

Dave Boling of The News Tribune provides some names on the back end of the roster making waves on the first day of camp. They include receivers Jermaine Kearse and Stephen Williams, cornerback Jeremy Lane, tight end Sean McGrath, offensive linemen Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey, defensive lineman Jaye Howard and running back Derrick Coleman.

Boling: “With top-quality depth at almost every position, it’s going to be hard for some of these guys to stay with the Seahawks. If nothing else, though, the competition is going to keep starters on their toes and make the exhibition games more interesting and relevant.

Stephen Williams, for instance, has stood above some other unknowns, as a 6-foot-5 receiver who has come up with some leaping, acrobatic grabs against a Seahawks secondary group that gives up nothing easy.

Williams had back and Achilles problems while with the Cardinals and was picked up as a free agent by the Seahawks in January.”

Richard Sherman and Percy Harvin review game film with the NFL Network in this video link. It’s pretty entertaining.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland puts Sidney Rice on his all-bad contracts team. I understand the sentiment, but as I’ve said in the past, I think Rice’s numbers will be better if he’s targeted more. Rice works hard, loves to play and gets open against anybody. Barnwell: “Rice had an 83-1,312-8 line with Brett Favre at quarterback in 2009, but was otherwise unimpressive or injured during his time in Minnesota. The Seahawks gave him $18 million guaranteed as part of a five-year, $41 million deal to see if he could repeat that 2009 campaign in Seattle, but he was injured for most of 2011 and produced pedestrian numbers in 2012. He has averaged just 49.3 yards per game as a Seahawks wideout. The good news is that most of his remaining contract is tied up in large base salaries, so Seattle can cut him if desired with only a minor bump of dead money."

Peter King of Sports Illustrated says that Jesse Williams will definitely have a role in the defensive line rotation for the Seahawks in his postcard from Seattle. Check out the video below.

Evan Silva of Rotoworld is not impressed with Robert Turbin, saying he is not an explosive runner or receiver. I beg to differ, and think Turbin will prove Silva wrong on the field in his second year.

Clare Farnsworth of reminds us that Marshawn Lynch is still pretty good.

Golden Tate gives us a first-hand account of what training camp is like in this video link.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle ponders if Bruce Irvin can make a successful switch from defensive end to outside linebacker.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times takes a closer look at what we’ve learned through the first four days of training camp.

Peter Jackel of talks to Seahawks defensive back Chris Maragos about his bond with fellow Wisconsin product Russell Wilson.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Seahawks No. 5 in his power rankings.

Rob Rang of breaks down the University of Washington’s draftable players.

Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports that Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is pleased to be going back to playing a one-gap, defensive tackle in a 4-3 instead of a two-gap defensive end in a 3-4. He also had this to say about media types writing that he may be slowing down at the age of 32: “It’s you guys (the media) that try to put out what you think can or can’t happen. Me, I’m always going to believe in myself. … Everybody in this locker room knows me and knows what I bring to the game. They won’t be surprised. You all will be surprised writing all the stories and (expletive-deleted). I don’t pay that (expletive-deleted) no attention.

“Guys in the locker room, we really don’t care about your opinions or what you write good or bad. You all hate us one minute and love us the next. I know how all this (expletive-deleted) goes. At the end of the day you all will be more surprised at what I do than the guys I go to work with every day.”

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork teaches us how to talk Boston in the video below.