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Morning links: QB Johnson shows steady progress

Dave Boling of The News Tribune wraps up the Seattle Seahawks final day of rookie minicamp by focusing on a player who’s been trying to break through in the NFL for a few years, quarterback Jerrod Johnson.

The Texas A&M product took most of the snaps with the first unit over the weekend. At 6-5 and 251 pounds, Johnson has been with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia during training camp, but never caught on with either team.

A shoulder issue in college forced him to tweak his throwing motion, and now Johnson is back throwing the ball much better, and has a chance to compete for a backup quarterback job behind Russell Wilson.

“He did a nice job running the club and was able to give us a little expertise out there,” coach Pete Carroll said of Johnson. “He’s got a very good arm, can really gun the football down the field. He’s got a presence and he’s such a big guy in the pocket. He’s bright and he’s handled stuff really well.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle’s draft choices so far have shown they fit the specific needs the team drafted them for, according to Carroll.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that Jesse Williams might have a shot to start at defensive tackle in the spot left open by the departure of Alan Branch.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times also focuses on the progress of Johnson.

Rob Mar of provides this gallery of photos from Seattle’s rookie minicamp.

ESPN’s John Clayton and Mike Sando talk about Seattle’s rookie minicamp and the rest of the NFC West in this audio link.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports places Bruce Irvin, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Michael Bennett on his list of the top defensive linemen in the league. It’s worth a read this morning.

Receiver Austin Coleman, who participated in Seattle’s rookie minicamp as a tryout player, awaits a call back from the Seahawks.

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