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Morning links: Winfield makes his mark

While the appearance of Marshawn Lynch on the practice field was the main storyline on Tuesday, Antoine Winfield’s impressive play during OTAs deserves a closer look.

In my story today, Seattle players and coaches raved about the 35-year-old’s instincts and demeanor on the field this week. Winfield already has shown that he can be a productive player for Seattle in the upcoming season, helping to improve the team’s defense on third down.

“He’s effective because he can stop on a dime,” Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richard said. “You can see why he’s been so effective for so many years inside on the slot. He brings an awesome level of humility, and he’s a tough, physical player. You look at him and ask, ‘How can he be effective in there at that size?’ But it’s his tenacity and his heart.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says that Seattle veteran leaders sent the right message by calling a team meeting to address the Seahawks issues regarding PEDs.

Clare Farnsworth of writes in his practice report that Percy Harvin had a very productive practice on his 25th birthday. There’s also video of Kam Chancellor playing a little quarterback at the beginning of practice.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times says that the addition of Antoine Winfield points to a new era for the Seahawks – where players in free agency want to come to the Pacific Northwest because they believe they can win a Super Bowl.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that with Anthony McCoy out, the Seahawks don’t have a good backup plan if Zach Miller goes down.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times provides more information on John Moffitt’s legal issue.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times hopes that the Seahawks team meeting brings to an end Seattle’s issues with PEDs.

ESPN NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt notes that McCoy will be paid his $630,000 salary once he clears waivers and reverts to Seattle’s injured reserve list.

Field Yates of ESPN Boston writes that Pete Carroll has 24 players on his coaching staff, which is tied for the league lead with Philadelphia as the most in the NFL.

Jeff Fedotin of the National Football Post tells the Seahawks and 49ers to beware – the Atlanta Falcons could be the best team in the NFC this season.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports believes the best front sevens defensively can be found in the NFC West.

Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times writes that despite reports that rookie Tyler Wilson as looked good in practice, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said that Matt Flynn is the team’s starting quarterback until further notice.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at No. 6 on his compilation of the four cornerstone players on a team – quarterback, offensive tackle, defensive end and cornerback.

CBS Sports fantasy writer Dave Richard gives Seattle’s offensive line a C-plus, and rates them the No. 17 offensive line in the league.