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Morning links: Unleashing Rice

Here is my story from this morning to kickoff our Seattle Seahawks preview – a profile on free agent pickup Sidney Rice.

At 6-4, 202 pounds and fleet of foot, the 25-year-old is someone that Seattle has not had for awhile – if ever – a true No. 1 receiver that can dominate his position.

“We haven’t,” said Sam Adkins, a quarterback for the Seahawks from 1977-81 who now works as a radio broadcaster for the team. “His glide, just the way he moves, is so smooth. When you look at how he kind of prances around, it’s like watching a thoroughbred that’s hardly touching the ground.

“Now, the key is how to use him effectively.”

What makes Rice unique is not only can he overpower defenders with his size and speed, but he the quickness to separate from cornerbacks on short to imtermideate routes as well, something he said he developed by running cone drills and skirting hula hoops.

“I don’t know where I would be without those cone drills and that hula hoop,” Rice said. “It was rough when I first got in. I went back last year and I watched the film of when I first came in and how I was running routes, to how I had progressed my next couple of years, and it’s just like night and day. It’s totally different. But it’s still something I work on.”

We posted the Seahawks two-deep depth chart earlier on the blog, which you check that out here.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a closer look at your new starting right tackle, Breno Giacomini.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com has this report from Thursday’s practice, which included a couple interceptions by Kam Chancellor.

More Farnsworth: Punter Jon Ryan finally cut his long hair – 11 inches long – which he is donating to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Tony Ventrella of Seahawks.com, who also is a licensed barber, cut Ryan’s hair.

Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com writes that Tarvaris Jackson and Alex Smith are both entering career-defining seasons.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says Jackson has an opportunity to be the answer to the QB question for Seattle.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his look back at the best games of former Seahawks players with a closer look at Peninsula High’s finest, receiver Paul Skansi.

Art Thiel of SportsPressnw.com says there’s more to the Pete Carroll-Jim Harbaugh relationship than the two are letting on.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seahawks-Niners matchup in the video below.

None of CBS Sports panelists of NFL experts picks Seattle to win on Sunday.

Sports Illustrated’s media writer Richard Dietsch takes a look at the TV broadcast lineups for the major networks. Always worth a read.

Bill Simmons of Grantland says continuity will be the key in the NFL season preview.

San Francisco

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that despite the presence of quarterback guru Jim Harbaugh, how the Niners play on defense will be the key to their success.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that receiver Michael Crabtree was a full participant at practice on Thursday, but is playing with custom-molded cleats to protect a left foot that required two surgeries in 2009.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that San Francisco worked out ex-Rams receiver Donnie Avery.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that San Francisco safety and UW product Dashon Goldson is not expected to play on Sunday because of a knew injury, meaning veteran Madieu Williams likely would get the start.

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