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Morning links: Deion Branch is "just a guy"

Former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter knows a thing or two about receivers. So that’s why his comments on WEEI sports radio about ex-Seahawk Deion Branch carry some weight this morning.

Of course, Carter also is a former teammate and good friend of Randy Moss, so when asked about Branch’s impact in New England’s offense with Moss gone, Carter did not hold back.

Carter praised Branch as a great route runner, but says he disappears in games too much. It’s an interesting dynamic because Seahawks fans are probably more inclined to agree with Carter, while Branch has experienced a rebirth in New England in getting back with Tom Brady. Branch now has 33 receptions for 433 yards and three touchdowns, and is averaging 13.1 yards per catch in seven games.

“The ceiling with Moss with their offense is a lot higher. … They can be really dynamic. Like frightening. Now, if they don’t play well offensively, they’ll lose, because they have a defense that doesn’t dominate the games,” said Carter. “Deion disappears too much against regular corners. He disappears in the game. He’s made, like, three guest appearances since the Super Bowl. … Look at his stats. Look at his game.

“He’s just a guy. You guys have to be real about it,” Carter added. “Great players, they don’t get hurt as much as the other players. There’s a difference between great ones and good ones and average ones.”

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is optimistic Mike Williams can play on Sunday, but the big-play receiver did not share that same bubbly outlook. Williams: “It’s going to take a lot for me to get going this week. I just hope I can get out there.”

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange asks if the NFC West deserves a playoff this season.

Clare Farnsworth of previews the game here.

Rod Mar of offers pictures from Friday’s practice.

ESPN's Darren Woodson and Mark Schlereth preview the Seahawks game in the video below.

Doug Farrar of preview Sunday’s game by taking a closer look at Carolina’s better-than-expected defense.

According to Football Outsiders, Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is 14th in the league in quarterback hurries.

Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer writes that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has Seattle headed in the right direction.