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Morning links: A closer look at Okung

Our own Dave Boling takes a closer look at Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung now that he is in camp, and discusses what the expectations are for the Oklahoma State product in replacing a future Hall of Famer in Walter Jones.


The next month or so is important to Okung and the Seahawks to the extent that his development may be the single most critical component of this team’s offensive development.

Okung missed a week with an unsigned contract, a period of truancy that made him the NFL’s last first-round pick to make it to camp. If line coach Alex Gibbs ever fails to teach him how to be stubbornly gritty, Okung can consult his agent for lessons.

His appearance Friday led to conjecture how long he would be operating with the second team. That didn’t last long. On Saturday morning, he worked exclusively with the starting unit.

Why not? It’s a week until the first exhibition game. And, folks, he’s got a ways to go.

Greg Johns of confirms what I have written earlier --- Marcus Trufant is playing well.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Seattle’s new-look defense has something to prove.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times goes one-on-one with Carroll, who says that he’s focused on building a winner in Seattle.

More Farmer: The Seahawks’ roster has a strong USC flavor.

ESPN’s John Clayton interviews fellow colleague Chris Mortensen at the team’s headquarters and talks about his trip around the league in this audio link.

More Clayton: He interview general manager John Schneider in this audio link.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports says that this year’s Hall of Fame class, led by Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, is arguably one of the greatest classes in NFL history.