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September 4, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Wednesday links: Thurmond on the rise

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For our main Seahawks story for today, Jayson Jenks wrote about Walter Thurmond, pictured above against Oakland in a John Lok photo.

As Jenks details, Thurmond’s career to date has been derailed by injuries. But the Seahawks thought he was a first-round talent if he got healthy, and he finally has, and showed it in the preseason when he beat out Antoine Winfield for the nickelback job, compelling the Seahawks to make the somewhat surprising decision to cut Winfield.

Thurmond also figures to be in the mix for punt returning duties this season, listed No. 2 this week behind Golden Tate for that spot. So yes, expect to see a lot of Thurmond this season.

In other news. …

— Seahawks.com recaps the action yesterday at the VMAC;

— NFL.com rates Russell Wilson No. 8 among quarterbacks in the NFL;

— The Associated Press rates Seattle No. 2 heading into the season;

John Breech of CBSSports.com picks Carolina to beat the Seahawks;

— Local writer Seth Kolloen previews Seattle’s season in his own, unique way;

— ESPN.com says Pete Carroll is happy with the Seahawks’ roster;

Greg Bedard of SI.com with some interesting thoughts on Bruce Irvin;

Chris Harper says Seattle tried to keep him but he was lured by the opportunity with the 49ers;

Will Blackmon says he’s happy for the opportunity Seattle gave him, though he’s now in Jacksonville;

Finally, this is a little old but I just saw it the other day, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas featured on Sport Science:

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