Even with recent additions, Marshawn Lynch continues to lead the way

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And then you have Robert Turbin, who is an unbelievable guy to fill in. Hes a starting-caliber running back for sure who can catch the ball really well, runs the football really well. Very, very smart and great at (pass) protection. You have Christine Michael back there, too. The new guy, so its fun to have him back there. Hes very quick and can make a lot of plays. The Seahawks remain ready to use Lynch and all that he brings, but the club also is preparing to not overuse him. In addition to his career-high 315 carries last season, Lynch also played in all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his six NFL seasons and then had another 36 carries for 178 more yards in two playoff games. Lynchs take?

Marshawn Lynch in attendance at Seahawks OTAs


As Cal put the finishing touches on its first spring under new head coach Sonny Dykes, the former Bear and current Seattle Seahawks running back made an impromptu appearance at his alma maters spring game. Or, more specifically, in his alma maters spring game. Lynch, following a conversation with a Cal official, entered the game for one play and went untouched for a 22-yard touchdown run, with the schools release stating that [t]he only players to touch the All-Pro running back were members of the Cal offense that mobbed him in the end zone after his score. It wasnt due to ineptness on the defenses part, though, as that unit was under strict orders to not lay a hand on the back. We told the guys if anybody tackled him, it was going to be a $25 million fine , Dykes said according to the Oakland Tribune. I didnt want to be getting a call from Pete (Carroll, Lynchs coach with the Seahawks). Lynch, who remains second on Cals all-time rushing list (3,230) in a collegiate career that ended in 2006, is hopeful Dykes and his staff can turn around a program that won just three games in 2012, its worst showing since 2001. I felt pretty good out there knowing this was home, Lynch said, adding, I hope his regime comes and they turn it back into what it was when I was here. As for the real part of the spring game, the glorified scrimmage got Dykes no closer to naming a true front-runner at the quarterback position, at least publicly. With the abrupt departure of Allan Bridgford to transfer, Cal was left with presumptive favorite and redshirt freshman Zach Kline as well astrue freshman Jared Goff, and junior Austin Hinder as the players vying for the starting job. Through the 14 practice sessions and one spring game in which each tossed a touchdown pass, Dykes stated in quotes distributed by the team that he didnt see anything today that indicated that somebody stepped ahead. While Kline is still expected to eventually stake his claim to the starting job, the official competition will stretch on into at least the first part of summer camp.

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The selection of Michael seemed like an odd one, but Marshawn Lynch, with his extremely violent running style, probably isnt going to last long in this league, ESPNs Matt Williamson wrote Tuesday in his Insider piece . Michael is a first-round caliber talent, but has a lot of questions off the field. Expect Pete Carroll and company to harness Michaels great talent by bringing him along slowly. By 2016, he will be a total stud and a true every-down running back. Ignoring their extenuating circumstances, (Marcus) Lattimore and Michael are the most talented all-around running backs from this latest draft class. Lattimore was taken by San Francisco in the fourth round out of South Carolina, and was ranked fourth on ESPNs top-10 list for 2016. Rounding out the top five were Tampa Bays Doug Martin at No.

Marshawn Lynch scores touchdown in Cal spring game

This is a lot of fun and there is a lot of good stuff happening here. Lynch, who has attended OTAs in previous seasons, is said to be working out in his home state of California as he also deals with an upcoming DUI trial, with his first court Wednesday and reportedly continuing on to June 5. He came in 10 days ago and hes in very good shape, Carroll said of Lynch. Hes working an intense program in his area and he is benefiting from it. Wed love to see everybody here. While Lynch has been arguably the most productive player for the Seahawks over the last two seasons, his absence fits a growing trend of concerns for the All-Pro tailback this offseason. Lynch was absent for the start of the teams voluntary offseason workouts earlier this month, then showed up a week late. Earlier this month, we asked in a poll : Are you worried about Marshawn Lynchs future? More than 7,000 readers answered, and many said yes. Even still, many including ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton say Lynchs absence is nothing to be concerned about. Its probably not a big deal.

Marshawn Lynch makes his presence felt

But hes back, and his teammates let him hear it when Lynch arrived midway through Mondays on-field session. Guys are going to raze him a little bit, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after todays workout. He then smiled before adding, When you make a grand entrance like that, theyre going to raze you. But today Lynch was back where he belongs, and the team needs him: In the backfield, carrying and catching the ball. In an early drill, Lynch Marshawn Lynch Jersey came out of his stance, juked around a trashcan and took a short pass from backup QB Brady Quinn. Later, Lynch took a handoff from QB Russell Wilson and darted between All-Pro center Max Unger and guard John Moffitt. The All-Pro back punctuated each maneuver with a smile.

Marshawn Lynch a no-show so far at Seahawks OTAs

If sticking to his own workout plan keeps him on the field in the fall, dont expect Carroll to be complaining too much about Lynch missing some offseason work with the team. May 21, 2013 11:06 PM Hes just avoiding the drug test. Now watch the Seahawks fans dance like puppets. themackstrong says: May 21, 2013 11:11 PM Lynch has worked hard the last few years. 2 years ago he showed up lighter than ever in his career and it showed because he had more burst and break away speed. I mean next month he clicks with the o-line which is basically the same as it has been the last 2 years. Turbin/Christine will take the reps which is far better for them than the All Pro. May 21, 2013 11:12 PM NBD. Not like he doesnt know the offence rpiotr01 says: May 21, 2013 11:17 PM Probably cleaning all the Adderall out of his system.

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Christine Michael Seahawks rookie minicamp

He is going to show up and play every game. Least of their worries. May 28, 2013 5:36 PM He must be clear of the PEDs now. May 28, 2013 5:49 PM Yay, another opportunity for completely rational people to make smart comments about PEDs. dennisatunity says: May 28, 2013 6:28 PM Actually its pretty impressive that hes there. They are voluntary workouts. He has terrible back spasms that the OTAs aggravate.

Marshawn Lynch scores TD in Cal spring game

Marshawn Lynch

Which is fitting, considering Lynch wears the number 24. I don’t know whether or not Lynch should be higher than this, but once you get into the top-25 you’re really going to be nitpicking about the specific order – and regardless, you can rest assured we’re talking about the elite of the elite. With about 1700 active players on NFL teams during the season, these are the top one-percenters, and I certainly think Lynch belongs in that group. When you hear so much about Beastmode this, Beastmode that, you forget that there is so much more to his game apart from his ability to break tackles and pick up the extra yard. As the video points out, he’s got great explosiveness, great vision, great anticipation, and in my opinion, has elevated his game to elite levels because he’s become so disciplined in the Tom Cable zone-blocking scheme. He’s truly the workhorse for the Seattle offense and without him, they’d look a lot different. Watch the video above.

Marshawn Lynch a no-show at Seahawks OTAs

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According to Lynch, suiting up was partly his idea. “It was a little mix. My boy KP asked me if I’d do it and I told him, ‘I got his back,'” Lynch said, referring to Kevin Parker, Cal’s assistant director of player personnel, who’s in his 12th season with the team. Although Seahawks coach Pete Carroll probably won’t be thrilled to hear the news, he might be happy to hear that the perpetually banged up Lynch is feeling good, “Oh man, I actually kind of felt pretty good out there, knowing that this is home,” Lynch said. Carroll coached against Lynch three times from 2004-06 while Carroll was at USC. Carroll’s Trojans went 3-0 against Lynch’s Golden Bears, including a 23-17 2004 win where USC knocked off a Cal team led by Lynch and Aaron Rodgers.


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