PREV of NEXT TED S. WARREN / AP Running back Marshawn Lynch, making a catch in his return to Seahawks drills Tuesday, was back working with the No. 1 offensive unit. TED S. WARREN / AP Running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with teammates at an OTA Tuesday. Related Hide / Show comments That security guard must be a Steeler's fan. (May 29, 2013, by Jon May) MORE Moffit's misdemeanor barely even qualifies as that.
Marshawn Lynch makes his presence felt
But with Leon Washington signing with the New England Patriots after being released, the third-down role is open. Just how far can the teams Beast Mode back carry the team? When Lynch scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds to play against the Falcons in Atlanta in January, the Seahawks were that close to advancing to the NFC Championship game before losing by two points. And it was his 27-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter the week before that gave the Seahawks their first lead in a wild-card playoff victory over the Washington Redskins. In 2005, when Shaun Alexander led the NFL with a franchise-record 1,880 rushing yards, he averaged 5.1 yards on 370 carries. Last season, Lynch averaged 5.0 yards on 315 carries and got more than just a little help from the rookie duo of Russell Wilson , who ran for more yards (489) than any quarterback in franchise history; and Robert Turbin, who added 354 yards. You get the picture. Even with Wilsons arrival last year and added maturation in the offense this offseason, as well as the addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin in a March trade with the Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks will continue to lean on Lynch and the running game.
Marshawn Lynch back at OTAs; Luke Willson shines
Lynch mostly worked with the third unit, giving Robert Turbin, Christine Michael and Spencer Ware an opportunity to work with the first two groups. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll again reiterated that hes not concerned with how much or how little work Lynch gets during these OTA practices. Hes in really good shape, Carroll said. Were trying to get him all the way through this offseason, and get him ready for the real season. We know what Marshawn can do, as long as hes in really good shape. And hes in fantastic shape. Hes hard as a rock, and hes worked really hard up until this point. Theres Recommended Site so much wear on the tire, and we dont want to wear him down now. Its not at that point that we should be pushing that. Seattle Seahawks Luke Willson (82) goes in motion as quarterback Russell Wilson waits for the snap, Monday, May 20, 2013, during an Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash.
Even with recent additions, Marshawn Lynch continues to lead the way
And when youve rushed for 2,794 yards and scored 25 touchdowns the past two seasons, thats a prolonged not to mention productive view publisher site conversation. Lynch generated discussions of a different kind on sports-talk radio last week by his absence when Phase 2 of the Seahawks voluntary offseason program began. 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 came out of his stance, juked around a trashcan and took a short pass from backup QB Brady Quinn.