When training camp started for the Seattle Seahawks, there were some that were worried they would be without quite possibly the biggest part of their offense, Marshawn Lynch, as he was holding out from reporting while he sought a new deal. Well as we know, Lynch did eventually show up to practice, and so far, head coach Pete Carroll seems pleased with his progress.
“He’s getting a lot closer,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Sunday. “He had a very good practice today. We’re just trying to do it properly. I really liked the way he got after it today. He got stuff in all phases of the practice. Caught some balls well, blocked well, ran the ball real nice, so a really good first day. This is really, I think, the first week he has a chance to really compete and he brought a great attitude today.”
But before anyone gets excited that they may soon see Beast Mode in the preseason, they might want to pump the brakes on that one for a bit.
“He doesn’t need a lot of carries, I know that,” Carroll said regarding Lynch, who had five carries in the 2013 preseason and five the preseason before that. “We need to get him some work. So we’ll work him a little bit throughout and we’ll see how this week goes first and we’ll make a determination. He looks great. He’s in great shape, he looks just as fit as he ever has. His weight is way down. He’s really worked hard to get here, and even through a trying time, he really kept his focus and did a nice job of getting ready, and it showed today, you can tell.”
Of course, there were few that believed Lynch would hold out for very long, and they were right. But you always stay concerned about the progression of anyone that holds out, so it’s nice to see that Lynch is quickly getting back into the swing of things as the Seahawks chase a repeat.