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Morning links: Lynch getting it done at home

Post by Eric Williams on July 11, 2011 at 8:12 am with 11 Comments »
July 11, 2011 10:26 am

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Monte Poole of the Oakland Tribune talks with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is working to repair his image in his hometown of Oakland by starting a foundation to help underprivileged youth with cousin Josh Johnson, a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Poole: “Lynch, 25, wants to repaint the image that followed him from Berkeley, where he was a wild child with charm, to Buffalo, where in the wee hours he drove his SUV into a pedestrian and sped off, to Los Angeles, where he was arrested for gun possession, and back to Buffalo, where last summer the then-Bills running back was accused of taking $20 from a woman he met at a TGI Friday’s.

“He’s still on probation from the gun charge.

“Such baggage is an illustration of the talented jock who can’t manage his behavior. No matter his intentions, he too often needs a lawyer. It’s an image — and a reality — that threatens potential and sometimes kills it.

“So Lynch is rededicating himself to his career and all the communal things it can buy. He concedes being traded from Buffalo (which drafted him in the first round in 2007) to Seattle last October provides a natural restart.”

Lynch talks with Laurence Scott of NBC Sports Sunday in the video above.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that the owners and the players could have an agreement in place that could be ratified at the league owners meeting in Atlanta on July 21. Let’s hope that this is true, and the beginning of free agency is in the offing. Under this scenario, free agency would begin July 28.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network says today’s talks will focus on the rookie salary scale.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports catches up with Russell Okung at this Nike Camp for high school kids. Farrar also talks with Aaron Curry.

ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky believes Matt Hasselbeck tops the Tennessee Titans’ wish list for a veteran quarterback to mentor Jake Locker.

Jim Lamar of the Tallahassee Democrat catches up with Cam Piurowski, and the tight end talks about suffering a torn ACL in his senior season, all but dashing is hopes of being drafted. The Florida State product signed a futures contract with Seattle, and is putting on weight and will compete for a job on the Seahawks final roster as an tight end offensive tackle. At 6-foot-7, Piurowski is now up to 320 pounds.

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith fills in for Peter King of Sports Illustrated in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback, discussing how his team is handling the lockout.

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  1. A 320-pound tight end?

  2. Audible,
    I have him 4TH on my depth chart at LT.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    A deal reached by the 21st? That would be great, the day before camp opens (for some teams). Those are going to be some sleepless days for front office personnel, between trying to sign rookies and free agents.

    Hey Peter King, one thing I know I know; everyone who has ever filled in for you has written a significantly more interesting article than anything you’ve ever littered the landscape with.

    Ihipe Lynch is able to continue to stay trouble free. Aside from being a very effective back, He has a playful eccentricity (or so it seems) about him and he’s fun to root for (so far at least). I’d like to see him get back to a 1200 yard rusher for both Seattle and himself.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I hope…

  5. Let’s hope.

    I think being around J-Force is definitely a positive thing.

    With a renewed O Line that has promise, he should do much better when he does have to make all his own holes…

  6. Let’s hope.

    I think being around J-Force is definitely a positive thing.

    With a renewed O Line that has promise, he should do much better when he doesn’t have to make all his own holes…

  7. Stupid iPhone lost connection while making correction during post.

  8. Soggybuc says:

    I would love to see them use a 320 pound tight end. use 2 in 22 set with another one at FB. 8 300+ guys and then hand the ball to Marshawn. talk about smash mouth football.

  9. williambryan says:

    I agree that being around forsett and giving his career “new life” in Seattle must have really helped him. Even though he was a pro getting paid like one in Buffalo, it must be pretty miserable there knowing your team can’t legitimately compete. He has become really easy to root for.

  10. I see Pac Man got arrested again. Moral of the story… most troubled players stay troubled players. For every one Chris Carter there are 20-30 guys like Lawrence Phillips. I do think J-Force is good for Lynch, but I hope Lynch can stay out of trouble (he has so far). We’re all going to root for the guy, but just b/c he’s a Seahawk, I’m not going to fall victim to thinking that he’s done a 180 (yet). I do think that Lynch is going to have a very good season in part b/c he’s going to have improved line play. I’d love nothing more than for Lynch to rush for 1,500 yards, score 15 TDs, and make the Pro Bowl (and stay out of the headlines for the wrong reasons).

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