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Lynch back on the hoof

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm with 13 Comments »
September 6, 2012 3:44 pm

 

 

Coach Pete Carroll warned that people shouldn’t be hasty to dismiss a return of Marshawn Lynch this week, as  his balky back would be evaluated on  a daily basis. Thursday, Lynch was eased back into practice in preparation for the season opener Sunday at Arizona.

 

Lynch had only five carries in the preseason, sitting out since the Denver trip when he suffered back spasms. The Pro Bowl back had solid games against Arizona last season (159 yards in two games), but got off to a slow start last season (33 yards in Game 1 vs. San Francisco, 11 yards in Game 2 vs. Pittsburgh and 24 in Game 4 vs. Atlanta). However, once the line play solidified, he exceeded 100 rushing yards in six of the final nine games.

 

On Wednesday, Lynch said he was confident he could play at Arizona, although he questioned how much he’d be needed. As well as the Seahawks defense had been playing, he joked, the offense might not have to produce very much.

 

Aiding that defense will be the return of interior lineman Jason Jones, who also missed most of the preseason nursing a knee injury. He’s been back on the field and has been enough of a force to remind observers that he was brought in to provide quality inside pass rush, particularly when Chris Clemons and rookie Bruce Irvin are operating on the edges.

 

Last season’s first-week surprise was  undrafted receiver Doug Baldwin, who caught a 55-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the loss at San Francisco. Baldwin has been limited recently with a hamstring issue, but is back on the field and apparently healthy.

 

If there’s anyone challenging to be this year’s “Doug Baldwin,” a good candidate would be receiver Charly Martin, who was a bit of an upset to make the 53-man roster, but who again highlighted Wednesday’s practice by catching everything thrown near him … and several that really weren’t even near him.

 

Eric will have the full injury report and a couple minor roster additions and deletions following the post-practice interview with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

 

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. Skavage says:

    Hmm…I wonder what the “minor” additions and subtractions are. Holy moly, 3 more days!

  2. Jusjamn says:

    Whew! Glad to hear the beast got a little work.

  3. orbeavhawk says:

    “UNLEASH the BEAST!

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSeaHawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Strategicdust says:

    I’m hoping to see Sean McGrath added back to the practice squad, maybe Law as well. I’m not sure if this has been asked before but has anyone discussed what qualities Tom Cable saw in Sweezy that made him believe a college defensive lineman could be an effective offensive lineman in the NFL? Considering the sheer number of college offensive linemen out there with experience, there had to be something which really jumped out at him. What a great story!

  5. Yes. It’s time to unleash the beast! Although don’t say he’s on your fantasy team… or the people who use entire posts to talk about beer will talk about how this isn’t a Seahawks fantasy blog.

  6. sluggo42 says:

    I think we should change Turbins name to the Kraaken…
    That way, after the beastmode wreaks havok for awhile, then, we can…”release the Kraaken” !!!

  7. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Man, I can’t wait! This should be a great test for Seattle’s improved pass rush, and a coming out for Bruce Irvin. Arizona’s O-line is in shambles, I think that their down to their 3rd, or 4th, string LT. We should get a least 3 sacks Sunday. Also, I’m hoping that Browner has a similar performance against Fitz–i.e., in the last game Fitz couldn’t get off of Browner press coverage, so they had to move Fitz to the slot. Football is almost here, I’m so happy (tearing up), LOl.

  8. RDPoulsbo says:

    At this point any roster addition cannot be considered minor.

    …and what’s wrong with beer?

  9. mindnbrad says:

    If we don’t have Beast, I still remember the Browns game last year. Unwatchable. I recognize that our offense is completely different (and I have enjoyed watching Hulk), but…

    Just finished watching last year’s opening game…..64 rushing yards. We’ll have to do better than that. ..and two returns for touchdowns by Ginn. Hope special teams has upgraded and improved.

  10. freedom_X says:

    I’m pretty excited about the run-blocking abilities of the line. You can get a pretty decent read on that off of preseason performances, no matter if the opposing scheme was vanilla or not. The line really seemed to do a great job of opening holes for the run game, and I’m really expecting that to carry over. (a big difference from opening day last year.)

    The pass blocking is where the jury is still out. I thought it was only OK in preseason, and the real season is where the confusing schemes are brought out. But if the run game is strong, it won’t matter as much. Play-action will buy the line and Wilson extra time, if it’s credible.

  11. This is the most important news of the week. Marshawn is getting ready to go. Fingers crossed.

    Strategicdust – I agree and would love to hear more of the story of how they scouted Sweezy. Our scouting department under Schneider is just unbelievable. As is Sweezy’s story.

    Is John Moffitt okay? Does he have a lingering issue or is he fully healthy and simply saw a rookie outcompete him?

  12. When was the last time we started a Seahawks season and could say, “at least we know the offensive line will be solid” ? 2005? Total mancrush here on Tom Cable.

  13. FanSince76 says:

    Does anybody else think that Petey was being coy about Marshawn (and probably Doug Baldwin…) and these guys have been ready for weeks? Why show all your cards in the preseason?

    Bruce Irvin’s first few games made me think Pete Carroll was keeping his cards close to his vest. Against Raiders backups…well, you can’t blame the kid for taking what the offensive line gave him.

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