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Marshawn Lynch shows up for OTAs; TE Willson struggles

Post by Eric Williams on May 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm with 51 Comments »
May 28, 2013 2:24 pm
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with teammates on the sidelines during NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with teammates on the sidelines during NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A notable absence at the beginning of Seattle’s organized team activities (OTAs) on the field last week, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was in attendance at today’s OTA workout at the VMAC.

Lynch got some work with the team’s first-unit offense during the 1 hour, and 45-minute practice and appeared in shape and explosive. He did not talk with reporters after practice.

“We weren’t too worried about him,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said. “You know he’s a great competitor, a great athlete and a great leader on this team. So, you knew wherever he was, he was working hard, and doing whatever he could for this ball club.

“Until September, we’re not too worried about what No. 24 is doing. No. 24 is a great ball player and a great teammate. So we know he’ll be prepared.”

Safety Kam Chancellor talked about remarks he made earlier this week about the veteran players on the team calling a team meeting to address all of the PED issues.

“We just talked about making the same mistakes over and over,” Chancellor said. “At some point in time, you’ve got to mature yourself and grow up. … We’ve got to protect the team.”

“Just be accountable,” added Sherman, when asked what the message he took from the team meeting. “All guys make their own decisions at the end of the day. They’re all adults – grown men who at the end of the day can do whatever they please. So he’s just saying keep the best interest of the team at heart.

Some tidbits

* The Seahawks announced that tight end Anthony McCoy, who suffered an torn Achilles tendon that required surgery, has been waived/injured, and offensive lineman Jake Bscherer has been added to the roster in his place.

With McCoy out, fifth-round choice Luke Willson had an opportunity to step up and show he can be a reliable target in the passing game. But Willson showed he still has some work to do, with two drops and another couple Russell Wilson interceptions that were intended for the Rice product.

Wilson talked to Willson on the side after the second interception, appearing to talk about the route concept.

* Linebackers K.J. Wright and Kyle Knox both had the interceptions while guarding Willson, making nice breaks on the ball.

* TE Darren Fells had a couple nice catches on underneath routes during 7-on-7 passing drills.

* Cornerback Byron Maxwell reeled in an interception that bounced off the hands of receiver Phillip Bates.

* Cornerback Antoine Winfield provided sticky coverage in nickel situations, and appears a nice fit for Seattle’s defense.

* CB Tharold Simon, OL James Carpenter, TE Cooper Helfet, WR Brett Swain, DE Cliff Avril, DL Greg Scruggs and WR Stephen Williams did not practice today. Defensive end Chris Clemons and offensive guard John Moffitt was not in attendance.

Notes from practice
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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Ruh, Roh. Willson wasn’t the second coming today?

  2. jboard1 says:

    I hope someone steps up at the TE spot. I know i’m not counting on the rookie to step up this year, but maybe McGrath..?

    Love hearing that Winfield seems to be a good fit in this defense. I think he will be a massive upgrade and hopefully help out in the end of game scenarios.

    I’m also ready to see some video of Wilson to Harvin…i’m salivating at the addition and can’t wait to see it

  3. trout_hound says:

    I hope Darren Fells can block. I think that dude is going to be a beast for LB’s to cover.

  4. seatowntp says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you , but I was more than a little concerned when I read Beast Mode did not talk to reporters after the OTA.

  5. Seatowntp…Lynch rarely addresses the media so I wouldn’t be too concerned nor read into it too much. Nothing new.

  6. Excited to hear about Winfield; I keep overlooking that acquisition, focusing more on Harvin and Avril/Bennett. He should be a nice upgrade at that spot.

    It’s early – but maybe we need to be on the lookout for a veteran second TE? Hate to think of mis-run routes costing us INT’s.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Why are people so concerned with Lynch? He rarely speaks to the media (or close friends, on camera: Robinson), and the only reason he wasn’t in attendance last OTA was due to his court appearance (he was here for the voluntary mini-camp prior). Lynch is fine.

    All the TE analysis needs to slow down a bit. Willson is a project as is Fells. They are both going to flash one day and struggle the next. It is to be expected.

  8. Sekolah says:

    Sounds like Willson’s got a case of the Mondays. I like to read that R.W. gave him a good talking to. I saw him pull McCoy aside like that a few times last year during games. lol.

  9. Sekolah says:

    Agreed, Duke. Who cares if Marshawn don’t wanna talk to the media? Don’t you watch the Real Rob Report? LOL. He doesn’t even like talking to one of his best friends on the whole effing team. You think that is a gag or something? Leave the beast alone. He needs time to brood, alone. Do not anger him. Begone!

  10. jboard1 says:


    I am hearing rumors from some people on twitter that Moffit resisted arrest….is this true? Has anyone else heard this?

  11. Dukeshire says:

    I was just going to ask about Moffitt, not being there. Arrest for what?

  12. raymaines says:

    According to Danny O’Neil: “Guard John Moffitt, however, was absent, which is likely the result of two criminal charges he’s facing for trespassing and obstruction of law enforcement. There was a hearing in Bellevue District Court on Tuesday afternoon.”

    When did that happen and how come nobody told me about it?

    I think the new CBA gives the players too much off time. When I was raising my kids I liked to keep them tired. Their behaviour was better when we had year around “OFA”‘s (Organized Family Activities) and they just barely had enough energy to crawl upstairs and into bed at the end of the day.

  13. HonHawksLSB says:

    Read this about Moffitt. I think his roster spot is in jeopardy.

  14. seatowntp says:

    I guess that somewhere in my post I should have written that I was being SARCASTIC! I KNOW that Lynch is exceptionally camera shy (even in the Real Rob Reports!) Seriously, did anyone see the interview after he scored a touchdown in the Cal Bears Spring game? He spoke with the reporter for 1 minute and 42 seconds!!! It’s true! Google it!

  15. jboard1 says:

    Come on Moffit. Time to take life serious. Not everything is a joke, even tho you think it is.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    That’s interesting because he was tweeting about TV just last night (after I just checked out his twitter account).

  17. News Flash: Marshawn Lynch doesn’t much care for practice, or of talking to reporters, or of speaking intelligibly. Who cares. His game starts in September.

  18. oh, sorry seatown. sarcasm is usually missed by readers here. at least it is by me.

  19. What the hell is James Carpenter still doing standing around not practicing?? He didn’t suffer any major injury last year, supposedly just tweaked his repaired knee a little. This is a bad sign that he can’t seem to show up ready to practice.

    And the news about Moffitt is just dismaying.

    Its looking like Sweezy will have himself a starting job if he wants it.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Will anyone now understand my concern with Carpitt for the last couple years?
    Still hoping they can turn it around.

  21. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I’m sure they are holding Carpenter until after OTAs. Why rush him back too early again? I think his injured his knee was worse than they said late last year. It’s only May, as long as he’s practicing by July I think we’ll be ok. I can see Moffitt getting cut at this point though. Bad decision and worse timing. Funny guy, but maybe football isn’t his main focus.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    We will be alright. Just convert a few more D-lineman to play O-Line.

  23. bbnate420 says:

    We don’t know that Carp isn’t practicing. We only know he didn’t practice today. I forget if he did at the first media attended OTA. He could have just been taking the day off.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Anthony McCoy- being released? Pretty much says what I was saying about him last week.
    Now TE- Willson struggled today? Wow! That sure makes him a bust doesn’t it?
    Just remember Russell Wilson himself struggled last year. So before some want to throw Willson to the scrap heap just remember who he is working with moving forward.

  25. bbnate420 says:

    Who’s talking about throwing Willson to the scrapheap? I’m just not ready to anoint him like some.

    McCoy being released just means that they don’t think he’ll be back in 2013 and his contract is up after 2013. They wanted a roster spot.

  26. rramstad says:

    The earlier link about Moffitt gives this as the source

    It would be good to know what is up… trespassing could be as simple as being asked to leave a bar after having a few drinks, and stating that you don’t want to leave, and then having the police called, and them trying to arrest you on trespassing could easily result in obstructing law enforcement charges… if someone doesn’t like your attitude, it can get very legalistic very quickly.

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbnate420- Willson will be the poor mans Wilson of last year with the help of Wilson.
    Enjoy the ride because it will be sweet! And remember it was you who predicted that this was the year for the Seahawks.
    Are you having second guesses?

  28. Every press day OTA report I’ve seen here, Carpenter wasn’t practicing.

    I don’t mean to sound an alarm though. Its very very early, and I agree with those who think we should be careful bringing him back too early after rehab.

    The thing to remember about Carpenter is that he’s never had an NFL training camp in his life. Not as a rookie, and not as a second year player. I just really want him to be healthy enough to practice this summer.

    If he can stay healthy and work through camp, I still believe he will make everyone forget all about the exaggerated concerns about him. We don’t have another O linemen with the kind of strength Carpenter has. Get well, Carp!

  29. bbnate — Why wouldn’t simply placing McCoy on IR free up that roster spot? I don’t understand why they waived injured. Either way – IR or ‘waived injured – they have to pay him, and either way, they gain the roster spot. So why not IR?

    Anyone understand this?

  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Stevos- there is a reason why Carp hasn’t had an NFL training camp in his life. He’s Fat! Fat as a NY rat!

    And natetradamus says the Seahawks time is now. I agree with that.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Funny how this Cable thing has worked out, First he gets two top picks in the draft along with free agent Gallery.

    After that all went to hell he only get’s late round and 7 round D-lineman picks that could be converted to O-line. Lol.

    I think he is better at working his magic with the later round picks.

  32. HonHawksLSB says:

    Hidden positive in Willsons struggles is the stellar play of the LB group. Hawks D could be 85 bearsesque

  33. bbnate420 says:

    I’m not rethinking anything, Georgia. I didn’t promise a SB in 2013 or anything, but I was hoping this would be the year they would be serious contenders. I believe they are. I didn’t think they would be as good as they were at the end of the year at the beginning of the 2012 season.

    There’s only been 2 media OTA days so far. I’d rather that Carp had been practicing, but we don’t know if he’s been missing other days or not. I’ll be concerned if he’s not practicing at minicamp.

  34. Georgia, Carpenter was not fat last year while rehabbing his injured knee. He looked in good shape for a big guy rehabbing a knee. They forced him back into service before he was healed. That’s the coach and trainers fault.

    I think the only O linemen on our team that has consistently had a weight problem is Moffitt.

  35. Come on now bb, promise that SB. I do. It’s time.

    I’d trade Moffitt and our 1st round picks in 2043, 2081 & 6799 to the Steelers for DeCastro.

  36. Dukeshire says:

    It’s May, folks. *Way* too early for this type of hand wringing. lol

    Let Carp sit and get that thing all the way right. If August roles around and he’s still unable to go, then there will be something to be concerned over.

  37. True enough, Dukester.

    I can’t wait to watch Antoine Winfield playing nickel CB.

  38. bird_spit says:

    Carp plays angry…love the spirit. I want carp in Aug, and don’t care about may… I would bet all of my next weeks lunches that carp plays in 14+ games this year…and his praises will be sung by Georgia hawk right on this blog.

  39. Macabrevity says:

    Still got my hopes up for D Fells.

  40. Things have changed dramatically at the TE position now that McCoy is done for the year, and possibly even done as a Seahawk. Fells has more of a real shot now, at least until the ‘hawks acquire a veteran TE of some type with real experience.

  41. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I like the first comment after this article.-

    “Let’s give him some credit for creativity. At least here’s one Seahawk player going out of his way to have a different kind of scandal involving urine samples.”

  42. Southendzone says:

    Haven’t we previously heard from coaches & players about how great Carp is doing on his rehab & how strong he is this year? I swear there was a Cable interview about a month ago saying how great Carp was doing.

    I’m very skeptical about him coming back and being a healthy contributor to the team this year. It’s going to be something like in for a game or two, out for some unknown knee tweak, Hawks announce microfracture surgery shortly after that and we never see him again.

  43. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I love what Winfield has to say.-

    “I’ve played football a long time and they are very talented – all across the board; both the corners, both safeties,” Winfield said. “By far, the No. 1 secondary in the league. These guys, the way they work, I see why they’re No. 1.

    “These guys have a great secondary. I’m just trying to add to it.”

  44. Southendzone says:

    Thanks SandPoint, that is the one I was thinking of. I’m still concerned because of the way last season ended with him being put on the NFI list. It just seemed shady & secretive & I’ve always wondered if we’ve been told the full extent of his injury issues.

    Also I don’t believe this was linked yet but the full Antoine Winfield interview is worth watching, he comes off as a total pro, cool guy, and a great fit for the team.

  45. SandpointHawk says:

    Nice attitude from Antoine Winfield, thanks for the link…

  46. chuck_easton says:

    The Moffitt charges stem from an incident that occurred last June prior to 2012 training camp. That’s just the normal Court system that they are finally getting around to hearing the matter.

    The team and the league would have known about this for almost a year.

  47. princeaden says:

    By designating McCoy waived/injured does he still count against the cap ?

  48. chuck_easton says:


    The reason for the waived/injured designation is for that very reason.

    The team could have put him directly onto the IR. That would mean McCoy was entitled to his full salary for 2013. That full salary would count against the cap.

    As this is McCoy’s final year of the contract the team would be paying him one final year without any future services. McCoy is a FA for 2014.

    The injury settlement gives McCoy some (maybe all) his 2013 salary but now the team only would have to count any of the 2013 salary in this year’s cap.

  49. chuck_easton says:

    Sorry that last line should have read would NOT have to count…

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