As expected, Marshawn Lynch was not in attendance. Also as expected, players said they were unfazed by his absence — using the standard answers that they would like Lynch to be here, but understand it’s a business.
Asked if he was disappointed that Lynch was not in camp, Carroll said he was. He also said he has been talking with Lynch on an “ongoing basis.”
“We’re practicing and working real hard and getting going,” Carroll said. “That will take it’s own course. I’m hoping he’ll be back with us.
“We had a substantial plan working for us for years now. Marshawn was a big part of this plan. Just a couple years back, we made a big statement, made a big effort for him. We wish he was with us now. But, this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys that are getting their shot.”
Robert Turbin and Christine Michael split reps throughout the day. Each is getting a lot of offseason work since Lynch also did not participate in mandatory minicamp or voluntary OTAs.
“We’re still going to run the football,” Carroll said. “None of that is going to change. The attitude that brought these past few years has been significant. When we were trying to make a mark that we were a physical, tough football team, he stood right at the front of that. But, I think we have accomplished now and that’s our mentality and our makeup. We’re grateful he was part of the and would like to get him back into it.”