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Morning Links: Is Michael’s chance here?

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on July 26, 2014 at 10:08 am with 16 Comments »
July 26, 2014 10:11 am
Kam Chancellor and Blitz have a pose down at training camp. / Staff photo, Peter Haley
Kam Chancellor and Blitz have a pose down at training camp. / Staff photo, Peter Haley

Good morning from training camp.

Marshawn Lynch’s holdout gives Christine Michael and Robert Turbin plenty of practice carries.

Much of the intrigue surrounds Michael, who appears a dynamic runner in low-leverage (practice, preseason and blowout) situations. He had a trio of issues last season keeping him from the field: His blocking was subpar; he did not play special teams; and there were questions about his maturity level.

Michael has worked on each. He said Friday he’s ready to play any portion of special teams asked of him, whether that is coverage or blocking. He also said he’s learned. A lot.

“Just taking my time with game,” Michael said. “Learning the game. Studying more film. Asking more questions. Taking better notes and becoming an overall pro; still trying to become an even better pro, man.

“Learning what the offensive linemen are doing. Different checks and just learn the whole offense.”

Pass blocking?

“I’m currently  working on that and that’s my biggest thing,” Michael said. “If I had to pick one thing in my game to work on, it would be pass blocking. I’ve been studying more film. I know who I’m blocking now, I know what to block, I know the different defensive schemes. Now, just ready to go out there and show it, prove it.”

Michael said last year was not tough, but rather a new experience.

“Just learn as much as I can and contribute to this amazing offense, this amazing team,” Michael said.

So, lots of Michael — who constantly answered with “Yes, sir,” not the typical way media is addressed — saying the right things.

Unfortunately, Robert Turbin wasn’t available yesterday. Obviously, he’s part of the equation. I’m hoping to chat with Turbin today or tomorrow.

Lynch was not listed on new Seahawks official roster today. He’s on reserve/did not report list, giving the Seahawks a roster exemption.

I wrote about Lynch being out and the running back situation as a whole.

Our Dave Boling says even without Lynch, the Seahawks will be fine.

Also some notes rounding up the injuries.

Our photo gallery from day one of camp.

Also, the Seahawks have waived/injured Dewayne Cherrington and signed LB Brandon Denmark and S Steven Terrell, team announced this morning.


> In case you missed it yesterday, here is Pete Carroll telling USA Today he expects Lynch to honor his contract.

> Doug Farrar at writes that Russell Wilson and the Seahawks may go vertical this season.

> MMQB writes about the Seahawks’ mood at camp as they try to avoid a Super Bowl hangover.

> 49ers RB Kendall Hunter tore his ACL Friday.

> SF linebacker NaVorro Bowman won’t be back until midway through the season.

> St. Louis QB Sam Bradford says he is feeling good at the start of camp.

Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Thanks Ray…

  2. Ray_Maines says:

    OK, Live video over. Hi everybody.

  3. LouieLouie says:

    Unfortunately, Marshawn Lynch has shown a capacity to self destruct. That is what happened in Buffalo. He has been focused as a Seahawk for past few seasons, and has kept himself on the straight-and-narrow. Let’s hope he doesn’t go back into self destruct mode.

  4. doubledink says:

    I sure hope this article about Marshawn retiring is false.

  5. Ray_Maines says:

    You can’t rule anything out with MS, but I don’t put one drop of faith in that article.

    Blitz looks pretty good in the photo at the top, but I’m going with Kambo.

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    RE: Marshawn retiring link above…

    The Daily Leak is a satirical website. The contents of the may not be reprinted or re-transmitted in whole or in part without the express written consent of the publisher. The Daily Leak is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.

    The Daily Leak uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

  7. doubledink says:

    Like The Onion I guess.

  8. A guy who wants more money isn’t going to retire. He may skip all of camp and pre-season, but he will be playing week 1.

  9. If Lynch is out, our o-line better get a lot better and Russell better be ready to run for his life, forget about time to play with the new receivers, no matter how fast they are, without Lynch our run game is not a threat, and our offense will never score enough points to control the clock. It won’t be a player “hangover,” but mere managerial malfeasance and incompetence that will lead to the coming season, unless the FO gets its act together in a hurry.
    Feed the Beast!
    Pay the man.
    It is all about that respect, Boss!

  10. PLUHawkFan says:


    You nor anybody knows that for sure. Lynch wasn’t the beast when he 1st showed up here. Michael, and to a lesser degree Turbin have not had the opportunity to show what they can and cannot do. Until they get into games we won’t know what we have.

    I understand the thought process, but you just can’t make a blanket judgement like that without seeing what other players can do. For all we know Michael could turn out to be more of a beast then the beast. Doubtful I’ll agree, but possible still. And until he gets a chance to really play completely unknown what he will or won’t be able to do.

    Lets wait and see…

  11. PLUHawkFan says:

    As a side note, Turbin actually showed some really possibility last season. Unfortunately every single time it seemed he had an explosive run (which he had quite a few) They all got called back on penalties. Things might seem a bit different with him even, if those runs had stayed valid. We’d be talking about what a surprise he was and a nice addition to ML.

  12. CDHawkFan says:

    Turbin trips himself up more than any other player I’ve seen. Not sure if his nerves get to him, but for a non juke kind of back, he sure fakes himself out and falls a lot.

  13. If ML doesn’t show up he would have to pay back up to 6 mil of his signing bonus

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