Marshawn Lynch’s busiest day yet of this training camp Sunday included a short cameo running through a bag-shedding drills with the Seahawks’ defensive ends. No, he’s not a two-way player now; he and everyone around him smiled at the joking appearance on his way to more work on his day job, being a running back.
Lynch ran the ball more and caught more passes with the starting offense on Sunday. As I wrote here yesterday, coach Pete Carroll said he will decide later this week when Lynch’s exhibition-game debut might come. Don’t be surprised if he gets a few snaps — if not touches of the ball — Friday at CenturyLink Field against San Diego.
–The Seahawks’ players get a day off from practicing today, part of the recent collective bargaining agreement that now mandates a certain number of days off per training camp week. They will return to the field on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, then will have a walk-through practice Thursday for Friday night’s second preseason game.
–In today’s News Tribune I profiled former Bellevue High School star lineman Stephen Schilling coming home to the Seahawks. While his wife is working at her law firm in Chicago (where Schilling spends his offseasons), the lineman is living with his brother in Kirkland and eating meals at his parents home in which he grew up.
And, as of Sunday, he has a new position: center. Offensive line coach Tom Cable is doing an experiment this week on his front, with Schilling working with the first-team at center as Max Unger (groin) remains limited. Last week’s fill-in starter at center, Lemuel Jeanpierre, was at left guard Sunday. Expect Schilling to be at center against the Chargers, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2011 and for whom he started two games that year and was a practice-squad center last season. Whether Schilling starts or not Friday depends on whether Unger comes back to practice fully on Tuesday and Wednesday, as Carroll estimated. Cable and Carroll want to see how versatile Schilling, who was a tackle and a guard in San Diego, really. If he fares well at center this week, his chances of making the team go up significantly.
–The Seattle Times profiled Tarvaris Jackson and mentions the possibility of the Seahawks keeping three quarterbacks — Jackson and Terrelle Pryor backing up Russell Wilson — for a change. I think that’s a strong possibility. Carroll loves competition at every position, even at No. 2 QB, and keeping both Jackson and Pryor would ensure a far-from-complacent quarterbacks room into winter. But will the Seahawks want to use a roster spot they normally don’t at the expense of an extra backup somewhere else (say, the offensive and defensive lines)?
–My former Associated Press colleague Tim Booth writes on Carroll’s review of the Denver exhibition and details some of yesterday’s mixing and matching on the offensive line.
And finally, check out this way to watch Seahawks training camp. Pretty neat. And a paddle boat, no less. The upper deck came in particularly handy for those folks to see the practice field above the shoreline: