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Marshawn Lynch playful with defensive ends; no practice for Seahawks today

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on Aug. 11, 2014 at 9:37 am with 23 Comments »
August 11, 2014 9:37 am
Marshawn Lynch walks away from a joking, cameo appearance in a defensive-end drill at the start of Sunday's Seahawks practice (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).
Marshawn Lynch walks away from a joking, cameo appearance in a defensive-end drill at the start of Sunday’s Seahawks practice (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).

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.

Stephen Schilling (63) gets pointers from defensive lineman Michael Bennett (72) following a pass-rush drill on Sunday (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).
Stephen Schilling (63) gets pointers from defensive lineman Michael Bennett (72) following a pass-rush drill on Sunday (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).

–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:

A great way to watch the Seahawks practice from offshore in Lake Washington (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).
A great way to watch the Seahawks practice from offshore in Lake Washington (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).
Leave a comment Comments → 23
  1. Putting RW in the game like some Guinea Pig Bait for Sharks is flat stupid. Its Hubris on Cable’s part for him to think he can coach up guys like Schilling and Britt and keep RW safe. He’s a good coach, but not a miracle worker. These guys arent ready to roll vs First String NFL Defenses just yet.

    I dont even want to see RW in this game–I’d rather have him rusty come Game One than get killed or battered behind our makeshift line. If you must throw them in the fire, dont put RW behind C, let T-Jack take the lumps…or Pryor.

  2. The good thing is Schilling might actually be better at C than at G, since he played C for the chargers as a backup for at least a year.

    Glad to see Lem get a shot at playing some LG. Hoping to see improvement from Britt and Winston.

  3. chuck_easton says:

    It was reported on another national site that the Broncos really dialed up their defense considering it was not only a pre-season game, but the first pre-season game of the year.

    They were stunting and blitzing far more than what is considered normal for this time of year.

    This was Denver’s pre-season Superbowl and they went all out to win it.

    Let’s just wait to see what happens week 3. I’m going to bet we see an entirely different performance and outcome.

  4. TallyHawk says:

    I finally watched the game over the weekend. You can see the intensity with which the Broncos were playing. It was definitely not just a preseason game for them. I don’t know exactly what they proved but they clearly felt like they had something to prove. Like Chuck, I expect week 3 to be much different game.

  5. montanamike2 says:

    Their SB win was against our scrubs, they didn’t even face our #1’s. No way they see the same team that almost beat them in their pre season opener.

  6. Denver is much better than last year. Not only did they go get Talib, Ware, and Ward, they got Clady, Vickerson, and perhaps the best nickel CB in the NFL Chris Harris back from injury. Not to mention Wolfe at DT, and their C and G…

    They were decimated by injuries last year, and were lucky to get to the SB. They wont be as easy to beat this year.

    But yeah, they were blitzing and playing like it was the second half of the SB and they were down by 35…lol! Meanwhile, Seattle was playing scrubs, rushing 4-5, and running preseason plays on offense…

  7. I like the sound of Lem at LG.

  8. chuck_easton says:


    Please just accept that you are going to have to watch Carp at LG for the season. Or at least until he gets hurt…

    It will help your digestion, your ability to sleep, and your overall mental wellbeing.

  9. I like the sound of Lem getting a chance to practice there, at the least. Carp has yet to maintain health for an entire season, let alone health AND good performance. Best case scenario, Lem goes well at G, backs up Unger AND Carp, and Schilling also does well at C while working on his G skills.

    Try as I may, I cant help but get nervous about the RT spot. I hate the idea of Britt staring Game One, because he obviously isnt ready, but I also know he’ll learn faster that way…I figure if Winston cant beat him out, then we might as well go with Britt like we went with Sweezy, and take our lumps..though it will be RW taking the lumps lol!

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I cringe seeing Wilson get hit so much too.
    I believe he is much tougher than he appears to be.

    And he definitely knows how to avoid most hits.

    Although it’s a different position I remember worrying about Largent (because of his size) getting hit so much, but he was tough as nails & had a knack for avoiding most big hits.

    Largents field awareness was elite.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM & Montana’s guy Coyle is the real deal.

    He played about as well as any Seahawks rookie LB has played in their first game imo.
    And that includes Wagner & Tatupu.

  12. oldtallguy says:

    Marshawn is being investigated for assault and property damage in Bellevue

  13. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is being investigated by police in Bellevue, Washington, after an “allegation of an assault and personal property damage,” according to a statement from the Bellevue Police Department.

    Lynch has not been arrested or charged, and police say they have not determined whether Lynch was actually involved in the incident.

    “The Bellevue Police Department is in the process of gathering the facts of this alleged incident, including verifying whether or not Mr. Lynch was in fact involved,” police said in a statement. “No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at this time.”

    Police have not gone into detail about the nature of the allegation, but they did say it was over an incident at an apartment building early on Sunday morning, and that “no domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation.” The only information police have released about the alleged victim is that she is female.

    Lynch has been in trouble with the law before, including a 2008 guilty plea to hit and run, a 2014 guilty plea to reckless driving as the resolution to a DUI arrest, and a 2009 guilty plea to misdemeanor weapons charges, the latter of which resulted in a three-game suspension to start the 2009 season. Lynch reported to Seahawks camp on July 31 after a brief holdout resulted in the Seahawks agreeing to increase his 2014 base salary.

  14. MoSeahawk12 says:

    This we don’t need. Innocent until proven guilty.

  15. Holding me breath on the Lynch incident. He’s no stranger to trouble, but I wish he was!

    Georgia–Thanks for the link!

  16. As Largent once said, “I dont think Im a great athlete, but I think Im a pretty good football player”.

  17. There’s no way Carp plays 16 games this year unless ‘Go Fish’ counts for some of them he misses with a calf, sheep, hangnail, or whatever.

  18. Southendzone says:

    oh crap… #24 just has a hard time staying on the straight & narrow. I guess that’s what makes him Beast Mode.

    I hope this turns out to be nothing or something minor.

  19. jawpeace says:

    I think Denver’s main goal was not being soft. After last years preseason blowout game, Manning called out the team for being “soft.” Then at the Super Bowl the same thing happened Denver showed itself as a “soft” team. So I think every Denver player so this and their number one goal was not to be soft. Which they did achieve.

  20. Hammajamma says:

    BobbyK: “There’s no way Carp plays 16 games this year unless ‘Go Fish’ counts for some of them he misses with a calf, sheep, hangnail, or whatever.”

    You must mean like Okung, Max and Breno did last year as well.

  21. doubledink says:

    jawpeace, Not to nitpick but Elway was the one to call them out. He left his box to go down and rip his team for having no heart or such. It was dramatic because a team pres usually avoids such interaction with the players.

  22. jawpeace says:

    Double dink, I have no problems being corrected with facts. Because now that you mention it- it was definitely Elway, I thought Manning did it as well, but I am not sure on that, but Elway did in fact do it. BTW I like being corrected when wrong, if in fact you are right, then I won’t be wrong any more and will file that away in the memory banks.

  23. “At the expense of an extra backup somewhere else (say, the offensive and defensive lines) ”

    Say what? They could cut any one of about half the O linemen currently on the roster and I’d say good riddance.

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