Focus on: Marshawn Lynch

Posted Aug 6, 2013

In a season of heightened expectations for the Seahawks, expect leading rusher Marshawn Lynch to continuing laying the groundwork for an improved – and improving – offense in his unique style.

Another day. Another practice. Another potent dose of Marshawn Lynch.

The Seahawks’ leading rusher was here, there and seemingly everywhere on Tuesday during the 11th practice of the team’s training camp. Ducking behind a block by fullback Michael Robinson before exploding into the second level of the defense. Using a gap provided by a block from guard Paul McQuistan to break another run. Taking a screen pass from Brady Quinn and heading up field behind a block from rookie center Jared Smith. Wrapping up Richard Sherman and taking him to the turf after the All-Pro cornerback stole the ball at the end of another run. Setting up a block by right tackle Breno Giacomini before racing up the sideline.

In a camp where Lynch could be considered the forgotten man, he is making sure no one forgets him.

“Well, Marshawn takes care of business,” quarterback Russell Wilson said after practice. “He’s a great football player. He comes to practice every single day with the intent to improve and to bring his ‘A’ game. When you watch him run, every run he takes he takes it to the house.

“He’s our workhorse. It starts with the offensive line, but he can make a lot of holes and do a lot of great things for our football team.”

And that brings up a point worth revisiting from the last time Lynch was impossible to overlook in practice. Those half dozen runs of 5-7 yards credited to Lynch on Sunday came when the whistle blew the play dead at first contact. But when was the last time Lynch went down on first contact?

That’s how he has rushed for 2,794 yards and 23 touchdowns the past two seasons, and averaged a career-best 5.0 yards per carry last season. Lynch is a workhorse back who produces thoroughbred results.

The Seahawks have selected running backs in each of the past two NFL Drafts – Robert Turbin in the fourth round last year, Christine Michael in the second round this year. Wilson also is maturing into a quarterback who is almost demanding a larger role through his play.

But the Seahawks’ offense will continue to start, and often end, with their Beast Mode back.

“Marshawn is going to be big for us this year,” Wilson said. “Obviously we’re going to need him.”