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Friday in Hawkville: Seahawks open training camp without Marshawn Lynch

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Leading rusher Marshawn Lynch was a no-show for the first training camp practice, but the Seahawks forged ahead with Robert Turbin and Christine Michael carrying the load in the running game.


Thursday in Hawkville: Getting an early start on early starts

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for July 25, when the Seahawks held the first practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing:

WORDS OF THE DAY: NEXT MAN, OR MEN, UP

Marshawn Lynch was not present when the Seahawks opened their training camp practices on Friday, but it was business as usual for the defending Super Bowl champions even without their leading rusher.

YOU DON'T SAY

“Russ is just a perfectionist. He was already a great player; he’s just trying to perfect it.”

- wide receiver Percy Harvin on third-year QB Russell Wilson

“I’m disappointed he’s not here, by his choice,” coach Pete Carroll said after a crisp initial practice along the shores of Lake Washington. “I’m really focused on the guys who are here and have been with us and are working really hard.”

Lynch reportedly is seeking a new contract, but even if he was on hand his practice reps would be limited – just as they have the past three summers. In his absence, incumbent backup Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, last year’s second-round draft choice, are carrying the load as the Seahawks carry on.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the guys that are getting their shot,” Carroll said. “Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and will try and take full advantage of it.

“We’re going to still run the football.”

That’s because Carroll sees that aspect of the offense as completing the connection between the physical natures of the defense and special teams.

“We’ve had a substantial plan working for us for years now,” he said. “Marshawn was a big part of this plan. Just a couple years back, we made a big effort for him (with a lucrative contract). We wish he was with us now.

“The attitude that he brought in these past few years has been significant. When we were trying to make a mark that we’re a physical, tough football team, he stood right at the front of that and was a big part of it. I think we have accomplished that now and that is our mentality and our makeup. We’re grateful that he was part of that and we’d like to get him back into it.”

Asked if he was confident that something will be worked out, Carroll said, “I’m hoping that he’ll be back with us.”

PLAYS OF THE DAY: COLOR THEM (STANFORD) CARDINAL

Defense: All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, as he did so many times last season, getting a better read on the ball than the receiver to tip away a Russell Wilson pass that was intended for 6-foot-5 Chris Matthews near the goal line. Sherman also broke up a Wilson pass to Ricardo Lockette along the sideline

STAT DU JOUR: A SHOW OF MANY HANDS

The Seahawks will have a different leading receiver in 2014 for the 10th consecutive season because Golden Tate signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency. The last player to lead the club in receptions in consecutive seasons was Darrell Jackson in 2003 and 2004. Here’s a look at the Seahawks’ leading receivers the past nine seasons:

Receptions in Consecutive Years
Player Year No.
Bobby Engram 2005 67
Darrell Jackson 2006 63
Bobby Engram 2007 94
John Carlson 2008 55
T.J. Houshmandzadeh 2009 79
Mike Williams 2010 65
Doug Baldwin 2011 51
Sidney Rice 2012 50
Golden Tate 2013 64

Note: Carlson and Baldwin led the team as rookies; Engram’s 94 receptions in 2007 is the club single-season record.

Offense: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin getting past cornerback Byron Maxwell to catch a pass from Wilson along the sideline. Wilson’s pump fake helped Baldwin get open on the long touchdown reception.

ON THE MEND: SIX PLAYERS SIDELINED OR LIMITED

Six players did not participate in practice or were limited and Carroll offered a report on each.

Linebacker Bruce Irvin, who was placed on PUP while recovering from offseason hip surgery: “He looks fantastic. He thinks he can do everything. But we’re going to take our time. We’ll probably work it all through camp to see how the progress goes. We want to make sure we’re right so once that he comes back he’s good and ready to go.”

Linebacker Korey Toomer, who was placed on PUP because of what Carroll called “a nagging hamstring” injury: “He’s not ready yet. It’s going to be maybe a couple more weeks before he’s ready to go. That’s unfortunate because he had such a great offseason and we were so excited about him and he is excited about this chance. We’re just going to have to wait it out.”

Linebacker Malcolm Smith, who had offseason foot surgery: “He’s close. He’s running and working out. We’re just making sure that once he gets back he can stay back. He has to show that he can tolerate the work day after the day after day. Until that happens, we’ll take it easy on him. It could be a couple of weeks.”

Rookie defensive back Eric Pinkins, who has a foot injury and was placed on non-football injury: “It’s going to take four to six weeks before he’ll be able to get back.”

Strong safety Kam Chancellor, who had offseason hip surgery: “He’s really close and ready to go. He’s chomping at the bit to go.” Chancellor participated in the morning walkthrough.

Also, left tackle Russell Okung was limited. He is recovering from offseason foot surgery.

“He’s just days away from proving it,” Carroll said. “It might take him, if we’re conservative, a couple of weeks. We’ll take our time there.”

Players on PUP can return at any time.

UP NEXT: DAY 2 OF TRAINING CAMP

The players will be back on the practice field on Saturday for the second of their 14 training camp practices.

Friday’s opening practice drew a crowd of 2,521 fans. All the practices open to the public are sold out.