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Sunday in Hawkville: An increased load for Beast Mode

Posted Aug 10, 2014

After arriving late for training camp and then being very limited last week, Marshawn Lynch participated from first play to last in Sunday’s practice and the Seahawks’ leading rusher impressed everyone.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 10, when the Seahawks held the 12th practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing – and the 11th of 12 sessions open to the public:

FOCUS ON: MARSHAWN LYNCH

The more you see of Marshawn Lynch, the more there is to like.

After reporting late to training camp and then getting less than a dozen touches in practice last week, the Seahawks’ four-time leading rusher didn’t make the trip to Denver for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Broncos.

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“It was a great evaluation tool for us, the one that we needed.”

– coach Pete Carroll after reviewing the video of Thursday night’s 21-16 loss to the Broncos in the preseason opener.

But following an off day on Friday and a review walkthrough on Saturday, the players were back on the practice field Sunday – when Lynch saw his most action of camp and, not surprisingly, left a favorable impression.

“Marshawn had a very good practice today. I really like the way he got after it,” coach Pete Carroll said after yet another spirited practice on yet another gorgeous day along the shores of Lake Washington.

Lynch took part in every phase of practice after being limited last week. His presence-feeling participation started with a carry on the first play of the first full-team drill. But it was during the final phase – a red-zone drill – that Lynch really got it going.

He displayed a nice burst up the gut in running for 4 yards on first down and then spun from a defender after being hit in the backfield for a 1-yard gain on second down. The final three plays were all Lynch, as he ran for 9 and 2 yards before scoring on a 4-yard run.

“Marshawn caught some balls well, blocked well, ran the ball really nice,” Carroll said. “It was a really good first day, and this really is the first week he has a chance to really compete and he brought a great attitude today.”

And that’s a good thing after the Seahawks rushed for 94 yards against the Broncos, with QB Terrelle Pryor the leading rusher with 28 yards.

“Marshawn looks great. He’s in great shape,” Carroll said. “He looks just as fit as he ever has. His weight is way down. He’s really worked hard to get here. Even through a trying time (his no-show for the first week of camp), he really kept his focus and did a nice job in getting ready.

“It showed today. You could tell.”

INJURY REPORT: JAMES CARPENTER, RUSSELL OKUNG RETURN TO PRACTICE

Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle Russell Okung got some reps in team drills, and left guard James Carpenter got even more. That’s a positive for an offensive line that had problems protecting the quarterbacks in Thursday night’s preseason opener.

Okung is recovering from offseason foot surgery, while Carpenter had been sidelined with a sore knee.

“Russell Okung took some snaps for the first time in team period. James Carpenter did a really nice job today in the limited reps he got,” Carroll said. “So we’re getting stronger.”

Cornerback A.J. Jefferson got what Carroll called “a substantial sprain” of his ankle during Thursday night’s preseason opener. “It’s going to be awhile, probably a couple of weeks,” Carroll said when asked when Jefferson might be able to return.

Pro Bowl center Max Unger sat out with the groin injury that kept him out of Thursday night’s game. Stephen Schilling worked at center with the No. 1 line in practice, with incumbent backup Lemuel Jeanpierre working at right guard with the No. 2 line. Carroll said Unger has a chance to return for Tuesday’s practice.

PLAYS OF THE DAY: JEREMEY LANE, COOPER HELFET AND STEVEN HAUSCHKA

Defense: Nickel back Jeremy Lane ripping a Russell Wilson pass from the hands of wide receiver Percy Harvin in the end zone – the better of two impressive breakups for Lane.

Offense: Cooper Helfet, who is looking to nail down the third tight spot, making a one-handed catch of a pass from Wilson for a 20-yard gain.

Special teams: When the offense stalled on the first two possessions in the red-zone drill, Steven Hauschka hit 51- and 53-yard field goals.

ROSTER MOVE OF THE DAY: TREY WOLFE RE-SIGNED

Rookie free agent cornerback Trey Wolfe has been re-signed. He was with the team for one day last week, and also had participated in May’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Wolfe celebrated his return by making an interception in the end zone of a Tarvaris Jackson pass that was intended for rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson.

To clear a spot on the 90-man roster for Wolfe, linebacker Mike Taylor was waived with the injury designation.

JERSEY SHORES: SUNDAY’S PRACTICE ATTRACTS LARGEST CROWD YET

The final Sunday practice open to fans drew the largest crowd of the 11 practices that have been open: 2,840. And they came wearing their Seahawks Sunday best.

STAT DU JOUR: FROM LIMITED TO NO LIMITS

How many carries does Marshawn Lynch need in the preseason to be ready for the regular season? Not many, if his first three full seasons with the Seahawks are an indication. Here’s a look at Lynch’s preseason production compared to his regular-season production:

Preseason Regular Season
Year Carries Yards Carries Yards
2011 6 10 285 1,204
2012 2 32 315 1,590
2013 5 9 301 1,257

There were jerseys representing former Seahawks: the Hall of Fame trio of Steve Largent (80), Cortez Kennedy (96) and Walter Jones (71); Matt Hasselbeck (8), Lofa Tatupu (51) and Ricky Watters (32).

There were even more jerseys representing current players: including the All-Pro trio of Earl Thomas (29), Richard Sherman (25) and Kam Chancellor (31); Lynch (24), Wilson (3), Harvin (11), Doug Baldwin (89), Jermaine Kearse (15), Malcolm Smith (53) and Hauschka (4).

What does it mean to a player to see fans wearing his jersey?

“It means a lot,” Thomas said. “I always look for that, especially when I come out here at training camp and on game days, just to see how many No. 29 jerseys are out there. But if I don’t see enough, that just motivates me to work harder.”

Thomas’ jersey is at No. 20 among the top-selling in the entire league – with Wilson, Sherman, the fans’ No. 12 and Lynch all in the Top 12.

“I take pride it that – No. 20 out of all the players in the league,” Thomas said. “I always want to be No. 1, but No. 20 is good – especially when you talk about jersey sales and I play defense. So it’s a blessing just to be part of this great organization and this great defense because without the coaches and my teammates, I wouldn’t be in this position.”

UP NEXT: AN OFF DAY, THEN A FINAL OPEN PRACTICE

The players are off Monday before returning Tuesday for the final practice that is open to fans. Camp breaks after practice on Wednesday as the team prepares for its preseason home opener against the Chargers at CenturyLink Field on Friday night.