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Tuesday in Hawkville: Marshawn Lynch makes the most of his most extensive stint of training camp

Posted Aug 5, 2014

It was only four touches, two runs and two receptions, but Marshawn Lynch provided a glimpse of what was missing at the Seahawks’ training camp while he missed the first week of practice.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 5, when the Seahawks held the 10th practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing:

WORD OF THE DAY: BEAST

Yes, as in Beast Mode. After arriving late to training camp and then being limited to a couple of touches in his first three practices, Marshawn Lynch doubled that on Tuesday.

YOU DON'T SAY

“Hmm. What are we as a defense? I would say we’re a fast and physical unit.”

All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor, who has practiced on a limited basis the past two days after having offseason hip surgery

It was nothing extensive, but it was impressive.

Lynch’s first carry came on the final snap of the 9-on-7 drill. His second came in a third-down drill, and Lynch picked up the needed yardage for the first down – and then some. Later, on a third-and-4 play, Lynch took a pass from Terrelle Pryor and displayed a nice burst in getting up the sideline for another first down. He followed that with another reception from Tarvaris Jackson on a third-and-9 play, and another first down.

Robert Turbin and Christine Michael will carry the load on Thursday night in the preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver, but Lynch displayed during Tuesday’s practice the unique skills that have allowed him to rush for 1,204, 1,590 and 1,257 yards the past three seasons while also catching 28, 23 and 36 passes.

“He’s a unique dude. I don’t know if there’s anyone like him. They definitely broke the mold,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said with a smile. “I don’t coach him, but I just enjoy being around him and watching him do his thing.”

PLAYS OF THE DAY: K.J. WRIGHT’S PICK AND WILSON-TO-HARVIN FOR SIX

Defense: Cornerback Tharold Simon made a lunging deflection of a Terrell Pryor pass at the goal line that was intended for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and then intercepted a pass on the final play of practice – one from holder/punter Jon Ryan to kicker Steven Hauschka on a fake field goal. But the defensive backs were upstaged by weak-side linebacker K.J. Wright, who intercepted two passes. On the first, he tipped a Pryor pass with his right hand and then controlled the ball while in full stride.

Offense: Tight end Cooper Helfet and fullback Derrick Coleman caught touchdown passes in the red-zone drill that ended practiced, and rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson got behind the defense to catch a long TD pass from Pryor. But let’s go with Russell Wilson’s TD pass to Percy Harvin up the seam in the 7-on-7 drill, because that’s the kind of play the Seahawks will need when the regular season starts.

ROSTER MOVES OF THE DAY: DION BAILEY WAIVED, TREY WOLFE RETURNS

Dion Bailey, a rookie free-agent safety from USC, was waived/injured after severely spraining an ankle in Saturday’s mock game. To fill his spot on the 90-man roster, rookie cornerback Trey Wolfe was signed. Wolfe, who played at Fort Valley State, participated in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

STAT DU JOUR: LINEBACKERS CAN CATCH, TOO

In honor of K.J. Wright’s two interceptions during practice on Tuesday, here’s a look at the most interceptions in a season by linebackers in franchise history:


Player Season Number
Lofa Tatupu 2007 4
Ken Geddes 1977 3
Terry Wooden 1994 3
Darrin Smith 1998 3
Anthony Simmons 2003 3
Lofa Tatupu 2005 3
David Hawthorne 2009 3
David Hawthorne 2011 3
Bobby Wagner 2012 3

UNIT WATCH: OFFENSIVE LINE

Left tackle Russell Okung took part in individual drills for the second consecutive practice, while just-signed Wade Smith practiced with the Seahawks for the first time and left guard James Carpenter returned on a limited basis after being sidelined. So line coach Tom Cable continued to mix and match his players as the team prepares for Thursday night’s preseason opener.

The first unit remained – from left tackle to right – Alvin Bailey, subbing for Okung; Caylin Hauptman, for Carpenter; Max Unger; J.R. Sweezy; and rookie Justin Britt.

On the No. 2 line were Garry Gilliam, Smith, Stephen Schilling, C.J. Davis and Eric Winston. The No. 3 line included Cory Brandon, Greg Van Roten, Davis at center, Schilling at right guard and Nate Isles.

UP NEXT: PRACTICE, AND THEN OFF TO DENVER

The team will hold a morning practice on Wednesday, which is not open to the public, before flying to Denver for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Broncos.

The next practice open to fans is on Sunday, but it’s sold out. Tuesday’s practice drew a group of 2,502.