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Tuesday in Hawkville: Marshawn Lynch reports, but likely won’t practice

Posted Jun 17, 2014

The wait has ended, as Marshawn Lynch reported for the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. But the wait to see him carry the ball continues, as the team’s leading rusher has a sore ankle – and he never gets the ball much until the regular season begins anyway.

FOCUS ON: MARSHAWN LYNCH

Shortly after his teammates took the practice field for the start of the Seahawks’ minicamp, Marshawn Lynch emerged from the locker room wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Yes, the team’s leading rusher is present for the mandatory minicamp. But it’s unlikely that he will participate because of a sore ankle.

But just the will-he or won’t-he report frenzy in the media leading up to the three-day minicamp had even coach Pete Carroll cracking wise after practice.

“That was a big story. We expected him to be here and he’s here,” Carroll said.

STAT DU JOUR: NO. 1, BUT ALSO TOP 10 FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE SEASONS

This just in: The Seahawks’ defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL last season in average yards allowed, as well as average points allowed, interceptions and turnovers. But did you know that the Seahawks’ defense has ranked among the Top 10 for the past three seasons, tying the franchise-best streak by the 1990-92 units? So while having the top-ranked defense in the league was a milestone for the Seahawks in their Super Bowl-winning season, just ranking in the Top 10 has been a rarity. Here’s a look at the Seahawks’ Top 10 units in their first 38 seasons:

Season Rank Avg. Yards Allowed
2013 1 273.6
2012 4 306.2
2011 9 332.2
1997 8 303.1
1992 10 286.4
1991 8 293.9
1990 9 288.1
1984 6 310.2

Even if healthy, Lynch would not have done a lot in this final stage of the offseason program. That has been the team’s approach the past three years, and it’s understandable considering Lynch has more carries (901) than any back in the NFL since 2011.

Last summer, Lynch got five carries in the preseason and then carried the load in the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl – 301 carries for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season; 65 carries for 288 yards and four TDs in the postseason. In the summer of 2012, Lynch also had five preseason carries and then produced career-highs in carries (315) and yards (1,590). In 2011, it was six carries in the preseason, followed by 285 carries for 1,204 yards and 12 TDs in the regular season.

“We have rested him a lot in the offseason,” Carroll said. “He takes a big pounding during the year and it takes him a long time to get his body back to where he doesn’t feel the rigors of the season.

“In this case it’s unique, but he is a unique player and he has a unique role on our football team. So we have to do what we have to do to take care of him.”

During Lynch’s absence from the just-completed OTA sessions, incumbent backup Robert Turbin and second-year back Christine Michael have been getting the first-unit reps and making the most of their opportunities. But Lynch remains the legs that will carry the offense.

Asked if Lynch is still the bell-cow back, Carroll said, “Absolutely. We expect him to come right back in battling and doing the things that he does. Turbo and Christine, those guys want some time, too. And they’re battling. They’ve had great offseasons for us.

“But Marshawn really has been the guy for us, and we love everything about the way he plays and what he brings to this team.”

DARRINGTON COMES TO THE SEAHAWKS

In March, a contingent from the Seahawks paid a visit to the Darrington community in the aftermath of a mudslide that has claimed 42 lives. Tuesday, a 22-member group from the Darrington High School football team watched practice from the sideline.

Afterward, senior-to-be quarterback Trent Green – yes, his name really is Trent Green, just like the former NFL QB – was cradling a football that contained autographs from All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Percy Harvin, among others.

“Just being around these guys is a crazy feeling. I can’t even explain it right now,” Green said. “Getting to watch them, it’s pretty cool to see them and be this close to them.”

What does Green plan to do with his autographed football? “This is going to go in a case in my bedroom,” he said.

IT’S OFFICIAL: RUSSELL WILSON IS A GOOD GUY

Russell Wilson isn’t just a good player; the Seahawks’ third-year quarterback is a good guy.

Such a good guy, that Wilson has been selected as the 2014 Good Guy Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America. Wilson is the 10th recipient of the award, but the first Seahawk to be honored.

YOU DON'T SAY

“I’m really excited about this guy. He has had a fantastic offseason for us. … He’s exactly the kind of guy we like. He’s real tall and real long and he’s run very well downfield and covered the deep ball extremely well.”

- Coach Pete Carroll on the play of cornerback Tharold Simon, a fifth-round draft choice last year who spent his rookie season on injured reserve

“Russell’s work with the local children’s hospital, even during the season, is fairly well-known. I think he has a larger impact on the Seattle area, though, with the messages he sends out during every interview,” said Tacoma News Tribune columnist Dave Boling. “The classic underdog, Wilson is a walking example of the value of determination and diligence. He often recounts the messages of his father – family, teamwork, sportsmanship. He has played himself into a position as the face of the Seahawks franchise, but he is also the voice and conscience of it, too.”

The previous winners: 2005, Jerome Brown (Steelers); 2006, Tiki Barber (Giants); 2007, LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers); 2008, Brett Favre (Packers); 2009, Kurt Warner (Cardinals); 2010, Drew Brees (Saints); 2011, Aaron Rodgers (Packers); 2012, Tim Tebow (Broncos); 2013, Tony Gonzalez (Falcons).

UP NEXT: MIDWAY POINT OF THE MINICAMP

Day 2 of the three-day minicamp will be held on Wednesday, with the third and final session set for Thursday. Then, the veterans are “off” until training camp opens in late July, while the rookies will complete their offseason program. The team’s eight draft choices will be heading to the NFL Rookie Symposium that begins Sunday in Aurora, Ohio.