Thursday Round-Up: Sports Illustrated Ranks Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch NFL's Best Running Back Heading Into 2015

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, July 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

'Beast Mode' Is Best

Ahead of the 2015 season, Doug Farrar at SI.com has put together a list of the NFL's Top 10 running backs heading into the new year and the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch comes in at No. 1 on his ranks.

NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2015, a pecking order determined solely by the votes of NFL players, unveiled Lynch as the ninth-best player in the League earlier this month. That standing made Lynch the No. 2-ranked running back in the NFL behind 2014 rushing champion DeMarco Murray, who came in at No. 4 overall on NFL Network's Top 100 ranks.

But Farrar's list puts the 'Beast Mode' back on top, and he explains why:

Lynch didn't lead the NFL in rushing yards last season—he finished fourth with 1,306 regular-season yards—but it's difficult to imagine, in the current NFL where backs are frequently seen as fungible entities, a back more important to his team. From a purely technical standpoint, Lynch has a special combination of toughness and agility; his ability to move through defenders is one of his most underrated attributes, and the way he defies contact and gains extra yardage after first contact is unparalleled.

Per Pro Football Focus, Lynch caused 117 missed tackles on 343 rushing attempts in the 2014 regular season and postseason, by far the highest mark in the league. He's able to do this despite the fact that defenses are keying on him on nearly every play, due to the rudimentary nature of Seattle's passing game. And though he doesn't say much to the media, make no mistake—he's the tone-setter for his team in the locker room. Outside of the league's best quarterbacks and a handful of defensive players, there isn't an NFL player more crucial to the success of his team than Lynch is.

The Steelers' Le'Veon Bell (No. 2), Eagles' Murray (No. 3), Packers' Eddie Lacy (No. 4), Bengals' Jeremy Hill (No. 5), Chiefs' Jamaal Charles (No. 6), Texans' Arian Foster (No. 7), Ravens' Justin Forsett (No. 8), Dolphins' Lamar Miller (No. 9), and Vikings' Adrian Peterson (No. 10) round out Farrar's list of the League's Top 10 running backs behind the Seahawks' Lynch.

Watch Training Camp Live Online

Q13 FOX (channel 13 in Seattle) will be broadcasting live on day one of Seahawks training camp from Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Starting at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, July 31, you can watch the Seahawks 2015 season kick off by tuning into Q13 on T.V., or by navigating to Seahawks.com/Live for an online stream.

After the first open practice, Seahawks.com will continue to broadcast the first hour of each training camp practice that's open to the public. A full list of open camp dates and times can be found at trainingcamp.seahawks.com.

Richard Sherman's Softball Game Recap

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has released the official video from his celebrity softball game that took place at Seattle's Safeco Field roughly two weeks back and benefited his Blanket Coverage foundation. The feature is embedded for you above and when you're done watching be sure to check out Seahawks.com's story from that day right here.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from @NFLCanada, which shares a video of Canadian-born tight end Luke Willson getting ready for Seahawks training camp.

More From Around The Web

A player-by-player look at the Seattle Seahawks 90-man roster heading into 2015 training camp.

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle relays five things to know before Seahawks training camp opens on Friday.

Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who recently had a kidney removed after being diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer, took part in a preview of the Space Needle's 'Base 2 Space' event, climbing 832 steps from the building's ground level to its observation deck. The 'Base 2 Space' event takes place this October and benefits life-saving research at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Cancer.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin talks with Q13 FOX, letting fans know what they can expect at this year's training camp.

Nate Davis at USA Today offers a position-by-position preview of the Seahawks' 2015 season.

ESPN Stats & Information shares the top stats to know as the Seahawks ready for training camp.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times outlines what to expect this year from the Seahawks' 2014 draft class.

Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com says 'redemption' is the best way to describe the underlying challenge of the Seahawks' 2015 season.

And Stephen Cohen at SeattlePI.com poses 12 key questions for 2015 as Seahawks training camp gets underway.

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