Thursday Round-Up: Where Does Marshawn Lynch Rank Among The NFL's Top 10 Running Backs?

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Oct. 29 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Marshawn Lynch One of NFL's Best Backs

ESPN NFL expert Mike Sando ranks the League's Top 10 running backs (Insider), a list that Sando says he put together in an attempt to capture "a snapshot of the new and evolving running back hierarchy."

Sando used input from NFL coaches and talent evaluators to establish his ranks and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell comes in at No. 1 on his list. The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch is right behind Bell at No. 2 and here's what Sando had to say about Seattle's "Beast Mode" back:

Lynch missed nearly three games to injury and did not gain much traction in his return game against Carolina, but he was in peak form against San Francisco last week.

While anyone can appreciate Lynch's punishing style, coaches attuned to the game's finer points love the way he excels regardless of the formation. Lynch has produced from the I-formation, affording him optimal vision. He has produced in pistol formations with obstructed vision. He has produced while offset in shotgun formations. That versatility separates Lynch from some others (Murray and Peterson have appeared less comfortable outside the I-formation).

Lynch has shown a good feel for the screen game and an ability to detach from the formation to catch passes as a wide receiver. He is also effective as a pass protector, even against top rushers (he picked up Denver's DeMarcus Ware last season, for example).

Lynch's physical running style still defines him.

"There are a lot of guys who make a lot of money in this league who get tired of seeing him," one coach said.

Rounding out Sando's Top 10 behind Bell and Lynch is Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (No. 3), St. Louis' Todd Gurley (No. 4), Buffalo's LeSean McCoy (No. 5), the Jets' Chris Ivory (No. 6), Atlanta's Devonta Freeman (No. 7), Chicago's Matt Forte (No. 8), New Orleans' Mark Ingram (No. 9), and Jacksonville's T.J. Yeldon (No. 10).

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson, who returned to practice this week after starting the year on the team's physically unable to perform list.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle highlights the pass-rushing play of defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, looks at cornerback Richard Sherman's expanded role on defense, and notes that Dez Bryant returned to practice yesterday for the Dallas Cowboys, the wide receiver's first practice since injuring his foot in his team's regular-season opener.

Here's five things we learned from Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference, where the Seahawks head coach talked about Paul Richardson, Bryce Brown, the Cowboys' offensive line, Seattle's troubles defending opposing tight ends, and more.

Here's Wednesday's practice report for the Seahawks and Cowboys, a day that saw running backs Thomas Rawls (calf) and Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) sit out for Seattle.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch joined comedian Conan O'Brien to preview Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, a game that features Lynch as a character.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is the NFL's top jersey seller among both men and women and five other Seahawks players rank in the Top 50.

Scott Engel at RotoExperts.com leads his Week 8 fantasy football preview with what you can expect from the Seahawks at Dallas.

The Seahawks return to a normal practice week with "Competition Wednesday" in full stride inside at VMAC as they prepare for the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. 

Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com says the Seahawks are in position to make a late-season run despite their shaky start.

Todd Archer at ESPN.com says Darren McFadden will be the Cowboys' starting running back this Sunday against the Seahawks. McFadden took over for an injured Joseph Randle in Dallas' loss to the New York Giants this past week, carrying 29 times for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times previews Sunday's Seahawks game with Dallas beat reporter Mike Fisher.

Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com pegs Cowboys pass rusher Greg Hardy as his person of interest heading into Sunday's Seahawks game.

And Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune profiles fifth-year Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, who Carroll says is having his best season.

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