RENTON, Wash.-- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media Monday something that should be no surprise to anyone. Running back Marshawn Lynch is not in Beastmode shape, and is far behind his teammates.
“He missed a lot of offseason with us,” said Carroll. “He did work very hard. He had a really diligent routine that he went through, regimen that he went through. But it’s still football shape he’s gotta get in.”
Lynch skipped some of the team’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs), stood and watched minicamp in June and held out of training camp in hopes of a new contract. He reported last Thursday after getting an additional $1 million.
“Our guys are in shape year-round, they’re in condition. We have to get them in football shape and that takes some time. These other guys are a long ways ahead of him in terms of working with us all through all the OTAs and minicamps and all that.”
Carroll said the team is going to take its time with the 28-year-old running back.
“We’ve always been very patient with him, making sure that his body’s in great shape. We’re just gonna bring him along,” said Carroll.
So, don’t be surprised if Lynch stays off the field for most of the preseason, including Thursday’s opener at Denver. The Seahawks already planned to limit Lynch’s carries during the exhibition season in order to have him healthy for the Sept. 4 season opener against Green Bay.
Lynch touched the ball an average of 239 times in each of his first four seasons. But, in three full seasons in Seattle, he’s logged an average of 329 touches, rushing and receiving in the regular season. When you consider he’s the type of back that initiates contact, that just compounds the beating he takes year-in and year-out.
The preseason will also give Seattle a chance to get a good look at backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael against first-team defenses.
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