More than a week has passed since Marshawn Lynch ended his holdout by pumping up his guaranteed (as a practical matter) wages for 2014 by $1 million and securing a $500,000 advance against next year’s pay.
So far, Lynch seems to be making up for lost time.
“He’s getting a lot closer,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Sunday. “He had a very good practice today. We’re just trying to do it properly. I really liked the way he got after it today. He got stuff in all phases of the practice. Caught some balls well, blocked well, ran the ball real nice, so a really good first day. This is really, I think, the first week he has a chance to really compete and he brought a great attitude today.”
That doesn’t mean Lynch will see much action in the preseason.
“He doesn’t need a lot of carries, I know that,” Carroll said regarding Lynch, who had five carries in the 2013 preseason and five the preseason before that. “We need to get him some work. So we’ll work him a little bit throughout and we’ll see how this week goes first and we’ll make a determination. He looks great. He’s in great shape, he looks just as fit as he ever has. His weight is way down. He’s really worked hard to get here, and even through a trying time, he really kept his focus and did a nice job of getting ready, and it showed today, you can tell.”
Carroll declined to divulge Lynch’s current weight. But Carroll reiterated that Lynch is in “really good shape.”
Tailbacks don’t have to be ripped or conditioned or lean or ready to go 12 rounds with Rocky Balboa. They just need to be able and willing to take a pounding and move the chains with short bursts of energy. Lynch could have walked into the locker room with a mouthful of Skittles five minutes before kickoff of the regular-season opener and done that.