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Todd Downing “pleasantly surprised” by Marshawn Lynch

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The true measure of how much running back Marshawn Lynch has left in the tank after sitting out the 2016 season will come once the Raiders take the field in September, but it sounds like what the team has seen so far is a bit more than they may have been expecting.

During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan, Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing was asked about the impression the running back made during his offseason work with the team.

“This is being as genuine as I can be,” Downing said. “He has pleasantly surprised me at every turn. It’s been really neat to be around him. … So everything that we’ve seen on him thus far — and, of course, we’ve only been in pajamas out there practicing — but what we’ve seen has been fantastic. And I’m as excited as the rest of Raider Nation to see what he’s got.”

Lynch will have to continue to impress once he’s out of pajamas and into full pads, but his past success and the quality of the Raiders’ offensive line provide reason to believe Downing won’t have to seriously downgrade his read on Lynch down the line.

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19 Responses to “Todd Downing “pleasantly surprised” by Marshawn Lynch”
  1. thetooloftools says: Jun 28, 2017 8:15 AM

    Commence with the beatings !

  2. dejadoh says: Jun 28, 2017 8:40 AM

    Pajama mode?

    Hugh Hefner had that down.

  3. RegisHawk says: Jun 28, 2017 9:01 AM

    He should be good for the first 5 games or so. Depending on how much they use him, maybe more.

  4. Fried Toast says: Jun 28, 2017 9:01 AM

    This Seahawks fan is definitely looking forward to seeing what Lynch and the Raiders to do this year.

    I’m still salty over that AFC championship loss years ago, but other than that, it’s been so long since being arch-foes with them (and Tom Flores is gone), I can actually hope they’ll do well.

  5. MCxShow says: Jun 28, 2017 9:14 AM

    I wish Marshawn nothing but the best this season…good player, even better person.

  6. nhpats says: Jun 28, 2017 9:56 AM

    After the Patriots beat down the Raiders Marshawn will once again announce his retirement

  7. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 28, 2017 10:01 AM

    Geesh, what did you expect him to say? That he was displeased? Sorry, too early for a parade.

  8. 700levelvet says: Jun 28, 2017 10:14 AM

    Lynch will be good for at least 3 home games…. Then suffer an injury, sell some more Jerseys and be back like week 12 or 13…. Depending if they are in the playoff hunt… Dudes about money…

  9. mojodoa says: Jun 28, 2017 10:17 AM

    It’s all talk until the season starts. If for nothing else it’s great PR.

  10. fumblenuts says: Jun 28, 2017 10:17 AM

    With the Raiders O-Line being so good he should have a really good season and rip off BIG runs.

  11. minson15 says: Jun 28, 2017 10:45 AM

    Lynch was great with a terrible Offensive line in Seattle. Lynch was repeatedly having to break tackles in the back field for positive yardage, and still would break big gains. With Oakland’s line being one of the best run blocking units in the league it should be awesome to watch this dude at a full sprint plowing over some defenses.

  12. midnightcusk says: Jun 28, 2017 11:02 AM

    Exhibit A why the Pats will continue to roll. When they sign a guy, he either performs as expected, or they cut him. The Raiders? They sign a guy and then are “pleasantly surprised.” Lol.

  13. guyjuneguyjune says: Jun 28, 2017 11:19 AM

    Raider Nation is being ripped off with these PR stunts by Davis’s Las Vegas Raiders organization just to keep filling Oakland’s lame duck stadium. Spanos’s “Fight For L-a-L-a-Land” and Carson’s sole sponsorship of Venice Gay Pride Days, hiring Ladanian Tomlinson is the same fake nonsense to attempt to build some sort of fan base.
    These owner who betrayed their fans are greedy phony’s.

  14. joetoronto says: Jun 28, 2017 11:47 AM

    It’s pretty clear that the reason so many Pats fans are commenting here is because they’re worried about a changing of the guard from the Pats to the Raiders.

    It’s OK, you have good reason to worry.

  15. araidersfan says: Jun 28, 2017 12:50 PM

    I don’t expect much from Lynch but I can understand that the coaching staff are saying what the owner wants to hear because it was Son-of-Al’s idea to bring him in.

  16. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Jun 28, 2017 12:59 PM

    It’s pretty clear that the reason so many Pats fans are commenting here is because they’re worried about a changing of the guard from the Pats to the Raiders.

    It’s OK, you have good reason to worry.
    ***************************************************
    You are correct Joe, after a LONG wait the Raiders are back in contention!! The Pats have had a very good run with Brady but we are gunning for them now.

  17. haywoodjablomey says: Jun 28, 2017 1:28 PM

    Know Marshawn, know Super Bowl.

    No Marshawn, no Super Bowl.

    Any Seahawk fan will admit that they know this to be true – just ask Pete.

  18. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 28, 2017 6:02 PM

    Raiders had the easiest schedule in the NFL last season and they still needed 7 game, 4th quarter comebacks. This year they have the third most difficult schedule. 8-8.

  19. araidersfan says: Jun 29, 2017 3:34 PM

    fakebookfreddy says:
    Jun 28, 2017 6:02 PM

    Raiders had the easiest schedule in the NFL last season and they still needed 7 game, 4th quarter comebacks. This year they have the third most difficult schedule. 8-8.

    ==========

    babygaga’s Broncos had trouble beating teams with winning records last season. Still lacking a decent QB and with Wade Phillips no longer DC, they’ll be lucky to win 6 games this year.

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