By John Boyle
A week after skipping the Seahawks’ voluntary organized team activities, running back Marshawn Lynch was on the field taking part in this week’s workouts.
His absence wasn’t a huge issue last week—it is May, after all—but he was the only healthy player not participating.
“This is voluntary,” Pete Carroll said last week. “That’s what the rules and guidelines are all set up to be… We miss him and we’d like him to be here. This is a lot of fun and there is a lot of good stuff happening here. He’s in very good shape, he came in ten days ago and he’s in very good shape. He’s working in a very intense program in his area and he’s benefitting from it. We’d love to see everyone here.”
Neither Lynch nor Carroll was available to the media, but suffice to say, Carroll had to be happy to have his leading rusher back with the team.
And a few other quick notes…
For those who think Russell Wilson is a robot, he had a few moments of looking very human today, throwing a couple of pretty bad interceptions. One of them was so far from TE Luke Willson that it’s fair to wonder if maybe the mistake was on the route being run by the rookie, and not the throw. And just to be clear, I’m not pointing this out because I think there’s cause for concern about Wilson—again, it’s May—but rather because it is almost startling to see him struggle in practice seeing how impressive he has been going back to the middle of last season.
The base D-line for the second week in a row featured Michael Bennett as the Leo defensive end, and Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane in the middle with Red Bryant as the other end. As was the case last week, the Seahawks appear to be tinkering with the idea of using KJ Wright at weakside linebacker (he’s been the strongside linebacker the last two years). Though for the third time, it is May, so we probably can’t read too much into every look the Seahawks throw out this time of year.
G John Moffitt was not on hand. Again, Carroll did not talk, so we don’t know why.
Looking for a random, guy-trying-to-make-the-roster-who-made-an-impression-today player? How ‘bout WR Phil Bates, who was targeted quite a bit and made some nice catches, and as he always does, looked pretty darn fast. Bates was unable to participate in the OTA workout that was open to the media last week due to an injury suffered during the rookie minicamp.