RB Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks
|5-10, 223||Born: 4-22-1986||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 12|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Sat Jan 31): practiced fully on Saturday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Wed Jan 28): could face a significant fine for wearing an unauthorized "beast mode" hat to media day. Lynch doesn't want to talk to the media, and he wants to wear what he likes. The fines go to charity, and Lynch has no problem paying.
General News (Tue Jan 27): was fined $20,000 Thursday, Jan. 22, for an obscene gesture he made after scoring a touchdown in the NFC Championship game, according to an NFL official. He's also subject to a fine for not speaking to the media after the game, and the league is considering fining him significantly more than the $50,000 he has been previously fined for not speaking to reporters. An NFL official said there would be increasing fines if Lynch misses sessions during Super Bowl week, with each fine being more than the two $50,000 fines already imposed and the upcoming penalty.
General News (Tue Jan 27): is expected to return in 2015 with the team more than open to bringing him back at a $5 million salary. "Mainly because he actually has outperformed his contract and clearly established himself as the identity of this team," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on NFL Gameday Morning. "Basically, they don't have a choice based on the way he plays to bring him back." Lynch, however, may consider retirement if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, according to Rapoport. Lynch has reportedly told people in private that he may simply just walk away from the game.
Week 21: at New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Marshawn Lynch had less impact than usual during the Divisional Round of the playoffs, managing 14/59/0 rushing and 3/6/0 receiving. Russell Wilson (7/22/0) and Robert Turbin (7/19/0) helped push the Seattle team total to 28/100/0 rushing vs. the Panthers. During the OT Conference Championship victory, Lynch was once again the Lynchpin to the offense on a day when Wilson was, frankly, terrible as a passer - Lynch posted a dominant 25/157/1 rushing (with 1/26/0 receiving) and helped carry the Seahawks into the OT period, scoring a desperately-needed TD at 1:25 left in the fourth quarter (a 24-yard run) to put the Seahawks into their first lead of the game. Wilson posted 7/25/1 rushing and also notched a late-fourth-quarter TD rush (at 2:09 left in the period). All told, the Seahawks compiled 35/194/2 rushing as a team two weeks ago. NEw England finished regular season ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 104.3 rushing yards allowed per game, with a mere six rushing scores given up (tied for second-least in the NFL during 2014). Against the Ravens during the Divisional Round, the Patriots allowed 28/136/0 to Justin Forsett and company - the rush D made a better showing vs. Indianapolis two weeks ago, holding Robert Herron, Zurlon Tipton and Andrew Luck to 19/83/1 rushing during the AFC Conference Championship (a 45-7 win for the Patriots). This is a tough matchup for Lynch and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 19 vs CAR (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Lynch took a backseat to the passing game for a change. On a YPC basis, he had a fine game, just nothing to write home about. As we've seen before, he tends to get stronger as the game goes on, and in this one, surprised the Panther defense with a 25 yard burst, just as they thought they had him in check.
2014 Week 20 vs GB (25 / 157 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Lynch truly was the saving grace for this offense, gutting it out, moving piles for consistent yardage, and typically getting stronger as the game wore on. With nothing else going well, at least the Seahawks knew they could depend on Lynch when the chips were down. And he did not let them down. He came up big on a few runs in the final quarter, and inside the two minute mark, brought the Seahawks back from the dead with a marvelous sideline catch that saw him just barely step out at the 9 yard line; followed by a 24 yard TD run with under a minute to go, that put them ahead for the first time all game.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Marshawn Lynch's agent denies deal (Sat Feb 21, 09:33 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, said Saturday, Feb. 21, that there is no deal finalized, but Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that an offer is in place that will result in a deal. Our View: We'll know in the coming days if La Canfora was on the money or not. Either way, we expect the Seahawks to lock Lynch down with a new contract.
link to story Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch nearing new deal? (Sat Feb 21, 08:49 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has a new deal in place that would pay him $12 million next season and $9 million in 2016, according to a league source. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com believes the deal will be formalized in the coming days. Our View: We'll see if the deal comes to fruition as there are conflicting reports out there.
link to story Seahawks | Seattle offers Marshawn healthy salary (Sat Feb 21, 05:13 PM) - Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was offered a multiyear deal that would pay him between $11-$12 million during the first year and $9 million during the second year. Our View: The Seahawks want to lock Lynch down for the rest of his career. Lynch, who's entering the final season of his contract, could end up receiving a three-year offer, according to multiple league sources.
link to story Seahawks | HC planning on Marshawn Lynch's return (Fri Feb 20, 10:43 PM) - Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he has never considered a future that doesn't include RB Marshawn Lynch. 'We're always preparing for the future with him,' Carroll said Friday, Feb. 20, at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'We've never thought of the future without him. Hopefully, it will work out.' Our View: The Seahawks will be ready for Lynch's return. He'll take his time in deciding whether or not he wants to retire or return to the team. If Lynch does walk away, the Seahawks could grab a talented back in the 2015 NFL draft. Any RB added would compete with Robert Turbin and Christine Michael for the starting job in Lynch's absence.
link to story Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch expected to return? (Fri Feb 20, 07:31 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is expected to return next season because of his close relationships with offensive line coach Tom Cable and running backs coach Sherman Smith, according to NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson. Robinson and Lynch are close friends. Our View: We'll see. It's hard to tell what is going on in Lynch's head, but it does make you feel as though all the retirement talk was more a ploy for more cash than anything else. We'll see how this plays out but even his return won't change the fact that they will need a replacement for him down the road. Could Christine Michael or Robert Turbin be the answer? Or will they start making arrangements by drafting a new face?
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