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 probable (Fri Jan 30, 06:44 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) fully practiced Friday, Jan. 30, and is probable for the Super Bowl. Our View: Lynch is going to be the centerpiece of the Seahawks offense like he always is. The last time these two teams faced (2012), Lynch only had 15 carries for 41 yards. We're expecting a greater total on Sunday.
link to story Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch practices in full (Thu Jan 29, 09:49 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) went through a full practice session Thursday, Jan. 29. Our View: Lynch will be fine and likely and integral part of any offensive plan for Seattle on Sunday. Ultimately, the real interesting question revolves around what the Seahawks do with him with the end of his contract looming. Can they keep both he and Russell Wilson? And will Wilson be as effective without Lynch? Important questions, but they'll keep until after Sunday.
link to story Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch fully practices (Wed Jan 28, 01:26 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) fully practiced Wednesday, Jan. 29. link to story Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch could be fined (Wed Jan 28, 11:45 AM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch could face a significant fine for wearing an unauthorized “beast mode” hat to media day. Our View: He's going to get fined, and he just doesn't care. 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.
link to story Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch runs better in postseason (Tue Jan 27, 04:12 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch averages more yards per carry and yards after contact (5.00, 2.67) during the postseason than during the regular season (4.41, 2.01). Our View: Lynch is a powerful runner who gets stronger as the game--and the season--goes on. It's not surprising to see his postseason performances given how tough he is to contend with during the regular season.
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