After missing OTAs and skipping the first week of training camp, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is far behind his teammates in terms of football conditioning, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Lynch rarely participated in the Seahawks offseason and preseason activities, and yet, Carroll and the rest of the coaching staff believe that Lynch is a different and exceptional player.
“We’re gonna take our time, make sure that we do that right,” Carroll said. “We’ve always been very patient with him, making sure that his body’s in great shape. We’re just gonna bring him along.”
Moreover, coach Carroll also stated:
“He missed a lot of offseason with us. He did work very hard, he had a really diligent routine that he went through, regimen that he went through. But it’s still football shape he’s gotta get in.”
Furthermore, Carroll also told reporters on Monday:
“Our guys are in shape year-round, they’re in condition, we have to get them in football shape, and that takes some time. These other guys are a long ways ahead of him in terms of working with us all through all the OTAs and mini-camps and all that. So we’ll be patient with it.”
Lynch’s absences this summer don’t seem too concerning to the Seahawks. In previous years, Lynch didn’t participate in any major preseason activities, and still managed to come out in Beast Mode.
He is the type of a player that gets familiar and along quickly with the offensive schemes. However, in the meantime, getting him in shape is all that matters to get him ready for the regular season opener on Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers that will take place at CenturyLink Field.
With all the following additional financial concessions into Lynch contract, he better meet the team expectations at the season opener.