Lynch looks strong in Seahawks scrimmage

Lynch looks strong in Seahawks scrimmage

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Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Darell Scott #97 of the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 30-13.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

RENTON, Wash.  -- Marshawn Lynch appears ready for the Seattle Seahawks' season to begin.

Lynch broke a 70-yard run and looked in midseason form during a scrimmage Sunday that saw each quarterback vying for the starting job lead a scoring drive.

Tarvaris Jackson took the snaps with the first-team offense, Matt Flynn with the second team and rookie Russell Wilson with the third team.

The three quarterbacks each led five drives during the 80-play scrimmage and all three ended in scores. Flynn had the only touchdown pass, while Jackson ran in for a score. Wilson led a field goal drive during the closing seconds of the session.

While the team didn't tackle to the ground, they did play until first contact, allowing the running backs more latitude to break arm tackles than during general practice repetitions.

"I thought they all orchestrated things really well, made a few plays, and moved around really well," coach Pete Carroll said.

"It was hard, the pass rush was more than what we wanted today. We didn't catch as well as we would like to. Good solid day, and they are going to the film and see what is going on with it. Then we will take our next step.”

It also allowed the team to ditch specifically scripted practice plans and adjust to play calls on the fly.

"It's a game situation," Jackson said. "Everything is pretty much scripted during practice, everything is already planned out, but during a game it's totally different. We just went over today random situations and tried to see how we handle it.”

The team has a day off Monday before returning to practice Tuesday afternoon. Carroll still hasn't given any firm indication of when he will narrow the three-way quarterback battle, but he hinted that with the Seahawks preseason opener coming up on Saturday, he may be getting closer to a decision.

"I would like to figure this out as soon as possible -- I have thought that the whole time -- but I felt like it is going to take a while," Carroll said. "We will have today and tomorrow to evaluate. Then we will come back on Tuesday and set it in motion. We start the game week on Wednesday. We will let you know how that goes when we get there.”

Lynch was able to take advantage of the looser whistle of the scrimmage to break through arm tackles and bounce off defenders.

"Marshawn ran really well," Carroll said. "This was a big day for him to get some good running in.”

The Seahawks released wide receiver Antonio Bryant and re-signed kicker Carson Wiggs, who had been let go last week. Bryant had been signed on the eve of training camp but had been nursing a sore hamstring. Bryant has been out of the league for two years since being released by Cincinnati in 2010.

Rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane got ejected from practice by Carroll for punching wide receiver Golden Tate after a scuffle in a pile. Tate pulled Lane from the pile and Lane jumped up and connected on a punch that sent him inside early.

"It was a great opportunity to send a message, and so I sent the guy in, like you would get thrown out of the game," Carroll said. ".Those are called teachable moments.”

 

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