It would be a little weird for the Seahawks to dump LenDale White for character issues (failed drug test, iffy work ethic) only to sign Marshawn Lynch weeks later. But according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, they are “very interested” in doing exactly that.
Lynch is unhappy in Buffalo (he doesn’t like the town or organization) and the Bills aren’t thrilled with him either. Lynch’s off-field problems are a factor, but what many outsiders don’t realize is he’s not a valuable commodity on the field. Lynch struggles reading his blocks and defensive fronts, and he often shows a concerning lack of patience with the ball in his hand. He’s athletic and tough, but not drastically more than most running backs. Last season Fred Jackson was far and away Buffalo’s best runner.
Still, it may seem worthwhile for Seattle to give Lynch a shot, assuming they don’t surrender anything more than a fourth-round pick. After all, Lynch was a first-round pick only four years ago. Plus, Pete Carroll and his new regime don’t seem too high on Julius Jones. The seventh-year veteran has failed to rush for 700 yards in each of his first two seasons in Seattle.
That said, Jones’s style of play is a good fit in Seattle’s new zone-blocking scheme. Though not a quick direction-changer, Jones is a finesse-runner who can eat up ground when given initial space between the tackles. He’d be more likely to succeed with the scheme’s one-cut-and-go responsibilities than would Lynch. Either way, expect diminutive Justin Forsett to wind up being Seattle’s most dangerous running back in 2010.
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