The Seahawks will hold their mini-camp Tuesday-Thursday, and as I wrote in this story for the Tuesday paper, at the moment there is one key question — will Marshawn Lynch show up?
While there have been lots of rumors of a possible holdout — and the initial Yahoo.com report that the team expects him not to be there — uncertainty still seems the most operative word to describe the situation. Word today was that Lynch had yet to tell the team anything. He also hasn’t spoken publicly, nor has anyone near him who has said for sure what he plans to do.
At the moment, nothing he does — showing up, not showing up — will be a real surprise. Even retiring, which has been rumored and speculated about, even by former Seahawks teammate Jordan Babineaux.
While the Lynch story figures to dominate the conversation, that’s far from the only intrigue about Seattle’s mini-camp.
As I wrote in the story, it’ll be interesting to begin gauging how Kevin Williams fits into things.
And then there’s continuing to monitor the progress of younger players, always a focus of these kinds of workouts this time of year.
I mentioned Korey Toomer, Tharold Simon and Paul Richardson in the story, but they are far from the only young players worth keeping an eye on.
Here are a few more:
— RT Justin Britt: So far so good for one of Seattle’s two second-round picks, though the real tests will come in training camp when the pads go on (mini-camps are no-contact with only helmets). But given the constraints of the workouts, Britt has impressed with his footwork and ability to pick up the offense.
— DT Cassius Marsh: Marsh was unable to participate in OTAs since UCLA is a quarter school and still in session. So these will be his first workouts going against veteran players. Same with UDFA DT Andru Pulu, who did enough in the rookie mini-camp to validate the idea that he could hang around a while.
— WR Chris Matthews: The CFL import was limited during OTAs due to injury, and also was out of rookie mini-camp with injuries, as well. At 6-5, he looks the part, and it was said that he had some good OTAs when the media wasn’t present. The receiving competition is as fierce as any, but so far, it’s hard for us to tell where Matthews fits into it.
— QB Terrelle Pryor: OC Darrell Bevell said last week that Pryor had made some big strides during OTAs as he battles with Tarvaris Jackson for the backup QB job. We’ll see if those continue during mini-camp with the QB spot thinned by the decision today to release Keith Price, leaving four on the roster.
— DB Terrance Parks: Parks got a lot of time at free safety during OTAs and appears to be making a run at what is a pretty wide-open backup job.