Time for our regular Three Impressions from practice. Though today, the impressions come only from Bob Condotta with Jayson Jenks taking the day off.
1, As noted in the earlier quick notes from practice, this was by far the best day for Marshawn Lynch. And maybe that’s to be expected now that he is entering his second full week of work after his early holdout. Lynch caught passes out of the backfield, ran through the middle with gusto (the last play of practice was a Lynch run up the middle for a TD), and generally looking like Marshawn Lynch. And afterward, you heard Pete Carroll heap a lot of praise on Lynch, who last Wednesday he had said would “need a lot of work to get back.” Today, Carroll said of Lynch that: “He’s getting a lot closer. He had a very good practice today. We’re just trying to do it properly. I really liked the way he got after it today. He got stuff in all phases of the practice. Caught some balls well, blocked well, ran the ball real nice, so a really good first day. This is really, I think, the first week he has a chance to really compete and he brought a great attitude today.” Carroll also said of Lynch that “he’s in really good shape” and hinted that he might have a chance to play Friday against the Chargers, though reiterating that he won’t play much in the preseason regardless of when he does return. Lynch was the No. 1 TB during the team drills with Robert Turbin second and Christine Michael third.
2, If Carroll’s comments are any indication, there doesn’t seem to be much of a battle for the No. 3 tight end spot behind Zach Miller and Luke Willson. Asked an open-ended question about the No. 3 tight end position today, Carroll mentioned only Cooper Helfet (the others competing there are undrafted free agent rookies Morrell Presley and RaShaun Allen) saying “Cooper [Helfet] has just done a fantastic job. He did it again today, he’s a great catcher. He’s an excellent, excellent catcher. He can catch the ball as well as anybody on the team. His blocking is improving. He played well on teams also. He’s making a really strong bid. I’m really fired up for him. He’s been here a long time with us, kind of in the background, he’s the strongest, fastest, smartest he’s been and it shows up.”
3, As also noted earlier, Stephen Schilling spent the day working with the first unit at center with Max Unger out, and with usual backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre working at left guard with the twos. The move seems to speak to the team’s desire to give Schilling every chance to make the roster, as Carroll said afterward that Schilling “played pretty well” at right guard against the Broncos and that his ability to play multiple spots is “real valuable” to a player trying to make the roster. The rest of the offensive line was pretty much as expected, with James Carpenter back at left guard, which moved Caylin Hauptmann, who started against Denver with Carpenter out, back with the second unit. Justin Britt again worked with the starting unit at right tackle ahead of Eric Winston, who worked with the twos. The other members of the No. 1 line were Alvin Bailey at LT with Russell Okung limited and J.R. Sweezy at right guard.