Seattle coach Pete Carroll fielded questions about Fred Jackson visiting the Seahawks facility earlier today. Jackson would serve as a backup running back for Marshawn Lynch if signed. After the team’s practice session, Carroll revealed through Seahawks.com that Robert Turbin suffered a high ankle sprain.
Last season, Lynch rushed 280 times for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Seahawks reached their second consecutive Super Bowl. He also had his most productive season, catching out of the backfield, since 2008. Marshawn snagged 37 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Adding Jackson would be a nice break for Marshawn. His pounding, downhill style of running earned Lynch the nickname Beast Mode.
With Lynch signing a two-year extension worth a reported $31 million, Jackson would be the relief needed to save wear and tear on the starting back. Even at 34, Jackson still has some moves left in the tank. Marshawn could take a breather and the Seahawks running attack wouldn’t miss a beat.
Marshawn and Jackson shared playing time together in Buffalo. Pete Carroll declined to acknowledge that the Seahawks were interested in Jackson because of his close friendship with Lynch. In a statement to ESPN, Carroll emphasized it was just a visit.
“We need to see where he is right now at 34 years old and see what he looks like. He’s got a big physical coming up today, and we’ll talk to him later. For those of you that have already made the decision on what’s going on, we have not made that decision at all at this point. But we love that he’s here, and we’re trying to just get our ducks in a row for what may be necessary later on.”
If you don’t remember, Marshawn Lynch was fined $75,000 by the NFL for refusing to talk to the media during Super Bowl 49 (XLIX). Lynch avoided the fine by agreeing to talk with the media from here on out, according to NFL Network.
Marshawn has begun trying to mend his ways with the media and NFL. He popped up on Evine Live, a shopping show, to hawk Skittles, a candy he claims to adore. The take was funny and actually showed a laid-back, lighthearted side of Lynch.
Seahawks fans don’t need to worry about Marshawn’s focus. Skittles are fun. But Beast Mode will be in effect during the regular season.
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