Coach Jay Gruden has said he believes that the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jones has the potential to develop into a punishing, Marshawn Lynch type of runner. However, Jones still is feeling his way along in the NFL game, and that has diminished his impact.
During full-contact practices during training camp, Jones hasn’t generated the yards after contact that coaches know he is capable of producing. At times, he has gotten stopped in the backfield, and other times after minimal gains.
It’s not a strength issue, however. It’s mental.
“Both [running backs coach] Randy [Jordan] and [general manager] Scot [McCloughan] and myself, he’s been challenged a little bit to finish some runs,” Gruden said. “A lot of the times in these practices you’re not sure how to finish runs, but we want him to finish violently. … I just think probably the tempo. [He’s] young. That’s probably how they did it in college and he’s thinking that he gets five, six yards and he’s done for the day, but we want him to finish the runs.”
Jones admitted he has observed a difference in the physicality of the NFL game compared to the college game. Towards the end of last week, Jones began showing signs that he is catching on. He lowered his shoulder to fight his way through tackles, and looked more sure of himself. On Thursday, Jones took a handoff on a sweep to the left, turned the corner and ran to daylight. Around 15 yards downfield, he steamrolled Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson with a violent hit. Jones looks like he could take over third down duties now that Roy Helu is gone with Alfred Morris remaining the feature back.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 9:31am
Per Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Seahawks may begin to groom Gary Gilliam at left tackle as the season progresses, given that Russell Okung is in the last year of his contract. Also, rookie Mark Glowinski eventually could push J.R. Sweezy at right guard.
Regardless of who plays in 2015, they’ll need to play better than they have.
The story pointed out some who could be directly affected by poor line play if it continues, mentioning quarterback Russell Wilson has faced consistent pressure in passing situations, which could make it difficult for the Seahawks to take full advantage of tight end Jimmy Graham. And it could make running back Marshawn Lynch more likely to call it quits following a season of getting banged around by defenders that the offensive line fails to keep away from him.
He stayed on the field on third downs as a pass protector and receiving outlet for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He was solid in blitz pickup, and he boosted his pass-catching numbers considerably, from 257 yards and no touchdowns in 2013 to 427 yards and four scores last year.
All the while, he improved his per-carry rushing average a full half yard, from 4.1 to 4.6, without missing a single game and never touching the ball fewer than a dozen times per contest.
It’s a heavy workload that isn’t likely to diminish in the upcoming season, but the third-year running back is fine with his extensive every-down responsibilities.
“I don’t feel I have too much on my plate,” Lacy said last week as the offseason program wrapped up. “I really think it’s the perfect amount. You can see the chemistry between me and the offensive line, and me and the quarterback. We’re just all on the same page and we’re rolling.”
Lacy will certainly be a major factor again this season, and the coaching staff has emphasized it wants to get clicking from the get-go this year, the story said. That's something Lacy didn't do last season, thanks in part to a tough, early schedule. But we preached to stay patient with Lacy as his schedule eased. It paid off as he finished in the top-eight in both PPR and standard formats. This year Lacy is ranked third among our running backs heading into drafts, but with an ADP of 1.3, he's actually going before Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch, who we have ahead of him here in late June.
Seattle running back Robert Turbin had surgery recently on his hip, the team has confirmed. FoxSports.com first reported the news.
But the expectation is that Turbin will be ready for the 2015 season, and likely ready for the beginning of training camp in late July.
Jay Glazer reported that the deal sends Seattle's first round pick and C Max Unger to the Saints. The Seahawks have been looking to upgrade at tight end for a while now, and they finally got their guy. Graham's value takes a minor hit as he heads to the run-oriented Seahawks, though he'll continue to be a target hog given the current state of the Seattle receiving corps. The move is a big upgrade for Russell Wilson, who was the #3 QB in 2014 despite a serious lack of playmakers in the passing game. Conversely, it's a major downgrade for Drew Brees, who loses his top target in the passing game. Unger's arrival is good news for the recently re-signed Mark Ingram, while the Seahawks will have to find a way to replace one of the best centers in the game. The loss of Unger will have a negative impact on Marshawn Lynch. Also, TE Josh Hill could step into a big role for the Saints.
Lynch has finished in the top 6 in four straight seasons in both standard and PPR formats. With 2,272 career touches and a punishing running style, injuries are a concern. But even with all the back issues he has had, he hasn't missed a game in the last three seasons. With a new deal in place, his ADP should climb into the back half of the 1st round.
If they can bring back Justin Forsett, the Ravens are expected to pair him with a young running back. They met with Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin), David Johnson (Northern Iowa) and Duke Johnson (Miami) at the NFL scouting combine.
"He doesn’t have the wear and tear, and Justin did a very good job of coming in, competing and then being our bell cow," GM Ozzie Newsome said. "We would like to retain Justin, but I’ve learned something since the end of the season about Justin that I didn’t really know. He has mentored some very good, young backs, starting with Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew when he was in Jacksonville.
"Having Justin here, and with the opportunity also bringing in hopefully another young running back, to have Justin be around that guy would be an asset also. So, we will work to try to retain Justin.”
Under OC Marc Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. Depending on his asking price, re-signing the 29-year-old Forsett isn't a no-brainer for the Ravens, though he's not likely to garner a huge contract in free agency. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he stays in Baltimore. If the Ravens draft a running back early, it would certainly damper Forsett's outlook in 2015.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access that Lynch's back issues are chronic and will be a major factor in his decision-making this offseason, according to people close to the star running back. Lynch has compressed cartilage in his back, a condition that will not heal and can get worse as a result of Lynch's punishing running style.
It seems quite possible that Lynch hangs 'em up this offseason, but we may not know for sure until we get deeper into the summer. The Seahawks have Robert Turbin and Christine Michael under contract in 2015. Michael (career 4.9 YPC) has been considered the heir apparent, but he's been consistently running behind Turbin (4.0 YPC), who's physical style more closely resembles Lynch. The team may be active at the position in free agency and/or the draft, and their actions will give us a better indication of how they feel about Lynch's availability heading into the 2015 season.
Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 20. Lynch is good to go for Sunday
Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. This season, Lynch has averaged 14 more yards and 0.54 more touchdowns at home than he has on the road. However, Carolina has posted the top RB aFPA over the last 10 weeks.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back, probable) missed practice again Thursday and is probable for Week 17. Lynch should play his usual amount of snaps since the team needs a win to secure a first round bye.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday. Lynch typically gets rest on Wednesdays.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back, probable) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice and is probable for Week 15. No worries here. Lynch has averaged 132 total yards and 2.0 TD in his last three regular season home games against the 49ers. He also racked up 109 rushing yards and a TD against the 49ers in last year’s playoffs.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday. Lynch should be fine to face San Francisco. He has racked up 43 carries for 190 yards in the last two games.
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