The big difference for Lynch since he last took the field in Seattle is that he will play with an elite interior offensive line. Left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson form the best such trio west of Dallas.
Murray struggled to take full advantage of that blocking, with only 4.0 yards per carry. Lynch’s track record is much better with that support — when the holes are there, his rushing attitude, toughness and relentlessness keep him from leaving chunk yards on the field.
Lynch is used to getting 300-plus touches from his Seahawks heyday from 2011-14. Even during his injury-shortened 2015 season, he was on pace for 283.
He won’t come close to that ever again at his age, but Lynch, with some relief from Hood, should be fine with hitting an average of 15 touches per game (240 total), not quite matching Murray’s pace but projecting as a reasonable amount after his year off to refresh.
“He’s a quiet leader,” Rivera said Wednesday following training camp practice at Wofford College. “There’s a quiet calm about him. A lot of the young guys can learn from a guy like that. When you watch him, the way he takes care of himself, the way he handles himself. He is a veteran player.”
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