Ray Rice, Marshal Yanda and other players take off their uniforms and equipment as the minicamp wraps up. (Kenneth K. LAM, Baltimore Sun /June 19, 2014)
Marshawn Lynch doesn’t even rank among the top 25 rushers in the NFL this season, but the Seattle Seahawks running back is coming off a 23-carry, 135-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
Lynch certainly has the attention of the Ravens, who will meet the Seahawks on Sunday.
“Some of them you have a certain label [on]. He’s quick, he’s fast, he’s this, but Marshawn Lynch is a complete football player,” inside linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday. “He has every ability to make any run, any cut. I think the exciting part about him is that he plays with a certain passion. He always plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s just one of those guys. We understand the challenge that we have this week. We also understand the challenge with going out there playing this week. It’s going to be a hard place to win, but we’re ready.”
Lynch, who has rushed for 398 yards and four touchdowns on 97 attempts, may be best remembered for his 67-yard touchdown run in which he ran through eight New Orleans Saints defenders and stiff-armed Tracy Porter 5 yards downfield en route to propelling Seattle to a playoff victory on Jan. 8, 2011.
“That’s kind of my point about defining him as a complete running back,” Lewis said. “He’s just one of those guys who is never going to quit. He’s always going to fight until the end. He’s also one of those running backs who likes to finish on the other side. He doesn’t like you to hit him, he likes to hit you.”
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