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Seattle Seahawks: News and notes from first weekend of training camp

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The offseason officially ended Friday as the Seattle Seahawks opened training camp in front of a sold-out crowd at the VMAC in Renton.

Seattle completed three full practices, including one in full pads before getting the day off on Monday. With just 10 days remaining until the Seahawks’ preseason opener, there is still plenty to sort out over the remaining nine camp sessions.

Once again, Marshawn Lynch dominated the headlines, but the weekend brought plenty of other developments.

Marshawn Lynch holds out

As many expected, Lynch did not appear for the start of training camp and has chosen to hold out in an attempt for a bigger deal in what could be his last year in Seattle. Lynch has been fined $30,000 each day of camp for his absence and could potentially lose some money off of his signing bonus.

Lynch is set to make $5.5 million this year but wants a raise, presumably to become one of the top three highest-paid running backs. The Seahawks are unlikely to give Lynch a new contract, but instead are trying to restructure his current one.

The 28-year-old carries a cap hit of $9 million in 2015 and could very well be let go by the Seahawks next season. Seattle recently signed a few players to pricey extensions and will need to have enough cap room to get deals done with Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner next year.

In case the Seahawks need to enact their successor plan sooner than anticipated, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin have both looked good at training camp. Michael continues to wow with his open field running ability and Turbin looks healthier than he did at any point in 2013.

Percy Harvin looks healthy

The Seahawks will be facing questions about Harvin’s health until he proves he can stay on the field for an extended period of time. So far in camp, Harvin looks to be at full strength.

After sitting out on Saturday, Harvin fully participated in the padded practice. Pete Carroll made it clear he was still trying to gauge what Harvin’s practice workload would be, but he went all out on Sunday.

Harvin made several highlight-reel catches on Sunday and participated in deep ball drills with Seattle’s quarterbacks. He will be counted on to help replace the production of Golden Tate while giving the Seahawks a true home run threat on every play.  

Offensive Line update

Seattle’s offensive line is the biggest question mark heading into the season and will be under the most scrutiny as a group in camp as a result.

Michael Bowie injured his shoulder on Friday and missed the last two sessions, giving Justin Britt an opportunity to take reps with the first team at right tackle and perhaps give him a leg up on the depth chart heading into preseason. Britt still has some work in pass protection to do to be a starting-caliber tackle, but the opportunity is currently there.

In addition, James Carpenter looks to have slimmed down considerably and has impressed Carroll so far. If Carpenter can finally break out and stay healthy, the Seahawks will shore up one of their biggest question marks at guard.

Cassius Marsh continues to impress

The Seahawks were excited about Marsh coming out of the draft because of his versatility on the defensive line. Marsh has exceled in camp and looks sure to get some snaps in the regular season.

Marsh has lined up at both defensive end and defensive tackle during camp. His speed and motor have made him look better on the edge, but he could still put on some weight and move to the interior when necessary.

Seattle hoped Marsh could develop into a Michael Bennett-type pass rusher. So far, he is on the right track.  

Benson Mayowa, Greg Scruggs emerging

With fierce roster battles taking place on the defensive line, two strong candidates have emerged.

Scruggs put on nearly 25 pounds during the offseason and now has an outstanding blend of size and athleticism. It’s still early, but Scruggs looks like he could provide major contributions at either the 3-tech or 5-tech position.

Mayowa is in a battle with Jackson Jeffcoat for snaps at the LEO position and appears to have the upper hand so far, thanks in part to a size advantage. Both can make the roster, but Mayowa is on his way to being either the primary backup to Cliff Avril or possible starter if Avril moves to the strongside. 

Photo Credit: Associated Press

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Nathaniel Reeves

Nathaniel Reeves is a journalism student at the University of Washington, currently covering sports for The UW Daily in addition to Sports Out West. He has been closely following Seattle sports his entire life.