Seattle Seahawks receiver Braylon Edwards said he gained more respect for Marshawn Lynch after getting an up-close look at the dynamic runner during practice the past two weeks.
Lynch has become the Rodney Dangerfield of running backs in the NFL. Even though he led the league in rushing over the final eight weeks of last year, and finished with a career-high 1,204 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in 2011, he still was a Pro Bowl alternate and late addition because of injuries.
Edwards said he knew that Lynch was one of the better runners in the league. But that status was elevated watching him ply his trade every day in training camp.
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“I’ve played with a lot of guys,” Edwards said. “I’ve played with soon-to-be Hall of Famers. I’ve played with a lot of good running backs, but I haven’t seen too many people – in fact nobody – put it together like Marshawn.
“I didn’t really too much follow him until I got here. And now I’m just watching what he can do as a full package, and he’s special.”
Edwards should know. He played with one of the top runners currently in the game in Frank Gore last year in San Francisco. Edwards also played with future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson while with the New York Jets, and bruising runner Jamal Lewis while in Cleveland.
So is Lynch a top-five back?
“Oh definitely,” Lynch said. “He just hasn’t had that exposure. But now people kind of are looking for him. The playoffs two years ago is what set if off, then last year he followed it up. And now people are looking for him to do it, and I think he’s definitely going to give him a show.”