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Marshawn Lynch shows up for OTAs; TE Willson struggles

A notable absence at the beginning of Seattle’s organized team activities (OTAs) on the field last week, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was in attendance at today’s OTA workout at the VMAC.

Lynch got some work with the team’s first-unit offense during the 1 hour, and 45-minute practice and appeared in shape and explosive. He did not talk with reporters after practice.

“We weren’t too worried about him,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said. “You know he’s a great competitor, a great athlete and a great leader on this team. So, you knew wherever he was, he was working hard, and doing whatever he could for this ball club.

“Until September, we’re not too worried about what No. 24 is doing. No. 24 is a great ball player and a great teammate. So we know he’ll be prepared.”

Safety Kam Chancellor talked about remarks he made earlier this week about the veteran players on the team calling a team meeting to address all of the PED issues.

“We just talked about making the same mistakes over and over,” Chancellor said. “At some point in time, you’ve got to mature yourself and grow up. … We’ve got to protect the team.”

“Just be accountable,” added Sherman, when asked what the message he took from the team meeting. “All guys make their own decisions at the end of the day. They’re all adults – grown men who at the end of the day can do whatever they please. So he’s just saying keep the best interest of the team at heart.

Some tidbits

* The Seahawks announced that tight end Anthony McCoy, who suffered an torn Achilles tendon that required surgery, has been waived/injured, and offensive lineman Jake Bscherer has been added to the roster in his place.

With McCoy out, fifth-round choice Luke Willson had an opportunity to step up and show he can be a reliable target in the passing game. But Willson showed he still has some work to do, with two drops and another couple Russell Wilson interceptions that were intended for the Rice product.

Wilson talked to Willson on the side after the second interception, appearing to talk about the route concept.

* Linebackers K.J. Wright and Kyle Knox both had the interceptions while guarding Willson, making nice breaks on the ball.

* TE Darren Fells had a couple nice catches on underneath routes during 7-on-7 passing drills.

* Cornerback Byron Maxwell reeled in an interception that bounced off the hands of receiver Phillip Bates.

* Cornerback Antoine Winfield provided sticky coverage in nickel situations, and appears a nice fit for Seattle’s defense.

* CB Tharold Simon, OL James Carpenter, TE Cooper Helfet, WR Brett Swain, DE Cliff Avril, DL Greg Scruggs and WR Stephen Williams did not practice today. Defensive end Chris Clemons and offensive guard John Moffitt was not in attendance.

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