Marshawn Lynch had quite the 2012 season, setting career-highs in attempts (315) and rushing yards (1,590). Many people were actually wondering if Lynch would follow through, after he signed a lucrative long-term deal before the season. Obviously, he proved any doubters wrong, on his way to an All-Pro season. So at only 27-years of age, should fans expect a similar season in 2013?
The Seattle Seahawks went out and got another playmaker with Percy Harvin, and at the same time, Russell Wilson figures to improve as a passer. These two factors alone, should make things easier on Lynch. He was arguably the team’s best offensive weapon a year ago, but now you can make a case that Wilson and Harvin each should hold that title. Safe to say, there’s a lot more buzz about the Seahawks’ offense than there was this time last year.
The more they can spread the ball around in Seattle, the better off Lynch will be. He doesn’t necessarily need to run it another 315 times this year, especially with a capable backup in Robert Turbin, and with Harvin expected to get his fair share of carries.
Age is also on Lynch’s side, an he should be able to run at a high level for several more years.
Topping 1,600 rushing yards in a season is a mighty feat, but I think he’s up to the challenge. Maybe an even better question, is whether or not he’ll give Adrian Peterson a run for the rushing title?
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