Running backs Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Leon Washington have squirted through big holes for impressive gains several times during training camp. A big reason for the better line play is talent. Seattle now has three first round picks in Russell Okung, Robert Gallery and James Carpenter, a second round pick (Max Unger) and a third round pick (John Moffitt) in the starting five. And they are bigger up front, averaging 6-5, 316 pounds across the line.
“They’re huge,” Forsett said. “And that helps us out a lot for us to be able to hide behind those big linemen, and being able to shoot out into those creases. It’s going to be good for us.
“I’m happily surprised that we’re able to get this thing started early. And I think that’s a credit to Coach Cable coming in with his coaching, and getting his guys up front right, and Coach Sherm (running backs coach Sherman Smith) working on us in getting our steps right. We’ve meshed early.”