The Seattle Seahawks are going with a running back by committee approach ... at training camp. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell initially surprised Seattle fans by suggesting the team would go with a committee approach next season, but later clarified that he was referring to organized team activities, as reported by John Boyle of the Everett Herald. Marshawn Lynch is not attending OTAs, leaving the reps to Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.
Also of note from Seahawks OTAs: Pete Carroll said Turbin had offseason surgery to "clean up his knee," according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. The report also says that Turbin "looks a little faster now," which essentially means he's full speed and ready to go. Turbin and Michael will likely be competing for the backup job behind Lynch when the regular season comes around.
Here's what else is going on at OTAs around the NFL:
McFadden handling kick returns
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden was fielding kicks at organized team activities on Monday. That, coupled with the fact that Maurice Jones-Drew, a free-agent signee this offseason, was returning punts at practice, shows that the Raiders are open to experimenting with their roster.
That's what head coach Dennis Allen said, confirming that "anything is an option." It's significant because McFadden has been in the league since 2008 and hasn't ever been a returner, while Jones-Drew has been in the league since 2006 and hasn't been a regular presence in the return game since 2009. They're both feature running backs, and they've both struggled with injuries in recent years.
The Raiders are hoping that, between the two of them, they'll field a strong running game next season.
Miller taking lion's share of first-team reps
Knowshon Moreno was the top running back to hit market this offseason after putting up 1,038 yards rushing and 548 yards receiving with the Denver Broncos in 2013. But it's third-year back Lamar Miller who is leading the way on the depth chart for the Miami Dolphins. Moreno sat on the market for an awful long time before the Dolphins brought him in, and as far as the early goings of OTAs are concerned, Miller has looked more impressive, according to ESPN.
Miller came into his own in his second year, but he still fell somewhat short of expectations. Playing in all 16 games, he rushed for 709 yards with a 4.0 yards per carry average, but only managed two touchdowns. Daniel Thomas is also in the mix, as he totaled 406 yards and four touchdowns last season. Still, Moreno entered training camp as the favorite and the smart money remains on him eventually taking the reins.
Wallace catching TDs out of backfield
Figuring out the situation with Moreno, Miller and Thomas isn't the only thing the Dolphins have going on with the backfield. Wide receiver Mike Wallace has been lining up there at OTAs, according to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network. Wallace is excited about Miami's new offense and it's because the Dolphins are now using him at so many different places, including the backfield.
Wallace struggled big time in his first season with the Dolphins. Of course, struggling "big time" still amounted to 930 yards receiving and five touchdowns. But last year was a big letdown given his monster contract and hype coming to the team. He expressed frustration with the offense and his place in it multiple times in 2013, but he seems to like the new direction under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the former quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Britt looking good for St. Louis
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt came to the team with little fanfare, thanks to multiple injuries and off-the-field issues during his time with the Tennessee Titans. Britt has been solid for the Rams thus far, according to those around the team. Head coach Jeff Fisher said that Britt has "had no setbacks" and that he "feels great physically," according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Britt caught two touchdown passes and generally impressed in the first week of OTAs. The Rams have been looking for help at the receiver position for some time now, with multiple high draft picks on the roster. Britt stands a chance to be a starter with them in 2014, but he'll have to do better than his stats from the past couple seasons. Britt caught just 11 passes for 96 yards last season despite playing in 12 games, and had only 589 yards in 14 games back in 2012. His best year was 2010, in which he recorded 775 yards and nine touchdowns. He didn't find the end zone last season.