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The Marshawn Lynch Saga

The first couple seasons of Lynch’s career were promising.  Buffalo needed a bright spot and they got it in the form of a talented young running back.  He quickly won the hearts of Buffalo with the in your face “beast mode” style of running and just as quickly racked up the yards leading him to a pro bowl berth in 2008 (even though it was as an injury replacement).

Shortly after that his life was a downward spiral.  First it was a hit and run that resulted in only a small fine and a revoked license.  However, 3 days after his 2009 Probowl appearance, he was found in a car smelling of marijuana and containing a loaded handgun which turned out to be Lynch’s.  Besides the criminal charges he was forced to sit out the first 3 games of the 2009-2010 season.

Those three games resulted in the loss of even more field time as Fred Jackson proved he deserved a shot as the Bill’s number one runner.  Time was split between the two with Jackson ending up with the majority of it.  When it was all over Jackson ended up earning his first ever 1000 yard season where as Jackson only netted 450 yards on 120 carries.

Now, as the 2010 season approaches, there is yet another running back that Lynch will have to fight for playing time with…CJ Spiller.  A standout in his college days at Clemson who, if he has the skills required for the NFL, could also cut into Lynch’s carries.

It’s no secret that Buffalo was trying to deal Lynch this off-season.  What they were after is a little less clear but it appears as if they could not get what they thought Lynch was worth.  With 3 quality running backs and a less than stellar QB field Buffalo may have one quality ground game if the rest of the offense (mainly the criticized offensive line) can support the 3 stars.

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