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Jack Del Rio praises Marshawn Lynch’s ‘authentic passion’

Marshawn Lynch, after flirting with the idea of ending his retirement for some time, finally signed a deal with his hometown Oakland Raiders last week.

It’s reasonable to assume the possibility that the 31-year-old Lynch can be a productive running back after a one-year layoff that followed a relatively unproductive final season with the Seattle Seahawks in which he only appeared in seven games.

But to hear it from Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, Lynch is still all about the “Beast Mode,” as the running back’s “authentic passion” was praised.

“Authentic passion is what I see,” Del Rio said, via ESPN. “He is a homegrown guy. He’s extremely excited about joining this football team, being part of the Raider Nation and we’re excited to have him.

“You know, there are going to be questions about how much is left in his tank and we’re going to find out. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anybody else be more excited and more pleased to be joining a team. My team. Our team.”

To say Lynch is pumped to join his hometown Raiders squad cannot be overstated. Here is the overexcited Lynch wearing his Raiders helmet while exiting the team’s facilities last week.

Lynch has been participating in team workouts this week and footage surfaced of him taking a handoff from Derek Carr, an obviously welcome sight for Raiders fans.

Del Rio said he believes the running back can produce in the Raiders’ dangerous offense.

“He’s a big man. He plays with a violence that we like and appreciate and I think he looks forward to running behind Gabe (Jackson) and K.O. (Kelechi Osemele) and Rodney (Hudson) and those guys up front.”

In 10 seasons spent between the Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, Lynch amassed 9,112 yards and rushed for 74 touchdowns.

How much he can add to those numbers next season remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: The Raiders sure sound happy to have him.