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Jack Del Rio: Marshawn Lynch ‘soaking up the system’ at Raiders OTAs

Marshawn Lynch wasn’t an active participant during the Oakland Raiders’ OTA session Tuesday. But the running back is nevertheless “soaking up the system” despite only participating in the stretching portion of practice, says Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.

Lynch was clearly enjoying himself while cheerfully interacting with teammates, including Sebastian Janikowski, Donald Penn and Bruce Irvin.

Del Rio indicated that there is no concern whatsoever that Lynch isn’t a full participant in OTAs as the 31-year-old veteran familiarizes himself with his teammates and a new offense.

“Yeah, he’s doing great, he’s doing great,” Del Rio said, via ESPN. “He’ll continue to do the things that we’re asking him to do. He’s really soaking up the system. He’s doing a great job fitting in.

“… Yeah, he’s coming along, he’s doing great. We have no issues there. He’s been here like he said he’d be here. Really committed.”

Lynch has been known throughout his career to not take offseason programs such as OTAs very seriously. But Del Rio was quick to point out Lynch was not only present but completely engaged.

“He said, ‘Coach, this is home for me, so it’s not like I’m going home and I won’t be here,’” Del Rio said with a laugh.

“He’s committed to being here. He’s excited to be a Raider. We’re excited to have him.”

Del Rio previously praised Lynch’s “authentic passion” shortly after the running back came out of retirement to sign a one-year deal with his hometown team. While Lynch has not officially addressed the media since signing a one-year deal with the team, it’s clear without even hearing him talk about that he’s thrilled with the situation.

While it’s uncertain what kind of impact Lynch can have on a potent Raiders offense after a one year layoff and a lot of mileage in a nine-year NFL career, his infectious presence surely will help raise team morale in the short-term. What happens during the regular season remains to be seen.