As the Seattle Seahawks prepare to defend their crown as the world's best football team, they are getting ready to do so without one of their star players. Marshawn Lynch announced that he would hold out from training camp if he didn't get a new contract (via Terry Blount, ESPN.com), and he's missed each day so far.
While this clearly presents a bump in the road, Seattle is still in great shape to succeed in 2014. It's very likely that the two parties come to a compromise before the season begins, but even if they don't, there are talented runners waiting in the wings, ready to take over for Lynch.
Robert Turbin and Christine Michael are both talented runners and are making the most of their opportunities in camp now that Lynch is temporarily out of the picture.
Another player taking advantage of training camp is rookie defender Cassius Marsh. He's a scary-athletic lineman who's been quite impressive for a fourth-round pick. He does have a talented set of starters ahead of him but should find a nice niche as a rotational player.
Overall, it's been a solid training camp so far. There's still a lot of time between now and when the season starts, but everything's looking pretty good when it comes to the 'Hawks.