Whatever happened to Marshawn Lynch?

You remember him. Goes by Beast Mode. Breaks tackles on just about every carry. Ran for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, after running for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011. Triggered seismic activity near CenturyLink Field with his electrifying 67-yard touchdown run to ice the upset of the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans in the 2010 wild-card playoff game.

Yeah, that Marshawn Lynch.

He’s not only very alive and very well; Lynch also is very rested for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

And that has been by design, after Lynch carried the ball 315 times last season when the Seahawks ran it more than any team in the NFL and then added 36 more carries in two playoff games. That’s why Lynch got just five carries during the preseason – which tied for seventh, and last, on the team behind the rookie tandem of

Christine Michael (40) and Spencer Ware (23), incumbent backup Robert Turbin (24), backup QB Tarvaris Jackson (nine), since-released QB Brady Quinn (seven) and first-year fullback Derrick Coleman (six).

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