Marshawn Lynch is back in the NFL—and it looks like he never left.
The Oakland Raiders running back took part in his first practice with the team since being acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch previously retired after the 2015 season and was out of the NFL for 2016, but he itched for a comeback.
The Raiders coaxed Lynch out of his semi-retirement with the chance to play in his hometown of Oakland, and they even let him wear Raiders legend Charles Woodson’s number 24 jersey.
Lynch spent part of the offseason working with trainer Jamal Liggin, who specializes in training football players and helping athletes increase their speed and explosiveness. Liggin and Lynch go way back: The two attended high school together in California and Liggin first got his big break into NFL training by working with Lynch when he was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
Now, Liggin is helping Lynch turn into “Beast Mode” again. The running back put that training on display during his first offseason workout with the Raiders, and it appears Lynch hasn’t lost a step:
Phase 2 of the Offseason Workout Program begins and Marshawn hits the field for the first time in the Silver & Black. pic.twitter.com/WethfcyKXa
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) May 1, 2017
Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin, a former teammate of Lynch's during his time with the Seahawks, couldn't help but point out how much fun quarterback Derek Carr was having handing off to Lynch:
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) May 2, 2017
When Lynch first retired, Men’s Fitness put together a list of his 11 best ‘Beast Mode’ moments from his career—including his absolutely amazing, video game-like 67-yard touchdown run against the Saints from the 2011 playoffs.
It’s still early in the offseason, but Lynch looks energized and ready to add a few more moments to that list.
The Raiders open the season on September 10, 2017 on the road against the Tennessee Titans.