Bills running back Marshawn Lynch has never said that he wants out of Buffalo. But he really didn’t need to.
His decision not to show up for most of the offseason program, at a time when he’s pegged for third position on the depth chart, speaks volumes regarding his commitment to the team. And if his actions left any doubt, his comments about one of the Bills’ division rivals could help turn a smoldering bridge into a full-blown conflagration.
After a Thursday minicamp practice, Lynch gushed not about his own team, but about the New York Jets.
“I’m probably not supposed to say that, but I’m excited to see what the Jets are going to do,” Lynch told Tim Graham of ESPN.com. “I’m real excited.”
But while the Jets don’t need Lynch in their stacked backfield (for now at least), Lynch plans to run the entire team. When the new Madden game comes out.
“Now that’s a team that I’m going to pick and play with on Madden,” Lynch said. “That’s real talk.”
Eventually, Lynch made a perfunctory reference to his own team. “It’s going to be a great thing to see on paper, fantasy, live, in practice, in video games,” Lynch said. “However you can see us get down to action and regardless of who the No. 1 is, even if I’m No. 5, it’s going to be beautiful to watch us play.”
“Beautiful” isn’t the word that comes to mind for most folks when discussing the Bills, but Lynch had to say something positive after gushing about the Jets.