Lynch speaks

Marshawn Lynch broke the silence. Buffalo's running back hadn't spoke since apologizing for his hit-and-run incident this offseason. He didn't touch that issue Friday, but he did talk football. And he's encouraged by the Bills' progress.

The second boycott is over.

Marshawn Lynch finally spoke with reporters Friday. It's the first time he's done so since late June when his hit-and-run case concluded. After more than a month of refusing to answer questions, Lynch finally agreed to pay a fine and publicly apologized for the traffic incident that injured a woman on Buffalo's bar strip.

And then Lynch slipped into anonymity again, not talking through training camp, the preseason and the regular season. Until Friday.

Lynch discussed football – not the hit-and-run – and the Bills' surprising 2-0 start. He wasn't exactly all smiles like his opening day press conference with the team as a rookie. Far from it. But finally, Lynch released the mute button and spoke.

"We can be as good as we play on Sundays, and right now we're playing good," Lynch said. "We just have to continue to keep it up."

Lynch is only averaging 3.6 yards per carry, but he's been the tempo-setter for Buffalo's offense. One year after churning out 1,115 yards as a rookie, Lynch is on pace for another solid season. On both of his two touchdowns this season, Lynch showed his resilient ability to bust through arm tackles. The thinking is that eventually Lynch will break out for a long run as he did against Cincinnati last season.

On Friday, Lynch said he had an intense offseason in the weight room. And now during the season, Lynch swims on Tuesday and Thursday to soothe the pounding.

Also, the growing development on Buffalo's offense is Lynch and backup Fred Jackson on the field at the same time. Against Jacksonville, the Bills utilized Jackson as a receiving weapon. The 6-foot-1 running back caught seven passes for 83 yards.

Lynch said he hoped to be a bigger part of the passing game last year, so it's encouraging to see offensive coordinator Turk Schonert use his backs as receiving options.

"The offense that we have going on now with me and Fred coming out of the backfield, that's something that will be good for us," Lynch said.

Buffalo has started a season 3-0 since 1992 in one of the Bills' four straight Super Bowl seasons. Against Oakland – Lynch's hometown team – the Bills can do just that. Lynch grew up as a big Raiders fan. He said his favorite players were Jeff Hostetler and Napoleon Kaufman.

"It's special," said Lynch, who held a football camp for about 500 children in Oakland this summer. "If [my friends] are true Raiders fans, they should be rooting for the Raiders. But they're going to be rooting for Marshawn, too, so it's all good."

All good. The Bills are winning. Lynch is actually talking. And the Bills offense – a major question mark heading into the season – has scored 54 points against two playoff teams.

"We're feeling comfortable with each other," he said. "We're about putting up points."


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