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Pete Carroll praises Christine Michael

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he hopes Marshawn Lynch returns soon and ends his holdout, but he made it clear Friday that he couldn't be happier with what he's seeing from second-year running back Christine Michael.

"Christine had a great offseason," Carroll said Friday after the first day of training camp. "He just seemed to grow up and become really clear about the expectations of the workload, the job and the responsibilities of the position he's playing.

"Now we'll see how he handles it, getting this great shot. It looks like he's absolutely ready and he's really tuned in. Christine has done everything we asked of him and I'm really proud of the progress he's made."

Maybe that was a subtle message to Lynch to try to get him to end his holdout soon. Carroll said he talks to Lynch "on an ongoing basis."

"We wish Marshawn was with us and we're hoping he will be back," Carroll said. "But this is a tremendous opportunity for these guys (Michael and Robert Turbin) getting their shot, and hopefully, they'll take advantage of it."