Marshawn Lynch ready to be a workhorse

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Marshawn Lynch has done his best to be diplomatic about his role in a crowded Buffalo Bills backfield.

Lynch has publicly supported the concept of a committee approach and regularly praises backfield mates Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

A podcast hosted by AJ Jackson of FAM1LY F1RST Athlete Services provided an unusually long interview with Lynch that allowed him to share deeper insights than Bills reporters have had the chance to hear.

Lynch didn't demand the ball, but it's clear he believes a running back gets better with a bunch of carries.

"For any back that's a premier back, when you get the bulk of the carries I think you get to feel the defense out," Lynch told AJ Jackson. "On one run that you get, you see something you could've took. It's a lot of things that play into it.

"With that feeling, you get in the groove. ... It's just a level of comfort that you get. You get in a groove with your linemen, feel where they're coming from, just get to put it together."

Lynch started Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and had 17 carries, his heaviest workload in 11 games. The former Pro Bowler has rushed more times just once since the 2008 season. Lynch finished with 64 yards. Fred Jackson ran nine times for 39 yards and a touchdown. Spiller had only one attempt.

"I'm going to pay my respects to those two gentlemen that I got on the side of me, Fred and C.J. We don't take it as a starting role," Lynch said. "We look at is as the back that's going to get in there and start it off, get the game going. But for the first time being back in that position and them giving me the chance to get the game going, it actually felt pretty good, though."

Bills coach Chan Gailey reiterated his plan to use all three backs and said Sunday's starter against the New England Patriots would depend on the package they use first. Gailey also said he wanted to get the ball in Spiller's hands more frequently.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick called Lynch "pound for pound one of the strongest players in the league with good balance."

"Lynch really can play on all downs and all situations," Belichick said at his Wednesday news conference. "I don't really see anything he can't do and do well -- run inside, run outside, runs around and through tacklers, catches the ball well.

"Lynch is a powerful guy. You see him breaking tackles by defensive linemen, running through them, not just [defensive backs]. He runs through a lot of tackles on everybody. Pound for pound he's got to be one of the strongest players in the league with good balance."

On the podcast with AJ Jackson, Lynch explained his running philosophy of "dropping hat," as in lowering his helmet to deliver punishment.

"I feel that if you hit me, I'm going to come back and hit you harder," Lynch said. "I'm pretty sure this is a man's game. If a man hits you, you're going to try to come back and hit him.

"The feeling out there when you bang somebody, that's the competitiveness of the game. So I'm going to drop hat. That's just in my nature."

There was an inordinate amount of callers from Wisconsin throughout the podcast. They asked Lynch different versions of the same question emanating from the trade rumor mill: Is he going to play for the Packers?

One caller asked how he would like to be reunited with former Cal teammate Aaron Rodgers.

"I felt it was an honor to play with Aaron in college," Lynch said. "If that was something that would happen, I would feel it would be a blessing. Any time you put in work with someone and then get to hit the big stage with them would be unbelievable. That will be cool.

"But I'm going to keep it real with you. As of right now I'm thinking [Ryan Fitzpatrick] and Trent [Edwards]. ... Right now, I need to focus on the task at hand, and that's trying to turn something around in Buffalo."