Watch out for Seahawks running back Chris Carson
Certainly the biggest story this offseason in the backfield for the Seahawks was the addition of former Packer Eddie Lacey. But the seventh round drafting of former Oklahoma State University running back Chris Carson was a move most in the league associated with depth and the future, but the reality is Carson has the ability to be the biggest hit in the Seattle backfield now.
At 225 pounds and a known workout warrior with improved strength and explosiveness, Carson has the physicality to the take the pounding of the NFL game. And it has is pounding and bouncing off defenders at the end and middle part of this past season in college that caught scouts eyes and assured him getting drafted after missing six games. The task of making the Seahawks won’t be easy— as Carson comes in a running back competition labeled wide open, but it’s certainly not wide open in the terms of knowing the playbook and the important familiarity of knowing the pro game.
For now, the playbook part goes to Thomas Rawls who’s returning to the team for his third. And the experience and pedigree edge is for Lacey who is a former multiple time 1,000 yard rusher since coming out of Alabama.
Second- year man Alex Collins was decent last year, but is at a spot on the depth chart and still learning to be a pro so it’s very uncertain where Collins stands in the mind of Pete Carroll and the organization. One thing is certain: Pete is not afraid to cut someone and there’s more than a possibility Collins could end up released and looking on the outside of the running back crunch one the season starts.
The uncertainty of Rawls maintaining his health in addition to Lacey’s own health and well-documented weight problems leave more wiggle room for a late round rookie like Carson to not only make the team but move his way to the very top of the depth chart. And Carson doing so means for now not only supplanting Collins and getting a chance to jump ahead of Lacey and Rawls: the current Seattle roster of all running backs includes Lacey, Rawls, Carson, Collins, Mike Davis, and Trey Madden
Other talented backs who were simply seen as a long short for the opening day roster and ultimately better fits outside of Coach Carroll and rain city were let ago earlier this preseason and have made the depth chart a step or three less deep even though it’s still a deep one.
Although depth and proving staying healthy full-time will be something Carson will have to allude to ensure him a legitimate role next season, there’s no dodging his ability. It never has and never will be an obstacle.
His ability on a cutback runs, something common on zone scheme plays, which Seattle runs are what make is skill now and potential for Seattle glaring brightly. That, with his power that becomes even more dangerously effective in space are what contributed to Carson running for 600 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing more than six games. He was the leading rusher at OSU in 2015.
It will be interesting to see what he does in 2017. As a good fit in Seattle when it comes to both scheme and the Carroll culture, it almost certain he will be doing something. And because of that he would also be someone who could make the average viewer happy and he certainly has the ability to do that in Fantasy leagues too. So far in the preseason, Carson has outperformed Eddie Lacy while accumulating 2 touchdown in his first game against the chargers while showing that unique power in the red zone and at the goal line and in his second game of the preseason he finished with 6 carries for 27 yards, had a 17-yard reception in which he hurdled a defender and caused a fumble on kickoff coverage.
All the things just mentioned further indicate Carson is a complete back. It will take a complete back for Seattle to be back on top and the player who already has locked up special teams role, will be a player who I believe will lock down the starting role around week 4. And for Carson’s sake, it could be earlier.
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