Carroll: Christine Michael has 'explosive talent'

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With Marshawn Lynch skipping the first day of practice, Christine Michael got the first-team reps at running back and made the most of it. Michael had several impressive carries in the 11-on-11 scrimmage. There was no tackling, but he obviously would have broken into the secondary a couple of times and showed quite a burst at the line of scrimmage.

"We have very high expectations for him," Carroll said of Michael. "He's going to get a ton of work. He's just a million miles ahead of where he was in terms of understanding what we want scheme-wise, pass protection wise, route wise, and we know he's a natural runner. He's got explosive talent and we just want to get him to fit in."

Fantasy Impact: 

Michael is the heir apparent to Marshawn Lynch, who is under contract for two more seasons. We're not expecting a timeshare after recent comments from RB coach Sherman Smith ("To me, there's a drop off. You take Marshawn out of the game, there's a drop off to the next guy. So why would we do that?").

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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