The reasoning behind the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to bring in former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson for a visit seemingly became clearer on Tuesday after head coach Pete Carroll revealed Robert Turbin suffered a serious ankle injury in the Hawks’ preseason matchup at San Diego on Saturday.
Speaking with reporters after Seattle’s practice in anticipation of their preseason finale Thursday, Carroll hinted that Turbin’s injury may keep him out of action for a while.
“Robert’s got a sprained ankle,” Carroll said. “It’s a significant ankle sprain. We have to see what that means. He feels pretty good about it, but it definitely showed up on the MRI and all that.”
Carroll said that Turbin got “whacked” and “rolled up on,” and that there was timetable for Turbin’s return. Carroll also said that the injury wasn’t the only reason they decided to bring in Jackson for a visit after he was released by the Bills on Monday. But now it at least makes a lot more sense.
The Seahawks currently have Robert Turbin and Christine Michael backing up Marshawn Lynch, but neither guy has taken a firm grasp of the backup role this preseason. Turbin's carried the ball 16 times for 36 yards (2.3 YPC) and has failed to manage a run longer than 8 yards. Michael is averaging 3.3 YPC on 24 attempts, and 29 of his 79 yards came on one play. On the other 23 runs, he's averaged just 2.2 YPC.
Clearly, the Seahawks feel like they need an option to complement Lynch, and that's where Fred Jackson's skill set makes some sense. The veteran's best days are behind him, but he is dependable in pass protection and comfortable as a receiving option. He had a career high 66 catches last year for 501 yards.
As for the players on the roster, Jackson signing would potentially impact Michael and/or Turbin. Michael, a second-round pick in 2013, is signed through 2016 on his rookie deal but has not been the consistent complement the coaches seem to be looking for. Turbin, a fourth-round pick in 2012, is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Jackson played 58.2 percent of Buffalo's offensive snaps last season. And the majority of those snaps (68.2 percent) were passing plays, the story said. He showed good hands with just two drops on 82 targets. Lynch played 737 snaps last year, sixth-most among running backs. It seems that Jackson could be used to spell him on obvious passing downs and be a legit threat out of the backfield. Should the Seahawks sign Jackson, they could look to part ways with either Michael or Turbin. It's also possible that they'd keep all three guys in addition to Lynch and go with four running backs along with a fullback.
Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:24pm
He had two catches for 24 yards on five targets Saturday night. Graham has played 52 preseason snaps, and he's been used as a run blocker 36.5 percent of the time. The results have been mixed.
On an early Marshawn Lynch 3rd-and-1 carry, the Seahawks didn't generate any kind of push, and Graham let a defender slip past him as the run was stopped short of a first down. He did a good job on Robert Turbin's 7-yard run in the first.
But in the third, Graham looked like he was unsure of which defender to block, and a defensive lineman went right past him in the red zone to drop Turbin for a 7-yard loss. In other words, Graham appears to be a work in progress as a run blocker.
If the Seahawks can keep Graham on the field in running situations, it will only help to open the passing game for play-action passes which is where Graham could thrive.
Seattle running back Robert Turbin had surgery recently on his hip, the team has confirmed. FoxSports.com first reported the news.
But the expectation is that Turbin will be ready for the 2015 season, and likely ready for the beginning of training camp in late July.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access that Lynch's back issues are chronic and will be a major factor in his decision-making this offseason, according to people close to the star running back. Lynch has compressed cartilage in his back, a condition that will not heal and can get worse as a result of Lynch's punishing running style.
It seems quite possible that Lynch hangs 'em up this offseason, but we may not know for sure until we get deeper into the summer. The Seahawks have Robert Turbin and Christine Michael under contract in 2015. Michael (career 4.9 YPC) has been considered the heir apparent, but he's been consistently running behind Turbin (4.0 YPC), who's physical style more closely resembles Lynch. The team may be active at the position in free agency and/or the draft, and their actions will give us a better indication of how they feel about Lynch's availability heading into the 2015 season.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 9. Lynch will be fine for a nice matchup against the Raiders. His workload has dipped a bit in recent weeks as the Seahawks have activated Christine Michael (since Robert Turbin is playing fullback with Derrick Coleman out for the season).
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday and is probable for Week 8.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday the reason for Lynch’s early departure was due to a sore back that tightened up late in the game.
“It’s an ongoing issue for him for years,” Carroll said. “It’s something we’re always monitoring.”
Lynch did not practice with the Seahawks on Wednesday due to his back issue.
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:48pm
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 2. Robert Turbin is the proper handcuff for Marshawn Lynch owners.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm
Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring, out) did not practice Wednesday. Michael is still running third on the depth chart, so he wasn't expected to make much of a contribution on Thursday night. Robert Turbin is the running back to handcuff for Marshawn Lynch owners.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5:39pm
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin took a turbo-charged step forward. Playing with the first-team offense in the first half, Turbin exploded for 81 yards on 12 carries, highlighted by a 47-yard scamper that might have caused seismic activity, had it been in the regular season.
Christine Michael, on the other hand, fumbled on his first carry, which is the quickest way off the field in Pete Carroll’s offense. Michael recovered the ball, as he did last week against the Broncos, but two fumbles in two games will not sit well. With Turbin doing the bulk of the rushing, the Seattle offense hummed beautifully in the first half, the story said. The RB2 handcuff to Marshawn Lynch may be a spot to think about covering. With a lot of early hype about Michael, things appear to be trending toward Turbin.
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