Bryce Brown, RB Seattle Seahawks

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Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls will have to compete for starting job

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 9:58am

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Thomas Rawls and futures contract signing Cameron Marshall are the only two running backs of any kind currently under contract with Seattle for the 2016 season. Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and fullback Will Tukuafu are all unrestricted free agents while Christine Michael and fullback Derrick Coleman are restricted free agents.

Rawls is also coming off a broken ankle that ended his rookie season after 830 yards and four touchdowns in seven starts replacing an injured Lynch.

While Rawls showed special qualities as a rookie and the Seahawks believe he will be ready for the start of training camp, they aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket either.

“He definitely has the talent to (take over for Lynch), but we’re going to get a couple people in there to compete with him,” general manager John Schneider said Wednesday. “And he’s recovering from a significant injury as well too. He’s a fun kid and a really talented guy. I just can’t tell you that (he’ll succeed) right now. I’d go to (Las) Vegas if I could tell you that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Despite Schneider's comments, with Marshawn Lynch out of the way, Rawls is first in line for workhorse back duties given his performance in 2015. In the six games in which Rawls played and Lynch did not, the rookie averaged 20.5 touches for 120 yards and 0.84 touchdowns (on a stellar 5.6 YPC). That doesn't even include Week 3, when he turned 16 carries into 104 yards while Lynch was limited to five carries. A fractured ankle ended his season, but it didn't require surgery and he should be ready to for training camp. If he's fully healthy, Rawls' ADP should climb into the 3rd round or higher.

2016 Strength of Schedule - SEA
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
32
MIA
22
@STL
30
SF
2
@NYJ
BYE28
ATL
6
@ARI
31
@NO
20
BUF
9
@NE
27
PHI
7
@TB
8
CAR
10
@GB
22
STL
6
ARI
30
@SF

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2015 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1IND------------
8DAL------------
9BYE------------
10ARI------------
15CLE943004.780001-22/7131%
16STL79001.290001-11/7215%
17ARI1020102.000000-22/7231%
Totals2672102.7700020.0055/21526%

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