The Seahawks view the third-down back as a very specific and important role, and all signs point to C.J. Prosise having that role. If Thomas Rawls and Alex Collins end up being 1-2 on the depth chart as the first- and second-down back, so to speak—though don’t count Christine Michael out in that battle—Prosise would still have a significant role in the offense in passing situations and in the hurry up offense, similar to how the Seahawks used Fred Jackson last season.
Jackson averaged 2.0 catches per game last season, so the Seahawks' third-down back isn't necessarily a role where fantasy owners can find a startable PPR back on the cheap.
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.”
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.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen, out) was ruled out for Week 15. Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and Christine Michael will be in the mix for touches. Our money is on Brown, since the team signed him before adding Michael later in the week. The team has said in the past that Jackson’s role wouldn’t change much (i.e. they don’t view him as an every-down back). HC Pete Carroll spoke very favorably of Brown while lowering expectations for Michael in his return to Seattle. Brown tore it up for 347 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries in a two-game span while he was with the Eagles in 2012. He has had six other games with at least 60 total yards, so if he’s given most of Thomas Rawls’ workload, we believe he’ll produce. He is the definition of a risk/reward play in Week 15.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) was ruled out for Week 15. It looks like Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and Christine Michael will be in the mix for touches. Our money is on Brown, since the team signed him before adding Michael later in the week. The team has said in the past that Jackson’s role wouldn’t change much (i.e. they don’t view him as an every-down back).
HC Pete Carroll announces signing of RB Christine Michael.
What's old is new again. Michael was signed after Bryce Brown, so in theory, the Seahawks think more highly of Brown, though that's speculation. It was looking like Brown would be a near shoo-in for 15-20 touches, but now that Michael is back, anything could happen. According to beat writer Bob Condotta, "familiarity" was a big reason that Michael was re-signed.
The Seattle Seahawks plan to sign running back Bryce Brown after losing Thomas Rawls for the season, according to reports from CBS draft analyst Rob Rang and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Rang was first to report the news.
Rawls suffered a broken and torn ligaments in his ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's road win over the Baltimore Ravens.
That leaves the Seahawks very thin at running back. Fourth-stringer DuJuan Harris had 18 carries for 42 yards without a touchdown Sunday. He also had a fumble inside the red zone. Fred Jackson, 34, added seven carries for 15 yards.
During his weekly appearance Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock and Salk, Carroll declined to confirm the Brown signing, but he did say that "stuff will happen through Tuesday."
Brown certainly has the skills but was considered raw when the Eagles took him in the seventh round a few years back. But he played well at times with the Birds before getting traded to Buffalo. Fumbles have been his big issue throughout his career, though. Reports said this would be a committee situation with whomever the Seahawks decided on, which now appears to be Harris, Brown and Fred Jackson splitting the workload, if the report is true. Seattle is expected to ride the hot hand of Russell Wilson to close the regular season and hope Marshawn Lynch comes back for the playoffs. We'll continue to break down this situation throughout the week, but it appears the team will trust Harris to get the bulk of the early down work.
The broken ankle, along with ligament damage, will sideline Thomas Rawls for the remainder of the season, coach Pete Carroll said. On Sunday, the Seahawks went with DuJuan Harris (18 carries, 42 yards) and Fred Jackson (seven carries, 15 yards). But now they'll have to consider adding a running back to the mix as they try to make a run in the NFC.
The hope is Marshawn Lynch is back for the playoffs but there's no set timetable and they won't rush him back, the story added. The team worked out Hunter, Gray and Pead at various times this season and of course Michael is a former Seahawk (the story considers him a longshot). Brown has been on the off the roster this year. He has skills but fumbling issues. The story pointed out the team liked Harris above all of these guys since he was still on the roster. And, the author guessed the Seahawks will sign either one of the players listed above or someone off another team's practice squad and go with a running-back-by-committee approach for the next couple of weeks. Considering how Russell Wilson is playing and the fact the next two opponents (Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams) are a combined 8-18, the Seahawks should be able to hold on to a wild card spot even if their run game takes a hit. It appears to be good news for the Seattle passing game.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:58pm
Brown was let go by the Bills following Week 1 and had gone unclaimed until this week. Jackson has underperformed as a third-string back for the Seahawks (54 yards in seven games), while Thomas Rawls (65 carries, 366 yards) has taken meaningful carries away from the oft-injured Marshawn Lynch.
The story said Brown's signing could spell the end of the line for Jackson in the Emerald City, who was involved in a single-car crash last week outside the Seahawks' facility, but it is more likely an indication that Pete Carroll is stocking up on insurance for Beast Mode. Brown's downfall is his history of fumbling problems with the Bills and Eagles.
TMZ was first to report that a drag race outside the Seahawks’ training facility between running backs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch ended with Jackson wrecking his Corvette, first into a planter box and then into a stop sign.
There’s proof of that, too. That stop sign is at the corner of Seahawks Way and Lake Washington Boulevard, not far from the facility.
TMZ cited a witness who said Jackson and Lynch were racing as they left practice. After Jackson wrecked, teammates including Richard Sherman and team staffers reportedly came to his aid.
TMZ reports Jackson was taken back to the Seahawks facility but there is no word on whether or not he was injured.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:07pm
With running back depth a question going into Sunday's game against the Bengals, the Seattle Seahawks made a roster move today, signing Rod Smith off the practice squad and placing cornerback Tharold Simon (toe) on injured reserve.
Smith originally signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in the spring.
Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's game. Fred Jackson (high ankle sprain) is questionable. The team will see how he looks pregame before determining whether Jackson can go. The Seahawks also have fullback Derrick Coleman as a potential option to carry the ball.
In all likelihood, it will be Thomas Rawls getting the bulk of the carries.
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring, out) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice and is out for Week 5. Thomas Rawls will draw another start. Fred Jackson is listed as questionable with a high-ankle sprain, but may only play in an emergency capacity. Consider Rawls a low-end RB2 — he’s a volume play.
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. It doesn’t sound like Lynch is a sure bet to play in Week 5, though HC Pete Carroll said they should know by the “end of the week.” If he’s out Thomas Rawls would serve as a three-down back with Fred Jackson also ailing.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Jackson suffered a sprained ankle when a Detroit defender landed on the back of his right leg. X-rays were negative, but Jackson will undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday.
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