But with the variables in play now, it's possible that the Seahawks don't give as heavy a workload to their lead back. Thomas Rawls was great last year, totaling 830 yards and averaging 5.65 YPC, but he has to prove he's the same guy physically, coming off offseason ankle surgery.
"He’s an NFL football player," Pete Carroll told reporters about Christine Michael. "He really has made it clear to us that he’s serious about the work. He’s serious about the consistency. He’s taken great pride in the way he’s brought it day in and day out all throughout the offseason and into camp and all of that. And he’s an explosive, dynamic athlete. So we’re just going to keep going with him."
Michael has to continue to prove to the coaches that he's had an awakening, according to the story, and up to this point he has. Rawls returned to practice last week but did not play in the team's first preseason game, but it appears he has some catching up to do. This is a situation to watch for sure. Carroll mentioned a "one-two punch" in another quote, but there were no details about how a workload would be divided.