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.
In a surprise move, the Seattle Seahawks have downgraded running back Marshawn Lynch to out for Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Lynch has not played in a game since Nov. 15, and he underwent abdominal surgery Nov. 25. He had been rehabbing in San Francisco but rejoined the team for workouts and practices this week.
But following the team's final workout at its practice facility Friday, the Seahawks said, Lynch notified them that he could not play Sunday. He did not travel with the team to Minneapolis later in the day.
According to a source, Lynch did not suffer any kind of setback with his injury during Friday's practice.
Over the past three games, Michael has seen 13.0 carries for 64 yards with a total of two catches for 14 yards. Brown has averaged 8.7 carries for 24 yards and scored a touchdown. In fact, he saw seven red zone touches over that span compared to just three for Michael. Fred Jackson led the Seattle running backs with eight catches for 66 yards over the three game span.
Instead, it was Michael and Brown combining for 25 carries. Michael played on 24 snaps and Brown 22.
Michael led the team with 16 carries for 84 yards (5.3 YPC). It's telling that 11 of those attempts came in the second half. Clearly, the coaches were liking what they saw from Michael and wanted to give him more opportunities, the story said. But something to keep in mind is Brown (9-43-0) had not carried the ball in an NFL game in over a year. Brown said he felt anxious beforehand but got more comfortable as the game went on, the story pointed out. Based on Week 15, Michael seems to be the safer play heading into Week 16.