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|Some reports are that second-year running back Chris Carson has been the most impressive player at Seahawks OTAs. Carson was also considered by many to be the team's best runner in 2017, as he rushed for 4.2 yards per carry prior to getting injured. Injuries have plagued him throughout his college and now professional careers but Carson reportedly added 10 lbs of muscle this offseason which should help with the durability issues.
He could've been in line to be the team's primary early down back had Seattle not invested a first round pick in Rashaad Penny. It shouldn't be all that surprising that Carson is giving his all at OTAs, considering he will likely need to put on a show to make the case that he should be given an opportunity over Penny. As things currently stand, Carson will likely start the season splitting early down carries with Penny as a best case scenario.
While not truly a "handcuff" due to the nature of the backfield, Carson would likely be the primary beneficiary should Penny go down this season and that could make him a worthwhile stash in deeper leagues as he could slide in as an every week RB2 if given a decent workload.
|Chris Carson may not share RB workload?|
OC suggests team won't force touches to Rashaad Penny
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 6, 9:20 pm
|All indications are that Chris Carson will be the starter, but Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday that he wants to get all the running back some reps in Sunday's opener at Denver. He later said some of that playing time could come on special teams and not on offense. Here was part of Schottenheimer's response when asked how first-round pick Rashaad Penny will be worked in assuming Carson starts: "We don't necessarily have, 'OK, gotta get this guy so many carries, gotta get this guy so many touches.' We'll just kind of see how the flow of the game goes. You're going to see them all, which is cool." (ESPN - Brady Henderson)|
FFToday's Take: Coaches are masters of saying a lot without saying anything at all, and that feels like what is happening here. It sounds as if Carson starts out "hot" against Denver, he'll be given a chance to see 15-plus touches. C.J. Prosise will almost certainly see the bulk of the work on passing downs. Given the matchup and uncertainty of workload, it makes sense to sit Carson this week if you have the depth to do so.
| Baldwin, Penny expected to be ready for Week 1|
Pete Carroll gives update on injured starters
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 21, 5:00 pm
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said definitively today that receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) and running back Rashaad Penny (finger) will be ready for Seattle's Sept. 9 opener at Denver. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Taking injury information to heart from the Seattle head coach isn't recommended but it's still noteworthy. Baldwin has missed most of the pre-season with a knee injury but Carroll has consistently stated that the wide receiver will be ready Week 1. Penny may get some action the final pre-season game but has slipped in value recently as Chris Carson appears to be the frontrunner for the lead back role.
|Chris Carson working as No.1 RB in Seattle|
Two practices in
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 27, 2:04 pm
|Seahawks’ second training camp practice is over. A good day for some of the young receivers, Marcus Johnson and David Moore. Chris Carson still working as the No. 1 RB. Seahawks are off tomorrow. (Brady Henderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Let's not jump the gun and start dropping rookie Rashaad Penny down your rankings. The Seahawks have had a total of two practices and it's not surprising to see a veteran get the early nod on the depth chart over a rookie. Head coach Pete Carroll is known for painting the rosiest of pictures for all his players and he's done just that of Carson, talking him up much of the off-season. This is simply a situation to watch as camp moves along.