Chris Carson Is The Answer To Seattle’s Offensive Struggles
The Seattle Seahawks have found what looks to be the solution to their stagnant offense in rookie running back, Chris Carson. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is the newest weapon in head coach Pete Carroll’s arsenal and has the Seahawk backfield all to himself.
Measuring in at six foot even, and weighing a solid 218 pounds, Carson has the rugged frame to carry an NFL workload and with an offensive line as poor as the one in Seattle, durability is at a premium.
Making The Most Of His Opportunities
Up until this point in the season, the Seahawks running back situation has been a guessing game. The oft-injured Thomas Rawls and newcomer, Eddie Lacy, entered the season as front-runners for the starting gig, with third-down specialist C.J. Prosise working in as needed. So when the team selected Carson with the 249th pick of the 2017 NFL draft, his chances of making the roster we slim to none. All that changed during the preseason when injuries and ineffectiveness gave way to opportunity, an opportunity Carson took full advantage of.
All that changed during the preseason when injuries and ineffectiveness gave way to opportunity, an opportunity Carson took full advantage of.
Running with a purpose and not shying away from contact can make a huge impression on a coaching staff; especially a staff who remembers the days of Marshawn Lynch and the vaunted Seattle power running game.
Always The Hammer
Carson is every bit of an enforcer with the ball in his hands. There is very little flash to his running style; he is a north and south runner who is willing to drop his shoulder every time, without hesitation.
To compliment his physical running style, he has carved out a small niche in the passing game. Through three weeks he has four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. It may not seem like much, but the skill set is there, making Carson that much more valuable as an every-down back.
Carson is no Beast Mode, but he’s a violent runner willing to lower his pads for extra yards. He is the answer to Seattle’s woes on offense, and if the Seahawks hope to win the NFC West, they would be wise to lean on their new workhorse.