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RB Chris Carson - Seattle Seahawks

6-0, 218Born: 9-16-1994College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 7

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2017 Week 4 vs IND (12 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Carson truly looked like he had arrived in this contest. He ran with speed and power, and found running lanes where it looked like there were none. He also showed up in the passing game, not looking a bit out of place on a few short catch and run plays. After a few weeks of wondering if Carson actually was the starter, this week felt like he held the reigns fully. It is unfortunate then, that he later injured his ankle and is reportedly set to miss multiple weeks due to the injury.

2017 Week 3 vs TEN (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 1 rec)

For the moment, Carson seems to have control of the reigns in the ground game. He played steady but unspectacular football, and was most noticeable on his scoring play - his first career TD - a red zone reception that he ran in from the 10. On the ground, he didn't look bad, but... Once the second half started, the Seahawks were playing from behind, and basically abandoned the running game completely. It's a positive sign not only that he started but that he was targeted at all as a receiver. The job remains his for now, but expectations should be tempered, as C.J. Prosise is the clear 3rd down back, and Thomas Rawls is still waiting in the wings to reclaim a share of the load when opportunity arises.

2017 Week 2 vs SF (20 / 93 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Don't look now, but Chris Carson is the Seahawks starting tailback. (Stay tuned to see if that holds true for week 3) Thomas Rawls actually started the game, but after showing that he's still running in quicksand while returning for injury, his touches were quickly given to Carson. The rookie fought hard for yardage, and was actually getting snaps on the first drive, before the verdict on Rawls was in. Carson is clearly the better back right now. He's faster and makes quicker cuts when he has to, even though he also did a decent job of following his blockers when holes were there. Carson also caught one short pass and fought hard for a near first down. Late in the 4th quarter, Carson put on quite a show, making quick, decisive cuts, and steady gains, to run out the clock on a defense that should have been able to key on the run at that point. It padded his stats, to be sure, but these were not garbage time yards.

2017 Week 1 vs GB (6 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Carson has the most upside here and is worth taking a flyer on, but his rushing line of 6-39 should be taken with a grain of salt, as he gained 30 yards on one of those carries. Carson made a quick reverse cut and was able to get outside, showing good speed and elusiveness on the play, which is pretty much the best thing that can be said about any Seahawks running back in this game. Carson also looked impressive catching with his readiness, catching the ball out of the backfield with his QB under pressure. Depending on how Thomas Rawls looks upon his return, you can expect Carson to at least share the load in week 2 versus the 49ers.

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