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RB Thomas Rawls - Seattle Seahawks

5-9, 216Born: 8-3-1993College: Central MichiganDrafted: ---

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17 at SF 20 8 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.4
18 vs DET 48 27 161 1 2 1 1 0 0 22.2
19 at ATL 31 11 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.4

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 19 vs ATL (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rawls had a great opening drive, with powerful inside running, sidestepping into lanes well, and generally taking it to the Falcons defense until they brought him down. He averaged nearly 5 Yards on his six carries, which led to the Seahawks opening the game with a touchdown. The Seahawks operated out of the shotgun often, and Rawls again had much of his success out of this formation as the Falcons would defend the pass first.

2016 Week 18 vs DET (27 / 161 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Rawls, who had done next to nothing offensively over the past few weeks, reminded everyone what he is capable of with this virtuoso performance. It's been easy to blame first his return from injury, and then the inexperienced offensive line for his troubles, but the truth was likely somewhere in between. So what changed? Prior to this game, Rawls looked hesitant hitting the holes, as he patiently waited for the line to open up holes for him, which never seemed to materialize. In this game, not only did the line give him some big holes, but he hit them running hard, and often kept the momentum going. The line is able to open up holes, it seems; just don't ask them to keep them open that long, please and thank you. The coaching staff clearly had confidence in Rawls as well. For example, on the early scoring drive, the Seahawks ran the ball 11 times and passed twice (one was the TD). But we're still not done with the accolades! Rawls also made quick reads when there was no hole, and adjusted well and without hesitation, gaining at least a few yards each time he broke outside. Going into the second half with only a small lead, Rawls continued to get the ball often, and had several rushes in which the sea of Detroit Lions just parted for him. On one play, he was so free and clear that he was able to wait for Russell Wilson to run past him and make a block!

2016 Week 17 vs SF (8 / 14 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Let's just sum this up: Rawls had eight carries and he got nowhere, nowhere, short yardage touchdown, 7-yard gain, and, nowhere. The gameplan rotated in two other backs, but the priority was clearly to get Rawls on track as the starter. Once the Seahawks seemingly abandoned the run, the defense softened a bit and he had a couple of carries that showed the power and drive he is capable of. It would be easy to point the blame at the offensive line, but it really seems to be a combination of the two this is a young O-line that does not always open up a second level of holes. Rawls was successful when he simply pounded the gap before it closed; the patient approach has not been working for him over the past few games.

2016 Week 16 vs ARI (8 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rawls had a bad game. A Really, really, really bad one. He got caught again and again waiting for running lanes to develop, and rather than run north-south for at least a short gain, he tried to follow blocks that weren't really there for him, which resulted in a 1 YPC average. On one hand, the Cardinals defense was awesome in the first half; but on the other, this was the second game in a row that Rawls flirted with the one yard per carry average. He was replaced in the second half by Alex Collins, who had much success.

2016 Week 15 vs LA (21 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

As awful as Rawls numbers appear, they actually are even worse if you take away his 'big' 12 yard gain, which leaves him with 22 yards on 20 carries. The Rams penetrated the line at will, though it must be said that part of it is simply that the Seahawks were ahead early and predictably ran the ball a lot. Gameplan aside, Rawls kept plugging away, making bad blocking reads often, in the face of pressure. In the second half, he added a little power to his game and saw some success, if only briefly. It was enough to aid the passing game, though, as the play action was used more frequently after that series.

2016 Week 14 vs GB (12 / 67 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Rawls actually looked pretty good on most of his touches, but with the Seahawks down by 18 before they could blink, his opportunities gradually dwindled. Rawls excelled at finding holes up the middle, with several gains of 5+ yards early on. Rawls came up short on 3rd & 1 on the drive that led to the early field goal, and that turned out to be a big turning point, as the Packers got further ahead and stayed ahead after that play.

2016 Week 13 vs CAR (15 / 106 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Rawls at first looked like he was going to have the slow and steady sort of day we've seen since his return from injury. But far from it, he showed great lateral movement and ability to anticipate holes, that he began to shred the Panthers offense. He did most of his damage in the first half, including three straight gains of around 10 yards, and finally, a big gain as he got outside and found his way through multiple defenders for a 45 yard TD. He left the game briefly with an injury, but returned and seemed to be fine.

2016 Week 12 vs TB (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rawls was never able to get on track in this one, as the Bucs were up 14-0 before anyone blinked, therefore the running game went on the back burner. On a couple of plays, Rawls did a nice job breaking tackles, but he was swarmed on most plays early on didn't get far. The best that can be said is that he looked healthy. He was taken out of the game for the final two minute drill in favor of a better receiving option, but does not look to have any competition for the starting role.

2016 Week 11 vs PHI (14 / 57 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Rawls did not have much to do in the first quarter, but once C.J. Prosise went down with an injury, the backfield was all his. He looked strong and confident in his first game back since the start of the season. He got a single red zone carry, from inside the five, but was stuffed. The next two plays were pass plays. His 20 yard reception was a last-play-of-the-half sort of thing, in which he had a pretty big cushion to work with. As he worked into the 3rd quarter, Rawls started looking stronger and faster with each touch. He came close to breaking a big one, but slipped on the open field before he really got going. Even so, he gave the Seahawks the legitimate up the middle threat they have been lacking all season, which helped the offense as a whole.

2016 Week 2 vs LA (7 / -7 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Rawls got absolutely mauled in the early going, gaining negative yards on each of his first three carries. To be fair, the Rams D was stout, but on at least one of those plays, he could have ploughed forward but instead got a little timid and looked for an escape route, which made it all the worse for him. He did contribute with a couple of short catches on an early drive, but on the ground, the Rams were all over him. He left the game due to injury late in the first half.

2016 Week 1 vs MIA (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Rawls had 12 carries to Michael's 15, and perhaps was used more than originally planned, due to C.J. Prosise's wrist injury. Rawls showed great power as he mainly ran the ball up the gut, including a red zone carry, and one in which he dragged the pile with him, turning a five yard gain in to ten. Straight ahead Red zone - coincidence? Looks good Good power in q4, turns 5 into 10, drags the pile with him.


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