RB Thomas Rawls - Seattle Seahawks
|5-9, 216||Born: 8-3-1993||College: Central Michigan||Drafted: ---|
Week 15: vs Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Good matchup. The Seahawks fed Mike Davis as the lead back for the second straight week since his return from injury as he saw 15 carries for 66 yards. Davis split snaps with J.D. McKissick, but McKissick only carried three times as he contributed more in the passing game than Davis did. Davis is averaging 4.2 yards per carry over these past two games, which is an impressive mark considering what the Seahawks have been used to getting from their running backs this season. Davis did exit last week's game early though after injuring his ribs midway through the third quarter, so his status will be worth monitoring throughout the week. The offensive line continues to improve with Duane Brown healthy at left tackle and Justin Britt playing well at center. Russell Wilson also continued with his weekly contribution to the running game as he averaged 10 yards per carry for 50 rushing yards--the third time in the last six games that he has rushed for 50 or more yards. The Rams continue to struggle mightily against the run despite the pass-rushing talent they have up front. Last week, they allowed the Eagles to rush for 139 yards on 32 carries, good for an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. While this was below the Rams 4.7 yards per attempt average on the season (T-2nd worst in the league), it was still a very poor showing in which the Rams defense was simply overwhelmed by the volume and worn down as the game went on. The Seahawks run game is improving while the Rams run defense has been consistently bad in recent weeks. One thing the Rams have done a decent job of this season has been containing mobile quarterbacks as Russell Wilson had one of his worst rushing games of the season against the Rams back in Week 5, but Wilson has kicked it up to another level as the season has progressed--so do not look for him to be hindered in what will still be a soft matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 10 vs ARI (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Rawls had the lead back duties all to himself for a change. Unfortunately, the Seattle offense is not yet ready to open holes up for him, so he didn't do much with the chance. He looked all right on his one long carry, which gave him most of his yards on the day. On that play, and ONLY on that play, suddenly the line opened up a running lane for him. We're far enough into the season to say that try as they may, the Seahawks are simply unable to establish a consistent running game. Consider Rawls a desperation play only, even if he's the primary ballcarrier.
2017 Week 9 vs WAS (9 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Rawls at first took a back seat to Eddie Lacy, but upon Lacy's injury became the primary back. His biggest play was a catch in the flat for a first down. Beyond that, he made a number of short runs, and had trouble converting short yardage plays.
2017 Week 8 vs HOU (6 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rawls looked marginally better than Eddie Lacy, but by the numbers they were both awful. He also had a chance at a touchdown reception but dropped the pass. It was a tough angle to make the catch from... but, he was wide open and the ball was in his hands.
2017 Week 7 vs NYG (11 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Rawls was, by a small margin, the lead back in what is now a clear committee. The Seahawks finally looked competent carrying the ball - and that's saying something - but with at least three backs sharing the load, none are likely to help any fantasy teams. Rawls, for his part, looks to be most likely to contribute. He was twice given the ball in goal line situations, and looked decent running North-to-South, but came up just short both times. He was also targeted on a couple of screen plays, one which he broke a tackle for extra yards but then ran past his blocker and got taken down; while the other was a terrible drop. So Rawls is hit and miss at this point, but also most likely to get the biggest workload.
2017 Week 5 vs LAR (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Rawls shared the backfield with Eddie Lacy and rookie J.D. McKissic. He failed to take advantage of the wide open opportunity, however, and pretty much matched Lacy's 9-19 production with a 8-20 line of his own. Rawls looked capable as a receiver on a couple of short plays, and thus likely has a slight leg up on Lacy going forward. That said, it's easy to imagine another back coming into the picture. The "poor O-line" card can only be played for so long. After all, rookie Chris Carson was reasonably productive before his injury, with the same O-line.
2017 Week 3 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rawls was listed as active but did not appear to get any offensive snaps, ceding the starting role entirely to Chris Carson.
2017 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He's got nothin'. I'm not sure that can be put much more diplomatically. He ran like an Eddie Lacy clone, essentially, crashing into the line with glorious regularity, and not making it through. He gets the benefit of the doubt this week, since it's his first one coming back from an injury, but Carson was clearly the top back here, and if that holds for another week, we could easily be calling Rawls the backup.
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