RB Chris Carson - Seattle Seahawks
|6-0, 218||Born: 9-16-1994||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2017|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 18): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 17): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Thu Oct 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 7: vs Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The days of worrying over Chris Carson's early-season fumbles are decisively over. Carson continues to dominate the Seattle backfield - Rashaad Penny was scratched with a hamstring injury last week - to the tune of 92% of running back touches over the last 3 weeks. During that span he's taken on more carries (73) than anyone in football, and produced the third-most yardage (346) with them. Even when Penny returns to action, which could be as soon as this weekend, Carson should retain the lion's share of ground work. It's more likely Penny would mix in more with C.J. Prosise in the change-of-pace role. Of course, quarterback Russell Wilson remains the week-to-week wild card here. With a few more called runs than usual, he's on pace for his most attempts since 2015, averaging 25 yards per game in the process. They'll all benefit from working behind the strong Seattle line, which remains a liability in the pass game but a borderline-dominant unit for the run. Even with left tackle Duane Brown and right guard D.J. Fluker out last week, they did a fine job of moving the Cleveland line off the ball and giving Carson room. Both should return this week - they were close to playing on Sunday - which would be an even further boon for this attack. The Ravens have been uncharacteristically up-and-down in run defense to open 2019. They've looked impenetrable against the paper-thin lines of the Dolphins, Cardinals, and Bengals, giving up just 42 yards to running backs in those games. But they've also been run over for huge weeks by the backfields of the Chiefs (124) and Browns (192). With names like C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Weddle all suddenly gone, this unit is still very much in transition, and there are newfound holes to exploit. The line remains strong, led by space-eating specialists Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams, who tend to keep the linebackers consistently clean. But new inside man Patrick Onwuasor has mostly bombed in Mosley's shoes, and backup Kenny Young was dealt to the Rams for Marcus Peters on Wednesday. The team has gotten better play over the past two weeks from journeymen Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort; perhaps those two would provide a long-term upgrade. It's something coordinator Don Martindale will have to mull over as Onwuasor recovers from injury - he missed Sunday's game and is questionable again - and with the Seahawks' powerful ground game on the docket.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Chris Carson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs CLE (24 / 124 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Carson played a well-rounded game, both as a runner and receiver. He looked great in the early going, taking a short reception over the middle that surprised the defense as they closed in, by cutting outside to get first down yardage. His big plays were from similar vision and moves. He saw the field well, and though Carson also showed he can pound the ball in short yardage, it was his ability to read and react to his blockers that got him most of his yards in this game. On more than one play he evaded what looked like an obvious no gain, by waiting a split second for a hole to develop, which opened up big gains for him. Carson seems to be playing at the top of his game right now, with game plan, confidence, and opportunity all aligning for him.
2019 Week 5 vs LAR (27 / 118 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Without any truly long carries, Carson had a very effective game on the ground, pounding the ball for 4.4 yards per carry. Carson was not used much in the passing game until the final drive of the game, in which he first bobbled a 5 yard pass into the end zone, but managed to corral the ball for the game winning TD. His best runs were in the second half -- which seems to be a trend - as he turned a broken left run into a first down and more on the right side, and a little later showed off his agility working through a crowd up the middle, going untouched for a 10 yard first down. Most impressive is that he is showing a maturity in his running style, reading blocks well and staying patient when necessary, without losing his power game.
2019 Week 4 vs ARI (22 / 104 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
It's safe to say that Carson fully redeemed himself for his fumble problems over the first three games. He had a great game all around - by the numbers and on the field. He proved to be not only reliable holding on to the ball, but showed both power and speed, while catching several passes out of the backfield and finding/making room to run. Carson played almost the full first half, including for the two-minute drill, as the Seahawks clearly were committed to giving him the ball. Unfortunately, he was spelled twice by CJ Prosise - both times in the red zone. This felt like coincidence, but it's hard to tell, since Prosise is typically their best pass catching back. For what it's worth: Without Carson, the drive stalled and they had to settle for a field goal. With him, the momentum was palpable, and it seemed inevitable they would end up with a major. There were several individual plays worth mentioning - a nice spin move that got him outside for the first down; his vision helping him to get the short yardage first down; and most impressive was a reception in the fourth quarter that was essentially a dump pass. Carson was draped in coverage but broke the tackle, beat two defenders with his speed, and powered through a fourth Cardinal for a first down. He kept running hard til the end, and in fact did find the end zone on a short play that had him cutting all the way to the outside to make it in, but it was called back on a penalty. A few plays later, Prosise vulture a score. Even with Rashaad Penny coming back next week, Carson clearly has the trust of his coaches and should continue to get the bulk of the carries.
2019 Week 3 vs NO (15 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Carson was boxed in for the first part of the game; the Saints were giving up nothing on the ground. Carson had just gotten going with a breakthrough 7th carry for a big gain, and then repeated the feat only to fumble at the end of the play, which was returned for a touchdown. After that play, Carson did not see the field much, whether because the Seahawks were playing from behind, or because he was in the doghouse, was hard to tell. Likely a combination of the two. This was Carson's third costly fumble in two games. If you're counting. Another not-so-good sign: when he did return after the fumble play, Carson failed to convert consecutive 1-yard third AND fourth down plays up the middle.
2019 Week 2 vs PIT (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Carson had a hard luck game, with two costly fumbles deep in his own territory. If you take those gaffes away, he looked good on the ground and also contributed as a receiver - even lining up wide for a hitch play. He seemed to be seeing the field well, but the Steelers did a formidable job of clogging the middle of the field. When the blocking was there, however, he took advantage. On his third carry, he followed the left tackle, who was pull blocking on a right side run, for a 24-yard gain. And so it went. Carson was either stuffed at the line, or put up a big gain, there wasn't much in between. After his second fumble, he was not on the field for the final drive as the Seahawks held their lead. Probably nothing to worry about, but if the fumbles continue to be a problem, then Rashaad Penny, who played well, would be in line to take more of the workload.
2019 Week 1 vs CIN (15 / 46 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 34 / 1 rec)
Carson's game was a real mixed bag. On one hand, there was no consistency in the ground game, which is evident by the final numbers. But... there were times when Carson looked almost unstoppable. He showed his speed on a jet sweep in the first half, catching the Bengals off guard and picking up ten yards before they could blink. He also proved to be an important passing outlet, which was not a part of his resume last season. A couple of highlight worthy plays include both TDs, first powering through easily and untouched on a goal line carry; then he showed his speed yet again, as he caught a short pass and not only eluded the defense, but simply bounced off a defender to keep running for the score. In the second half. Perhaps his best play was a short third down conversion late in the game. Carson expertly found the hole on a short yardage play, broke loose for a few more yards, and THEN, dragged a defender at least another five yards, ending with his longest run, just over 20 yards. One blemish is the fumble he committed in the second half, which dashed what little bit of momentum the Seahawks had mustered.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Chris Carson stymied (Mon Oct 21, 12:39 AM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson carried the ball 21 times for 65 yards against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20. He added three receptions for nine yards. link to story Seahawks | Chris Carson fully practices (Fri Oct 18, 05:33 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 7. link to story Seahawks | Chris Carson back to full practice (Thu Oct 17, 07:41 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) was upgraded to a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 17. link to story Seahawks | Chris Carson a limited participant (Wed Oct 16, 07:33 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. link to story Seahawks | Chris Carson runs for 124 yards, TD (Sun Oct 13, 05:27 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson rushed 24 times for 124 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns and he added four receptions for 35 yards on four targets. link to story More News
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