RB Thomas Rawls - Free Agent
|5-9, 216||Born: 8-3-1993||College: Central Michigan||Drafted: ---|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 16 vs DAL (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rawls played sparingly, and added some life to the ground game when he did so. He did a great job hitting the hole up the middle and off tackle for good gains. He also had a couple of chances to score, first with a short gain in the red zone, and then on a goal line carry in which he got absolutely stuffed, through no fault of his own. The defender was on him as he was taking the handoff. He did enough to likely earn more carries next week.
2017 Week 17 vs ARI (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Rawls saw some action when lead back Mike Davis went down in the first quarter, and he actually looked quite good with his small amount of touches. He made a good pickup on a screen pass, in addition to a few carries in which he made a truly lousy offensive line look almost average. The Seahawks likely haven't seen enough from him this year to guarantee him a role on next year's team, but Rawls came on late, playing well in the last two weeks.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ñ 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs LA (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Only two touches for the undrafted free agent. His second carry was for just four yards with 4:18 left in the first half and didn't see a snap after that.
2015 Week 3 vs CHI (16 / 104 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Undrafted free-agent Thomas Rawls stepped up for this offense that lost starting running back Marshawn Lynch. He collected 104 yards on the ground on 16 carries, 98 of which came in the second half. His long run of the game was for 21 yards where he made a nice cut behind the line of scrimmage and then lowered his head on a defender. He showed nice burst on an 18-yard run later in the 4th quarter as a big hole opened up between the tackles off of the I-formation. He broke some good chunks of yardage in this game consistently in 4-6 yards increments and finished with 6.5 yards per carry. He was able to bounce outside for a nice gain after being stopped at the line of scrimmage in the 4th quarter. They spent a lot of time in the I-formation and not the read option but it was very effective for Rawls running behind a fullback leading the way between the tackles.
2015 Week 4 vs DET (17 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
With Marshawn Lynch out, and Fred Jackson leaving the game as well, the running game of the Seahawks was put squarely on the rookie Thomas Rawls shoulders on Monday night. He collected just 48 yards on 17 carries in this game for a meager 2.82 yards per carry behind a struggling offensive line, though Detroit is notoriously stout against the run. Rawls will remain a high quality backup as Marshawn Lynch is expected to be back in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
2015 Week 5 vs CIN (23 / 169 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The lone bright spot in this tough loss for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5 was rookie running back Thomas Rawls with 169 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The Bengals average the sixth-fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL. There were not a lot of big plays outside the touchdown but Rawls consistently gained tough yards after contact behind a struggling offensive line. He did not see the field on the first possession of overtime but was fantastic in this game. The long play of the night was his 69-yard touchdown, the team's longest rush of the season. The run was off of a simple cut after starting to the left of the defense, which he brought to the right side and accelerated away from defenders. His 169 yards was a career best for the rookie running back.
2015 Week 6 vs CAR (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Marshawn Lynch back from injury, Thomas Rawls had just one carry in Week 6 for eight yards. Expect this to be his role moving forward barring another injury.
2015 Week 7 vs SF (6 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
It is clear rookie Thomas Rawls will not be a big part of the game plan as long as Marshawn Lynch is healthy. Rawls was given just six carries in this game and only has seven total carries in the past two weeks. He finished with 41 total yards as he also caught two balls in the receiving game against the 49ers.
2015 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Battling through a calf injury all week rookie Thomas Rawls had four carries in Week 8 for 10 yards. The game plan is clearly not to involve anyone heavily in the rushing game outside of Lynch and Wilson. Expect that to continue after Seattle's bye in Week 9.
2015 Week 10 vs ARI (2 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The touches in the backfield in Week 10 against the Cardinals were dominated by Marshawn Lynch, even coming into the game questionable. Rawls had just two carries for 19 yards and didn't even see the field in the first half. He has consistently had a very limited number of touches in games where Lynch is active and hasn't seen more than eight targets since Week 5. Of his 19-yard total, 13 of them came in the third quarter where Rawls took a handoff from Russell Wilson to the left side for a nice burst.
2015 Week 11 vs SF (30 / 209 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec)
The star of the Seattle Seahawks offense in Week 11 was quite clearly undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls. He did more than just fill in for an injured Marshawn Lynch; he had the second-best day by a running back in Seahawks history. The story of the game could not be captured better than in his postgame interview. "I never run out of bounds. It's just in my makeup. It's my mentality. I think I would feel less of a person if I run out of bounds instead of going and showing toughness," Rawls said. Guy is an absolute savage. Rawls rushed 30 times for 209 yards on the ground with a touchdown, and added three catches for 46 yards and a second touchdown in Week 11. He handled 33-of-39 touches in the backfield in this game and was shredding the 49ers at will with his tough running style, mixing both quickness and power. His rushing touchdown came on Seattle's second drive and was a two yard score in the red zone. His receiving touchdown was on a wheel route off play action where he stiff-armed a defender in the flat, and made it to the end zone basically untouched the rest of the way from 31-yards out. He finished the game with a massive 255 all-purpose yards from scrimmage.
2015 Week 12 vs PIT (21 / 81 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a tale of two halves for Thomas Rawls against the Steelers where he rushed for 51 yards on ten carries in the first half, but finished with just 81 yards on 21 carries in the game. He scored his touchdown from one yard out in the third quarter and avoided tragedy late in the game with a fumble that was thankfully recovered by a teammate. He didn't exactly pick up where he left off from last week but is getting plenty of volume even with Russell Wilson and the passing options taking over this game for the Seahawks.
2015 Week 13 vs MIN (19 / 101 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Rookie running back, Thomas Rawls, has continued to be a revelation for this offense stepping up for an injured Marshawn Lynch. After fumbling on the first drive of the game Rawls rebounded for another big game against the Vikings in Week 13. He totaled 101 yards on 19 rush attempts and also had a rushing touchdown. He was involved in the passing game catching all three of his targets for 22 yards through the air. His touchdown was impressive and came with 3:45 left in the first quarter on first and goal where he made a nice cut right behind the line and broke two tackles to spin and barrel his way into the end zone. The un-drafted free agent from Central Michigan's power and quickness has been on full displace and will continue to be a center point of this Seahawks offense going forward.
2015 Week 14 vs BAL (6 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Just a devastatingly tough break for rookie Thomas Rawls and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14. Rawls went down with a season-ending ankle injury in the first quarter after already gaining 47-yards on Seattle's first drive of the game. With the Seahawks in the red zone a Ravens defender fell on his ankle and though he was able to walk off the field under his own power, he was limping badly to the sideline.