Unless the Seattle Seahawks take the “we’re going to revive our running game” promise a little too seriously, it’s unlikely that they’ll be carrying five running backs on the 53-man roster. With that in mind, it’s always “Always Compete” season in Renton, and with training camp and preseason nearing, the running back competition is going to be fascinating to watch.
We can assume that Rashaad Penny is a lock, seeing as he’s Seattle’s 2018 first-round draft pick with high hopes of being the new starter. Following him is Chris Carson, whom despite only playing in a handful of games in his rookie season, was Seattle’s most productive back, and had lavish praise heaped upon him heading into the previous training camp/preseason.
The water gets murkier for the rest of the field. Third-year pro C.J. Prosise has been frequently hurt, and only has 64 career touches. It’s not like he’s unbelievably expensive to cut, and running backs have such a short shelf life that essentially burning through two years due to injury is anything but ideal. The flashes we’ve seen out of Prosise have been exciting, but at what point is a guy just too injury-prone to keep?
Mike Davis went from practice squad to the 53-man roster during the 2017 season. He led all Seahawks running backs with 240 yards on the ground, averaged 3.5 yards per carry and had Seattle’s longest rush of the season, with a whopping 33 yards in the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. You peel back the onion a little bit, and you’ll see that his DYAR and DVOA were only slightly better than Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy.
Lastly, there’s JD McKissic. Much like Prosise, he’s a converted wide receiver. McKissic had Seattle’s only running back rushing TD of the season, and Al Michaels called him “Eddie Lacy” for the duration of that 30-yard scamper. His DVOA was actually higher than Carson’s, although his DYAR was lower. He certainly runs hard, stayed healthy, and is a viable receiving threat in ways that the likes of Rawls and Lacy were not last year. McKissic certainly looks like someone who could be the change-of-pace or “3rd down back” for the Seahawks, should they keep him on board.
That’s your quick synopsis. Now you vote to see which man you believe won’t make the team, or in the case of McKissic or Prosise, might end up switching back to wide receiver. Penny is not an option in the polls for reasons that should be glaringly obvious.
Who’s going to be the odd man out at Seahawks RB?
This poll is closed
Two running backs on this list will not make it (state them in the comments)