The Seahawks’ running back depth has been a question mark all week long, with Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, and Travis Homer yet to practice this week with injuries. With a sudden issue of numbers in the backfield, Seattle could be making a move to add to their depth at the position.
According to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, former Seahawks draft pick Alex Collins will arrive in Seattle today to begin COVID-19 testing protocol. Once he is through testing, Collins will be an option for the Seahawks’ practice squad.
The Seahawks are bringing in RB Alex Collins to begin COVID-19 testing today, a source tells me. Once he finishes, he’ll be an option to join their practice squad as early as next week. Seattle needs backfield depth with Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer all banged up.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) October 30, 2020
An arrest and suspension saw Collins out of the league in 2019, but he recently worked out for the Lions after doing so for Seattle late last season.
A fifth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2016, Collins carried 31 times for 125 yards and a touchdown across 11 games for Seattle. The tailback’s career seemed to take off with the Ravens, as Collins ran for 973 yards and six touchdowns for Baltimore in 2017. However, his 2018 was less consistent and ended with a trip to the injured reserve.
Still just 26 years old, Collins has plenty of time to salvage his career provided he stays out of trouble off the field. With the Seahawks in sudden need of running back help, Collins could return to the NFL where his career started.