Opponent Scouting Report: Seahawks Running Backs

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Running back Chris Carson
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Running back Chris Carson /

The Seahawks’ corps of running backs is confusing, and a seventh-round rookie may be emerging as the leader in the backfield.

With Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, and Christian McCaffrey headlining this year’s running back draft class, no one was really talking about Oklahoma State’s Chris Carson.

He never rushed for more than 600 yards in a season during his college career, but he’s currently leading the Seahawks in rushing after three games this season.

The Seahawks’ offensive line is every running backs’ worst nightmare, but Carson has been able to be fairly efficient running the ball gaining 4.5 yards per carry so far this year. Carson wasn’t even really expected to make the roster, but he’s beaten out a crew of veterans for the starting job.

Seattle signed Eddie Lacy in free agency this offseason, but he’s been buried on the Seahawks’ depth chart. He’s gained 3 yards on 5 carries this year, and his future in Seattle is not looking bright.

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C.J. Prosise had a couple of scintillating performances last season, but injuries have hampered his brief NFL career and he’s already been ruled out for this week’s matchup with the Colts.

Thomas Rawls was probably the favorite to win the starting job this season, but he has matched Lacy with only 5 carries through the two games he’s played. Like Prosise, Rawls has struggled with injuries and it looks like he’s slowed down each year of his career.

The Colts’ run defense has been just outside the top 10 this season, according to Football Outsiders, and they have the ability to make this Seahawks offense one-dimensional on Sunday night.