by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
After watching Chris Carson carry the load (and do so impressively, with 20 carries for 93 yards) for the Seahawks in their hard fought Week 2 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the easy conclusion would be that Seattle has found a new starting running back. However things are not quite so cut and dry, as Thomas Rawls was seeing his first game action after being sidelined with a sprained ankle.
You knew that Rawls may have been limited, and that’s exactly what happened. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (click here for the article) published the following quote from head coach Pete Carroll after the game:
“We were not going to overwork him,’’ Carroll said. “That was really clear. I didn’t know if it would be only five or six (carries). I wasn’t worried about that part. I just wanted to see how it went, and just get him playing football again and he got back out.’’
In other words don’t read into the Week 2 carry split (20 for Carson vs. 5 for Rawls) and assume that the roles have officially been defined. As Rawls gets healthy this could easily morph into a week-to-week hot hand decision, or possible a 50/50 type split. That could come as soon as Week 3, with a week of health and another week of practice under Rawls’ belt.
The bigger takeaways from this game is C.J. Prosise’s potentially costly drop on a potential TD pass (he managed to convert just 3 of 6 targets for 22 yards) and Eddie Lacy being a healthy scratch. Prosise is still going to have a role, but at least we have a little bit more clarity as the real candidates have been cut from 4 to 2.
It’s not to say that Carson isn’t worth grabbing, because there still is the potential for him to emerge as the team’s top option. He’s not there yet, though, so don’t think of him as a set him and forget him option.
Sources – ESPN, Seattle Times
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