The Seattle Seahawks concluded the preseason by defeating the Oakland Raiders 17-13 Thursday night, meaning Seattle finished 4-0 in exhibition games. One would think the perfect preseason record would mean things are settled heading into the regular season, but that’s not completely the case as the Seahawks are still undetermined with regards to the primary ball carrier.
This week’s reader poll dealt with the Seahawks’ situation at running back. Things seemed simple at the start of training camp with Thomas Rawls as the incumbent, Eddie Lacy brought in to provide competition, and C.J. Prosise as the third-down back. But injuries to Rawls and Prosise, Lacy’s weight issues, and the emergence of rookie Chris Carson clouded the situation.
Therefore, throughout the week we asked readers who they thought should be the Seahawks’ primary ball carrier. Here’s what you had to say:
POLL: Who should be the Seahawks' primary ball carrier when the regular season begins? Full context here: https://t.co/gsPTIFzGXv
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) August 28, 2017
Add the two up and the rookie Carson eked out the most support at 37 percent, while Rawls (32 percent) and Lacy (27 percent) weren’t far behind. So from the fans’ point of view, there’s really no consensus on who the primary ball carrier.
One curious thing from this poll was the vast difference in the vote between those who voted on our website, who were heavily in favor of Carson, and those who voted on Twitter, who gave a slight edge to Rawls. These polls are far from scientific so I doubt it means anything, but it’s curious.
Neither Rawls (ankle) nor Lacy (rest) played Thursday — Rawls is expected to be ready for the regular season. Carson gained 10 yards on three carries against the Raiders, while Prosise (groin) returned from his injury to post 5 yards on three carries. Overall in the preseason Carson rushed for 99 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns, Lacy carried 14 times for 51 yards, Rawls carried two times for 5 yards and Prosise carried four times for 8 yards.
Who gets the carries when the Seahawks head to Green Bay for the season opener on Sept. 10? We’re just going to have to wait and see.