Who should carry the ball for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.
The NFL is through three preseason games, so we should have a good idea of how teams will be configured when Week 1 arrives. However, for the Seahawks there remains a fair amount of uncertainty with regards to the running back position.
Seattle came into training camp with what seemed to be a reasonably settled situation at running back. Thomas Rawls, entering his third season, was healthy and raring to rediscover the form that made him a sensation as an undrafted rookie in 2015. Eddie Lacy, the former Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler, was signed as a free agent to provide competition for Rawls as the primary ball carrier. And second-year player C.J. Prosise, who had spectacular moments during an injury-plagued rookie campaign, would be an important weapon as the third-down back.
But not everything has gone to plan. Rawls is once again sidelined, missing the past two preseason games because of what’s described as a minor ankle injury. Lacy continues to battle the weight issues that dogged him in his final season in Green Bay, though he reportedly has hit all his weight goals so far. And Prosise is again injured himself, having sat the past two games because of a groin problem.
Meanwhile, rookie Chris Carson has been a revelation from the moment camp began. The seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State has received a large chunk of the first-team snaps during preseason and shown he’s a viable option if Seattle’s other backs remain injured or show ineffectiveness.
Rawls has carried just twice for 5 yards (2.5 per carry) in the preseason. Lacy has carried 14 times for 51 yards (3.6). Carson has caddied 21 times for 89 yards (4.2) and two touchdowns. Prosise has just one carry for 3 yards.
So with just one preseason game remaining, who do you think should be carrying the ball for the Seahawks?