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Seattle Seahawks training camp is always full of guys battling for playing time heading into the regular season. It also serves as the fans’ first glimpse of the new squad and a look at what could be for the new year.
This summer, one of the most competitive positional groups is the running backs. Coach Pete Carroll took some time after practice on Wednesday to talk about a few of the different backs competing for playing time in Seattle this year.
Competition is brewing between three different backs, the oft-injured but effective Thomas Rawls, the young up-and-comer C.J. Promise, and the biggest addition of them all, former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.
First up is Rawls, whom Carroll is excited about heading into a hopefully healthy 2017 campaign.
“He looks great,” Carroll said. “He’s really back in the form we saw a couple years ago. He seems to be fully recovered going throughout the offseason into camp, all of that stuff worked in his favor. We are all really excited about that and he is too.”
It caught some attention when veteran Eddie Lacy worked out with the second team offense at practice on Wednesday, but that is likely a result of caution surrounding the ankle injury that cost him time last season. However, Lacy is no guarantee to supplant a healthy Rawls atop the depth chart. For now, Carroll is just focused on getting Lacy acclimated to the Seahawks offense.
“He’s in shape, you can see him running around here, you can see him execute stuff,” Carroll said. “He understands the offense and the running schemes we employ. Just keep working him. I have no problem. He’s going to be fine. He’s a load, just like we thought, you can see him bouncing off guys the way we expect.
“We are not trying to make him a small back, we want him to be a big back and run big, and he’s ready to do that.”
While C.J. Prosise is expected to fill the pass-catching back role in Seattle’s offense, Carroll praised another running back with pass catching skills, former wide receiver J.D. McKissic.
“We left him at wide receiver the entire off season to make sure that he can catch up with the wide receiver spot,” Carroll explained. “Now he’s back to playing both. He can play running back and he can play receiver. And he’s part of the kick return. So, he plays really hard. One of the most consistent, high-intensity guys on the field and you can see it every day when you watch him.
“He’s making a big pitch to this team.”
Ultimately, the success of Seattle’s running game will come down to Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy. Can Rawls rebound from a lost season and get back to his 2015 ways? Can Lacy toss his weight around and do some damage after a change of scenery?
Those are the questions that will make or break the running back situation for the Seahawks as they head toward another chance at a deep play-off run.
Source: King 5 | Andy Patton | August 11 2017