Rawls signed with the Jets on Friday. Rawls burst onto the scene as an undrafted rookie in 2015, taking 147 carries for 830 yards (5.6 average) and four touchdowns in 13 games for the Seahawks. He suffered a major ankle injury late in the year and hasn't looked the same ever since, managing just 506 yards and three scores on 167 carries (3.0 YPC) the past two seasons. Rawls likely will need to compete for a roster spot behind Isaiah Crowell and BIlal Powell in New York.
Rawls is slated to visit the Jets on Thursday, the New York Daily News reports. The 24-year-old logged 157 rushing yards on 58 carries in 12 games for the Seahawks last season, a far cry from the 5.6 yards per carry effort he turned in (on 147 attempts) as a rookie in 2015. If Rawls joins the Jets backfield, he'd profile as a depth option, with Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire already in the mix.
Rawls has a visit with the Jets planned for Thursday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. Upon the start of free agency March 14, Rawls became a free agent after the Seahawks opted not to extend him a tender. The meeting with the Jets will be his first with any team, but the fit doesn't seem like an ideal one in a crowded backfield. The team already made one splash on the running-back market with the early signing of Isaiah Crowell, who joined holdovers Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. Expect Rawls' health to be a large part of any conversation with teams after he missed 14 games in his three seasons in Seattle.
The Seahawks didn't tender Rawls a contract for the 2018 season Wednesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Rawls becomes an unrestricted free agent and will likely have to settle for a backup role or an opportunity to compete for a starting assignment at most wherever he lands next. He burst onto the scene with 830 rushing yards on 147 carries as an undrafted rookie in 2015, but was utterly ineffective (3.0 yards per carry on 167 totes) the past two seasons, never regaining his pre-injury form. The Seahawks also non-tendered Mike Davis, leaving only Chris Carson (ankle/leg), C.J. Prosise (ankle) and J.D. McKissic in the backfield.
Rawls had a miserable season, averaging 2.71 yards per carry, third lowest in the league among backs with at least 50 rushes. Rawls was limited by an ankle injury in training camp, but that had little bearing on his awful season. The team gave up on him after a poor Week 10 showing when he rushed 10 times for 27 yards (one of two games with double-digit carries). Thereafter, he got just nine carries in the final seven games. Rawls hits the hole hard, but runs with too much impatience, seemingly trying to break off a long run on every carry. He is a restricted free agent, but the Seahawks are not expected to re-sign him.
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|12||11/25||New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|16||12/23||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|17||12/30||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
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