Carson will face competition from rookie first-round pick Rashaad Penny, who the Seahawks view as a potential three-down back, ESPN.com's Brady Henderson reports. Carson earned the Week 1 lead role in Seattle's backfield as a seventh-round rookie last season, taking 49 carries for 208 yards and seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown before suffering a broken leg and severe ankle sprain in his fourth game. The Seahawks made a larger investment in the position this time around, making Penny the second runner off the board (behind Saquon Barkley) in a draft that included Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, Derrius Guice and Ronald Jones. While public perception may consider it somewhat of a reach, there's no doubt that Penny has enough talent to immediately push for the lead role. Despite his solid showing early last season, Carson could be relegated to a part-time role by the time Week 1 rolls around. He's unlikely to get work on passing downs, which figure to be the domain of C.J. Prosise (ankle) and/or J.D. McKissic, despite the Seahawks' belief that Penny can develop into a three-down back. The team also brings back Mike Davis as a potential competitor for early-down work.
Carson (ankle/leg) is back to full health and will be ready for Organized Team Activities in May, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. A 2017 seventh-round pick, Carson opened his rookie season as the Seahawks' starting running back, taking 49 carries for 208 yards (4.2 average) and seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown prior to suffering a broken leg and high-ankle sprain Week 4. There was some hope he'd return from injured reserve late in the season, and while that didn't come to fruition, Carson at least is on track for a normal offseason ahead of his sophomore campaign. He's an early favorite to reprise the lead role, as Seattle hasn't added any new running backs in free agency. The team did retain Mike Davis and pass-catching specialist J.D. McKissic, along with injury-prone 2016 third-round pick C.J. Prosise (ankle). More talent could be coming via the draft.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Carson (ankle/leg) should be a full participant when training camp begin, Gregg Bell of the News Tribune reports. Carson, who finished the 2017 season on injured reserve, is recovering from a broken leg and damaged ligaments in his left ankle. Prior to getting injured, the seventh-round rookie had taken over as the starter in Seattle's underwhelming rushing attack and may have stuck in that role all season given the ineffectiveness of teammates Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. It's true that Mike Davis flashed promise toward the end of the season in Carson's absence, but the former likely didn't do enough to dampen the excitement Seattle has for the up-and-coming Carson. If Carson hits further snags in his recovery and isn't on the field when training camp opens, it's possible a door could open for another runner to stake a claim to the lead-back role.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Carson (ankle/leg) won't practice this week and isn't in line to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Since Carson was shut down and placed on injured reserve following Week 4 after suffering a lower-leg fracture and undergoing surgery to address a left ankle issue, the Seahawks haven't abandoned hope of the running back playing again this season. With Carson having recently hit a snag in the recovery progress that has continued to prevent him from practicing, however, the rookie won't have a shot at playing again until the postseason. Given Carson's lengthy time away from the field, even that seems dubious at this juncture, giving Mike Davis some level of security in his role as Seattle's lead back.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Carson (ankle) is way ahead of schedule but probably still needs two weeks of practice before a return to games could be considered, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Should Carson resume practicing this week -- which isn't a sure thing by any means -- he could return from injured reserve as soon as Week 15 against the Rams. It would seem Week 16 or 17 is the more realistic target, and there's no assurance Carson returns to the lead role once he's healthy. Mike Davis gave the Seattle running game a much-needed boost in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Eagles, gaining 64 yards on 16 carries and 37 yards on four receptions.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|10||11/11||@Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|11||11/16||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|15||12/16||@San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|16||12/24||Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
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|3 Year Avg||49||208||0||7||59||1||31|