Homer rushed three times for 13 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards in Sunday's 28-23 divisional-round loss to the Packers. Coach Pete Carroll said Marshawn Lynch would get more work, and the boss stuck to his word. Beast Mode rushed 12 times for 26 yards (2.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Homer had a solid game in the limited opportunities he had, and he's setting himself up to make the team again in 2020. The rookie sixth-round pick didn't touch the field on offense until the injuries piled up by Week 15, but he's proved to have pass-catching upside and was utilized on special teams all year. If Chris Carson (hip) and Rashaad Penny (knee) are ready Week 1, however, Homer likely will stick to special teams next year.
Homer could be in line for a reduced role in Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Packers after coach Pete Carroll said he anticipates featuring Marshawn Lynch more heavily in the Seahawks' game plan, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. "He's going to play more this week," Carroll said of Lynch. "He's ready to, and he's had enough time with us. He feels confident about what he's doing and the plan. We can get him in and out of there and have those [Lynch and Homer] really go at it." In the aftermath of the Week 16 loss to the Cardinals, Homer found himself as the Seahawks' lone healthy option in the backfield after Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) succumbed to season-ending injuries. Seattle quickly stocked up on backfield depth by signing a pair of ex-Seahawks in Lynch and Robert Turbin, who had both been out of the league all season. While Turbin hasn't been a factor in his two games since signing with the team, Lynch immediately claimed the No. 2 role behind Homer, playing 29.4 percent of the offensive snaps between the Week 17 win over the 49ers and the wild-card victory over the Eagles en route to rushing for 41 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Now that Lynch has had some time to get acclimated, Homer looks poised to lose work, especially after the rookie turned in a poor showing last week in Philadelphia. Homer carried 11 times for just 12 yards in the contest and fumbled on his first touch of the game, though Seattle recovered it. Even if Lynch dominates the work on the ground in Green Bay, Homer should still serve as Seattle's top pass-catching back.
Homer rushed 11 times for 12 yards and caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's wild-card win over the Eagles. After an outstanding regular-season finale where Homer averaged 6.2 yards per carry, he was stymied by the Eagles' fierce defensive front. Marshawn Lynch faced similar trouble with just seven yards on six carries, but he punched in a touchdown. Homer seems to have an edge over Lynch in the touch department, and the duo will take on Green Bay in the divisional round. The Packers allowed 120.1 rushing yards per game during the regular season, ranking 23rd in the league.
Homer rushed 10 times for 62 yards and caught all five targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the 49ers. Homer finished behind Marshawn Lynch in the pecking order, as Lynch logged 12 carries, but the rookie was the most explosive back with 6.2 yards per carry. His versatility helps make up for the losses of Chris Carson (hip), Rashaad Penny (knee) and C.J. Prosise (arm), but it will likely continue to be a timeshare in the Seahawks' backfield. Homer and the Seahawks travel to Philadelphia next Sunday for the wild-card playoff round.
Coach Pete Carroll said Homer will be "ready to go" Sunday against the 49ers, Andy Patton of USA Today reports. Not only is the NFC West crown on the line this weekend, but it's still to be determined which teams will get first-round byes and even home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. In Seattle, the backfield is unsettled after Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) joined Rashaad Penny (knee) on injured reserve this week. While former Seahawks Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin were re-signed Monday to bolster the RB ranks, Homer has been in the program since he was selected in the sixth round of the 2019 draft. In addition to a 29-yard run on a fake punt Week 13, Homer has turned seven carries into 23 yards and six catches (on eight targets) into 26 yards over the last two games. More touches may be on tap for Homer, especially with Lynch and Turbin having not played a snap yet this season.
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