DeeJay Dallas will battle for a spot on the Seahawks running back depth chart. He might have an outside shot at meaningful playing time, though that would depend on how Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny fare. Pressed into action for two starts last season, Dallas actually came through with at least 11 PPR points in each thanks to some nifty touchdown scoring. Anything he does to build on that limited experience (and his ugly 3.2-yards-per-carry rushing average) could go a long way in keeping him in the NFL. If he looks good this preseason, consider him with a late-round pick.
Dallas will compete with Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and Alex Collins for depth roles behind Chris Carson in the Seattle backfield, Brandon Gustafson of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. A fourth-round pick last spring, Dallas finished his rookie year with 34/108/2 on the ground and 17/111/1 on 20 targets, playing 12 of 16 regular-season games. He even made starts in Weeks 8 and 9 when both Carson and Carlos Hyde (now with Jacksonville) were injured, with those two games accounting for all three TDs on the year. However, Dallas managed just 72 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards between the two starts, and he averaged only 3.2 YPC for the year. He could now compete with Penny and Collins for carries off the bench, while Homer is the top competition for playing time on passing downs.
Dallas carried 34 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns and caught 17 of 20 targets for 111 yards and a touchdown over 12 games in the 2020 season. Dallas started Weeks 8 and 9 because both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde were out with injuries, and he produced 97 yards from scrimmage and three total scores between those two games. When Carson and Hyde were healthy this year, Dallas was often left out of the game plan or scratched. His 3.2 yards per carry isn't exciting, but the Seahawks favored Dallas over Travis Homer (knee) in the run game. Dallas' projection for next season can't be determined until we know if Carson and/or Hyde -- both free agents in March -- will return.
Dallas is listed as inactive for Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Rams. While it is unclear as to why Dallas is listed as inactive as his ankle seems to be fully recovered, the 22-year-old will not suit up for Saturday. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde will continue to lead the backfield as the Seahawks take on the Rams.
Dallas (ankle) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Dallas is back to full speed less than three weeks removed from suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain. The rookie fourth-rounder will be available for Saturday's wild-card game against the Rams, but he'll likely stick to a special-teams role, as both Carlos Hyde and Rashaad Penny are also healthy. The trio will serve in a change-of-pace role behind bell cow Chris Carson (foot).
Dallas (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports. Dallas will miss a second straight game. Carlos Hyde (illness) is also questionable with flu-like symptoms. Chris Carson is set to lead the Seahawks' backfield in the season finale, and Rashaad Penny should serve as the No. 2 if Hyde is ultimately ruled out.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
|7||10/25||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|10||11/14||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|12||11/29||@Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|13||12/05||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|15||12/19||@Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
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|3 Year Avg||34||108||2||17||111||1||39|