Carson rushed six times for 24 yards and didn't catch a pass on two targets during Monday's 24-17 loss to the Bears.
It was troubling to see Carson fall behind in the pecking order just a week after coach Pete Carroll said he'd be the clear No. 1 running back over Rashaad Penny, who received 10 rushes. The playbook may have been scrapped early, however, as neither tailbacks could get anything going, leaving the fate of the team in Russell Wilson's hands. If that becomes status quo, it's tough to trust either rusher in the Seahawks' committee backfield.
Carson rushed seven times for 51 yards and caught three passes for 28 yards and zero touchdowns in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Broncos.
Carson was the clear No. 1 running back, as rookie Rashaad Penny laid a dud with seven rushes for eight yards. The second-year pro did fumble once, setting Denver up on Seattle's 40-yard line. Carson will have another tough matchup next week against the Bears.
Despite the presence of 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny, Carson opened training camp as the team's No. 1 back, a title he kept throughout the preseason. Carson was helped by Penny suffering a broken finger along the way, but it appears the former won't be taking on a traditional workhorse role to kick off the campaign. Nevertheless, Carson will still be getting the opening touches, which yielded 4.2 YPC and seven catches (on eight targets) as an undrafted rookie last season before suffering a season-ending left leg injury Week 4.
Carson rushed seven times for 26 yards and one touchdown while catching two passes for 20 yards during Friday's 21-20 preseason loss to the Vikings.
It was likely the final preseason outing for the Seahawks' No. 1 running back. Carson looked ready for the role, as he was was patient to allow holes to form before slipping through for a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Even though Carson has the starting job secure, fantasy owners should be wary about picking him too soon. The 23-year-old won't be a bell cow and the team will be anxious to see what 2018 first-rounder Rashaad Penny can do during regular-season action.
Carson was firmly in the lead to enter Week 1 as Seattle's primary runner even before Rashaad Penny had finger surgery, ESPN.com's Brady Henderson reports.
Penny's injury may be the impetus for Carson's rising stock, but the second-year back was already making a strong case for himself before the rookie had surgery. The Seahawks are actually optimistic about having Penny available for Week 1, at which point he'd slot in behind Carson as the likely No. 2 back. Of course, the Week 1 starting job doesn't provide any season-long assurances -- something Carson learned last year when he suffered a severe leg/ankle injury Week 4. Given the draft capital they coughed up this spring, the Seahawks won't hesitate to give Penny more opportunities if Carson gets off to a slow start.
|4||9/30/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ OAK||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/28/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
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