Thomas Rawls stepping up for Seahawks


In prior years, the Seahawks tried to find the next Marshawn Lynch by investing draft picks in guys like Robert Turbin (fourth round 2012) and Christine Michael (second round 2013). They finally may have discovered Beast Mode Jr. in the bargain basement after the 2015 draft.

Thomas Rawls, undrafted from Central Michigan, stepped in and stepped up on Sunday, gaining 104 yards on 16 carries. Receiver Doug Baldwin wasn’t surprised.

“That kid has been busting his tail since the beginning of camp, even in OTAs” Baldwin told reporters on Tuesday. “So I’m not surprised, and extremely happy for his success because he earned it.”

Baldwin noticed Rawls in the third week of Organized Team Activities. “He knew the playbook,” Baldwin said, “and he was asking all the right questions. You always want a rookie to ask questions, but it’s a different level when they ask the right questions, so that’s what stood out to me.”

Baldwin said Rawls fits with the offense because he’s a power runner and an agile speed runner. But that doesn’t mean Baldwin is ready to see the Seahawks try to get it done without Lynch on the field.

“I think we have talent that could take the torch if we needed to,” Baldwin said. “However, it would take a while, the transition would be difficult. I would just say I don’t what to see that happen any time soon.”

If the transition happens out of necessity with Lynch injured, the Seahawks could decide come 2016 that Lynch is a luxury they no longer can afford.

16 responses to “Thomas Rawls stepping up for Seahawks

  1. Ummm it was aganst a defense that is 3 games into a complete system change and has exactly one guy who appears to have any talent at all. I’d curb my enthusiasm till a little larger body of work is out there.

  2. Rawls did great. I was impressed. Getting over 100 yards running behind Seattle’s offensive line is remarkable. But doing it for a single game is one thing. If we need him because Lynch is injured, I want to see him do it again (and again and again).

  3. I loved hearing it from Hawk fans that were at camp practices that said Thomas Rawls was standing out like a min-Beast Mode. I don’t now if it was his size or just how huge Rod Smith was but I mistakenly paid way more attention to him in pre-season.

    I know the Bears defense is bad but I am honestly excited because that is some of the hardest running for Hawks this year. He sees cut back lanes and hits hard them with no hesitation. Pete Carroll sounds like he hand picked Rawls for the roster.

  4. I’m not too impressed by anything Baldwin says. You lose all credibility after you pretend to take a crap on live TV during the Super Bowl.

  5. And don’t get me started on Hoke’s inability to develop talent. Very nice man but has no business as the head coach of a major program.

  6. That’s good because Beast isn’t getting any younger, but it was against the Bears.. let’s see how he does against the Cardinals, Cowboys or Panthers.

  7. In preseason you could see Rawls ran with more heart and determination than CMike or Turbin. I’m glad they got rid of those two. His Dad was an NFL player and trained him well so the guy came in light years ahead of where they expected him to be and had realistic expectations of the NFL. Now he has two of the best to learn from in Freddie and Marshawn. Between pre-season and Sunday you could see he’d learned more about picking routes and getting around obstacles. I’m hoping for great things.

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