The Seahawks drafted three running backs in April as they worked to flesh out the backfield in the wake of Marshawn Lynch’s retirement, but it looks like a player who was already on hand will wind up as the top complement to a healthy Thomas Rawls.
Unless Rawls turns out to be a complement to Christine Michael. Michael’s attitude adjustment since returning to the team late last season has been well received by coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and his play through the first two weeks of the preseason has been just as welcome in Seattle.
Michael followed up a strong preseason debut with 55 yards on 10 carries against the Vikings on Thursday night. Carroll said he was “really happy” with the ground game and quarterback Russell Wilson called it an “impressive” outing for Michael.
“It feels good,” Michael said, via the team’s website. “The running game is going well. But like the coaches say, you’ve got to be a football player without the ball in your hands. We’ve got to pick up blocks better, we’ve got to catch the ball when you get the opportunity. We’ve got to be complete backs to help Russell Wilson and the offense.”
Things have changed quite a bit in the Seahawks backfield over the last year, but Michael’s reversal of course may wind up as the most surprising and most positive parts of the new look.