Chris Carson led Seahawks in targets on Sunday

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The Seattle Seahawks had wanted to get running back Chris Carson more involved in the passing game this season. In Week One, Carson was more involved than anyone in the passing game.

Carson led all Seahawks players with seven targets. That accounted for more than 33 percent of the 20 throws made by quarterback Russell Wilson during the game.

“Well, it worked out,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday. “It was something that was part of the offseason to involve him and he jumped out with six catches. That was a lot of catches for him. It’s clear why we’re trying. He made some nice plays running with the football. The touchdown play was a phenomenal run after catch. We’re not talking about him lining up as a wide receiver to run post routes and digs and stuff like that. We want to use him in classic fashion for the running back position and letting him catch the ball with space and run for obvious reasons.”

Carson’s feast resulted in famine for others. Receiver Tyler Lockett wasn’t targeted at all until the fourth quarter, finishing with two balls thrown his way.

“We weren’t looking at that,” Carroll said. “We looked at him a number of times. The idea was to go there, and we couldn’t get there. We didn’t forget he was out there.”

At least Lockett had two targets; receiver Jaron Brown didn’t have the ball thrown his way at all.

“Yeah, we love what he does and what he contributes and all that,” Carroll said. “But it really was just how the game goes sometimes. We’re counting on him making plays and doing stuff, he’s been terrific for us.”

Terrific isn’t a word that would be applied to the Seahawks’ downfield passing game, especially with only 20 passes thrown, and more than a third of them to a running back. If that continues, folks may wonder why so much money has been invested in the quarterback position.

7 responses to “Chris Carson led Seahawks in targets on Sunday

  1. The 35 million dollar game manager was sacked 4 times in this game. The rushing attempts only netted 72 yards, so it looks like Duane Brown’s boasts about this year’s OL is just false advertising. They probably miss the run blocking of JR Sleazy, and his replacement, Mike Iupati, is injured. Last year Seattle ranked 25th in passing. After one game they are ranked 25th in passing again. Last year they ranked first in rushing, but after one game they rank 25th in rushing, and 28th in total offense. Seattle really got their money’s worth by paying the game manager.

  2. Russell Wilson is a solid game manager. That’s just what he is. The Seahawks shouldn’t have gave him so much money. He’s not capable of putting the team on his back and carrying them to victory a la Tom Brady.

  3. californianewton says:
    September 10, 2019 at 10:24 am
    Last year Seattle ranked 25th in passing. After one game they are ranked 25th in passing again. Last year they ranked first in rushing, but after one game they rank 25th in rushing, and 28th in total offense. Seattle really got their money’s worth by paying the game manager.

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    I think we should probably give it more than one game before declaring where the team is headed this season… or any team for that matter.

    Let’s also not ignore the fact that they won the game.

  4. If you watched the game, the problem isn’t the QB position, but rather the OL positions. Russell had absolutely no time to throw the ball down the field, and was running for his life most of the game. THAT is what needs to be fixed. The QB position is fine.

  5. Is it too early to label DK Metcalf a draft steal? Anyone who watched him play has to admit DK was a man out there. Might have had a td if his defender didn’t get owned by him in the endzone and just grabbed him…still setting his team up for the td on the following play. You can definitely see his combine strength and speed translate to the field.

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