Chris Carson: Seattle’s rushing game “can be something special”

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After Chris Carson agreed to return to the Seahawks, Russell Wilson went on social media to endorse the move. Wilson was “definitely in my ear” about re-signing, the running back said Thursday.

Carson will start, but Rashaad Penny also will get playing time. The Seahawks drafted Penny in the first round in 2018, but he played only three games last season while continuing to recover from a knee injury.

While #letrusscook became the battle cry early last season when Wilson helped get the Seahawks off to a 6-1 start as the offense averaged 34.3 points and 414.4 yards per game, the rest of the season didn’t go as well. That prompted coach Pete Carroll to say after the season that he wants the Seahawks to get back to running it more and running it better.

Carson believes he and Penny can get the job done.

“I think we can be one of the top rushing duos in the league,’’ Carson said, via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. “We both bring a different feel to the game, like different attributes. But we complement each other so well. I feel like his limit is ridiculous once he starts getting his feet wet in the game. I think it’s going to be something special.’’

Carson’s 12 100-yard games since 2018 are fifth-most in the NFL, but after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, he rushed for only 681 in 12 games last season. The Seahawks were 2-2 in the four games Carson missed with a foot injury.

“Man, that was my whole goal last season was to play 16 games,’’ Carson said. “And when it didn’t happen, going through that period was stressful.’’

Neither Carson nor Penny ever has played a full, 16-game schedule. The team hopes both can make it through a full, 17-game season this season.

7 responses to “Chris Carson: Seattle’s rushing game “can be something special”

  1. Rashad penny has quietly averaged 5 yards a carry in his career. If he can stay healthy, they absolutely can have something special.

  2. They cannot run the ball very often if their defense is so hapless that they are way behind late in the game.

  3. Don’t forget about RB Alex Collins that guy be very dangerous as well, especially when throwing to him out of the back field!🏈

  4. The offense should produce in the top 10 in both running & passing games. Hopefully, the Offense is in the top 5. That, with the anticipation of an improved defensive line, might help return the team to the playoffs. I’m sure looking forward to seeing this season get started. Go Hawks!

  5. Both good running backs, but both will get hurt AGAIN..the offensive line still sucks !!Russ will be still running for his lfe..

  6. Under Coach Carrol’s Strength & Condiditoning system, the Seahawks have usually been among the 8 most injured teams in the league. That’s a direct salary cap hit, and an equivalent roster reduction.

    Last three seasons ended poorly with injuries, at one point being so depleted that they brought back Marshawn Lynch. Mid 2020, they had to play third string center, while Justin Britt remained unsigned. Yet, Carroll/Schneider continue to retain the same Strength & Conditioning staff/system and treat players as expendable, when cap space and roster size is a limited resource.

    Bucs were the most healthy team in 2020.

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