Pete Carroll believes running back Christine Michael is the “most improved guy” on the Seattle Seahawks roster right now.
Heavily favored to take on Lynch’s starting spot in a few years, Michael has been working on his mechanics and begun to show why the Seahawks drafted him in the second round of the 2013 draft.
Last week he carried the ball eight times for 45 yards and showed bursts of speed and agility after missing almost all of his rookie season with injuries.
“I think he’s the most improved guy,” Carroll said at Thursday’s press conference. “I think he’s the most improved player on our team. I think he’s come a long way in so many ways and he just needs to keep playing and he needs to keep showing and competing.”
His competition might be stiff with Turbin, who put on a dazzling display against the San Diego Chargers on Friday night, rushing for 81 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.
But Turbin has a little more experience on the team, this being his third year in Seattle.
In his previous two seasons, Turbin has 157 rushes for 618 yards, playing in all 32 games without starting any of them. He has never rushed for a touchdown in his regular season NFL career.
Turbin was once considered as Lynch’s lead backup, but then came Michael out of Texas A&M and Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks like what they see.
“He’s grown as a football player,” Carroll said. “He’s explosive and his mind is in it and he’s all over it. We’re just anxious to keep bringing him along.”
Seattle’s fans are excited too.
The Seahawks play on Friday night against the Chicago Bears, their last game at CenturyLink Field until their Sept.4 season opener against the Green Bay Packers.