Seahawks running backs battle for roster spot versus Chiefs

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Running back Thomas Rawls (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Running back Thomas Rawls (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Eddie Lacy, welcome to your show

Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise are both expected to miss Friday’s game. According to coach Pete Carroll, however, both would play if this was a real game. The Seahawks could just be holding Rawls back as he appears set to go as the starter at running back. With Prosise, it may be more a fear that if he plays, he will get hurt.

But as Carroll said on Thursday, “Both guys, I think, if we were playing in a regular season game, they’d be pushing to play, we’d be pushing them to go ahead because we thought it was safe.”

Rawls’ and Prosise’s absences mean positive things for Alex Collins and Chris Carson. Maybe for Mike Davis, too. Collins and Carson will definitely get more reps. These guys seem to be in a battle for the fourth running spot on the team.  But Davis might also be pushing. Whichever of these backs do the best on Friday gives them a good chance to make the 53-man roster. Unless they all do well. In which case, forget what I said.

Carson is in excellent shape to make the team, but 12s all remember that Troymaine Pope was a recent preseason superstar. Now Pope is playing for the Colts. Collins at least has one year of experience in Seattle. Now if only Collins can hold on to the ball…

Eddie Lacy, though, will start and get much of the snaps. Prior to halftime, at least. So far in training camp and the first two games of preseason, Lacy has not been explosive. He is the kind of back who can wear a defense down. Maybe he just doesn’t have the chance in the limited time of preseason.

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12s, though, want to see more out of Lacy. On Friday, he will have a big chance to prove he was worth the offseason signing. Or maybe start to show he is worth more than a one year contract.