Travis Homer shines in starting debut with Seahawks
Following the loss of Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise for the season in week 16— and Rashaad Penny in week 14— the Seahawks were forced to turn to rookie special teamer, Travis Homer.
Seahawks running back Travis Homer didn’t have a very big showing in his first game as a replacement starter against Arizona in week 16. He only finished the game with 5 carries for 16 yards.
After a week of preparation to become the starting running back, Homer made a big impact in both the run and passing games against San Francisco, even though the team lost. He ultimately finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and caught 5 passes for 30 yards. Homer averaged over 6.0 yards per play when the ball was put in his hands and converted for Seattle multiple times on crucial downs.
Before this week, Homer was a contributor on special teams for the most part— most notably rushing for a 29 yard gain on a fake punt against the Vikings in week 13.
Going into this game, the Seahawks didn’t seem to have a lot of faith in the 2019 sixth-round pick to lead their backfield. As a result, Seattle signed former Seahawks backs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin to help carry the load for the remainder of the season.
As exciting as it was to see Lynch back in a Seahawks uniform for the first time in nearly 4 years— and watching him leap across the goal line for a touchdown— Homer found himself having a much more efficient game.
It was certainly an impressive showing in a game with playoff implications for the previous 4th string running back. Even with the loss to the 49ers at home, Homer and Seattle still have at least one more chance for a big game when they travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC Wild Card match-up next Sunday, January 5th.