4 eye-popping statistics about Seahawks RB Chris Carson
By Geoff Shull
Seahawks running back Chris Carson thrives under pressure. When you need a first down, he is the guy you want in the backfield.
For a player to be considered elite. They need to be able to perform in clutch moments. This includes anything from an end of the game pivotal score, to simply getting the first down and extending a drive. Chris Carson does this and does it well.
Chris Carson had the 2nd most runs in 2019 that went for a first down. This would equal out to just over 26% of his runs result in a first down. His 74 total first downs trailed only Ezekiel Elliot (surprise) at 78.
Carson was able to do this in part because of opportunity. I mean, he is on a run-first team coached by Pete Carroll. However, he is also one of the best rushers after contact in the NFL.
Carson had the 3rd most yards after contact last season at 907. Meaning, he bulldozed his way through man after man, to make sure he reached that landmark. Carson had the second-highest average gain on runs after contact at 3.3 yards behind only Nick Chubb who had an average of 3.5 yards.
When you combine all the factors from these slides, you realize the Seahawks have a player who is not only good but should be considered elite when healthy. Between his consistency with yards after contact, broken tackles, ability to take over games and capacity to thrive under extreme pressure. Chris Carson should be considered an elite running back in the NFL.
Chris Carson is a perfect running back for the Seahawks system. However, there are still areas of concern. If you want to read about the pros and cons of extending Chris Carson, as well as what a potential contract could look like, CLICK HERE.