Seahawks 2020 position preview: Running back

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The Seahawks currently have 7 running backs on the roster and most likely only 4 will make the roster. Who are they? Who starts? And who’s cut?

After the retirement of Marshawn Lynch in 2016, the Seahawks running back group has been a revolving door. In the four seasons following the Lynch era, the Seahawks have had eleven running backs rush for at least ten attempts, and one of those eleven is Lynch himself, go figure. However, there has been some stability in the last two years as Chris Carson has become Beast Mode 2.0, becoming one of the best power runners in the NFL.

The Seahawks also signed former 49er and Texan starter Carlos Hyde this offseason to add to the likes of Carson and former first-round pick Rashaad Penny. Seattle will go into 2020 with a crowded running back room with seven backs, so who starts? Who’s cut? And what can we expect from the most talented room the Seahawks have seen in years? But first, it’s breakdown time, starting with the likely starter.

Chris Carson

Carson is heading into the final year of his incredibly team-friendly seventh-round pick contract. He had a terrific 2019 before his season was cut short by a hip injury, which is expected to not keep him sidelined during the 2020 regular season.

Fellow FanSider Geoff Shull broke down some incredible stats that show just how underrated Carson really is. For example, Carson led the league in broken tackles in 2018 and 2019. We’ll have to wait and see if Carson can stay healthy and do enough to earn an extension to stay in Seattle.

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