Seahawks re-sign Alex Collins and Mychal Kendricks Wednesday
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks fans can welcome back Alex Collins and Mychal Kendricks.
The Seahawks may have made a call to a player that went a bit like this on Wednesday: “Oh, Mychal Kendricks, we don’t want you! Leave the premises, please! Wait. Just a second. Hold, please. (Not-overly-long-pause.) So, look. We were just joking. You’re still in the parking lot, right? Come back in. And maybe you can play in week 9?”
This conversation may have happened because one day after saying they have released the recently signed Kendricks, they re-signed him to the practice squad. Plus, Seattle announced they have signed former Seattle running back Alex Collins to the practice squad too! (Alex Collins has been rumored to have been re-signed by the Seahawks since 1871 at this point.)
With Kendricks, Seattle is clearly still trying to find ways to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. In his last two years with Seattle combined, Kendricks had 5 sacks. He is an excellent blitzer and the Seahawks blitzed a ton against the 49ers in week 8 and to great effectiveness.
Collins’ fumble issues
Collins was out of football in 2019. He started his career with Seattle in 2016 and showed a potential for being the kind of back that could grind out yards. But he also fumbled too much. Maybe that sounds harsh as Collins fumbled just twice in 2016 but in only 31 carries. Seattle’s starter Chris Carson carried the ball 278 times and had 7 fumbles in 2019 and that many fumbles seemed too much.
If Collins were to get Carson’s number of carries based on his 2016 statistics, Collins would fumble 18 times. That is a lot.
The biggest difference between Seattle signing Collins and Kendricks to the practice squad is that the Seahawks likely see Kendricks playing a somewhat important role this year. Collins is simply there in case Seattle loses all its running back. In the last two years, this has been the case.