The worry with Chris Carson isn’t whether he is good or not overall, he is. But Carson will be the lead back in a new offensive structure that might require a lot of him in 2021. That would come in the form of running the ball quite a bit but also catching a lot of passes. Carson must stay for Seattle to have the offense it’s capable of having.
The last time Carson played in Indianapolis was in 2017. That was Carson’s rookie season when in game four he hurt his leg and missed the rest of the year. The psyche of a player can be affected by returning to a place for the first time in years that had a really bad memory.
Or, Carson might simply cast this aside and be the very good running back he normally is. Either way, Carson must be his usual self against the Colts because the Seattle offense has changed and will rely on Carson more than in any other season Carson has played.
Todd Gurley put up some gaudy numbers with the Rams when he was healthy and a bit younger. Carson can come close to those kinds of numbers because he has the talent and is a great fit in the offensive scheme. But Carson has to stay for the offense to function at its best and that means starting in week one in a place where Carson was injured before.