Seahawks running back Darwin Thompson
The door is currently open for the Seahawks to keep an extra running back as rookie Ken Walker III is still trying to recover from a recent core injury surgery and Rashaad Penny is always a risk to get hurt. Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas seem like solid third and fourth options at RB but keeping a fifth at this point might be a must.
Thompson totally misread a blitz against the Steelers in preseason game 1 and this helped lead to a sack and forced fumble on Drew Lock which led to Pittsburgh winning the game. Lock should have picked up the blitz but so should Thompson. Those kinds of plays get a team beat in real games too.
Still, Thompson has decent weight (he is 5’8” and 200 pounds) to be able to add productive carries in the NFL. He played two seasons in Kansas City (2019 and 2020) and while he wasn’t fantastic, did show he could run a bit and catch a bit too. And against the Bears in preseason game 2, he looked extremely athletic.
These Seahawks are not the Chiefs of 2019 and 2020 so keeping a player like Thompson probably makes more sense than what the Chiefs needed. And since Penny gets hurt a lot and Walker is already dealing with an injury, Seattle keeping Thompson, if he plays well on Friday, might make for a good insurance policy.