4 players Seattle Seahawks must make room for on the final 53-man roster

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No. 3 - Seahawks running back SaRodorick Thompson, Jr.

Seattle has four running backs likely locked in place: Kenneth Walker, Zach Charbonnet, DeeJay Dallas, and Kenny McIntosh. Four running backs is not enough, though. The Seahawks know far too well how they have been cursed in recent seasons with tailback injuries and sometimes had to pick up a player off the streets to play meaningful snaps. Plus, McIntosh is still dealing with a knee injury and Walker hasn't played at all in the preseason.

Thompson might make it as the fifth back on the roster. He's certainly big enough at 5'11 1/2" and 210 pounds. He has a low center of gravity and excellent lower body strength. In preseason Week 2, Thompson ran for 50 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown. His longest run was 29 yards so he's a bit capable of getting outside and making an explosive plays.

At Texas Tech, he put up the kind of statistics that Chris Carson did at Oklahoma State before the Seahawks drafted Carson in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft. Thompson never ran for more than 765 yards in a season in college, but he did average 4.9 yards a carry. He also scored 37 rushing touchdowns in the last four seasons so he has a nose for the goal line.

According to NFL (dot com), Thompson projects as an average backup in the NFL. To be honest, that is good enough. The Seahawks shouldn't expect him to come in and be a starter. But the way Seattle's running backs get hurt every season, Thompson might need to take a few snaps as a starter and he should be fine doing so.