Kenneth Walker III is making his case to be a top-five running back
Kenneth Walker had 26 carries against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7. This is not sustainable, but he got all those rushes because RB2 Zach Charbonnet was injured and missed this past game. Charbonnet is expected to be back against the browns, however, and should help Walker out somewhat. But should Seattle hope that Charbonnet does?
Sure, from the standpoint of not risking Walker to overuse and injury Seattle needs to give Walker some rest. But the numbers he is putting up in 2023 are sensational and he is doing so against a banged-up offensive line that changes week by week. Give Walker a consistently good O-line and he is going to break off more of his classic long runs and enhance his overall numbers.
Walker is fifth in the league in carries with 109, but that's not the reason he's been so good, of course. Anyone can get rushes, but it's what a player does with the carries that matters. Walker is eighth in rushing yards (450), fourth in rushing touchdowns (6), ninth in first downs picked up (25), and sixth in yards-per-game (75.0). And among the top seven on that last list, he is only one of two running backs not to have fumbled.
Walker is just 3 rushing touchdowns away from matching his rookie number of 9. If he stays healthy, he will certainly get there. And once the offensive line begins to come back a bit healthier, his raw statistics could explode.