Seahawks signing UFL standout is bad news for former draft pick

Seattle is reportedly signing a UFL running back but that might be bad news for another current Seahawk.
Running back Ricky Person, Jr.
Running back Ricky Person, Jr. / Jack Gorman/UFL/GettyImages

The Seattle Seahawks are seemingly set at the top of their running back depth chart. Kenneth Walker III is going to be RB1 and Zach Charbonnet is going to be RB2. After that, it is anyone's guess. Seattle signed George Holani as an undrafted free agent this year and he had a chance to make the team as a backup. He still might, but 2023 draft pick Kenny McIntosh might be a bit worried about his job.

That is because Seattle reportedly signed Birmingham Stallions running back Ricky Person, Jr. Person has spent time with one team in the NFL - the Baltimore Ravens - but never got a chance to play in a game. With the Stallions, Person ran for 297 yards which was seventh in the UFL. His average was only 3.2 yards a rush, though.

He can also catch the ball well enough and he added another 150 yards that way. He was second on his team in rushing but led the Stallions in rushing touchdowns with six. The 24-year-old back has good size as well at 6'1" and 222 pounds. He is big enough to play in the NFL, though he might lack breakaway speed.

Seahawks reportedly sign UFL running back Ricky Person, Jr.

The question is what the Seahawks want in a running back. Walker is quick and explosive, while Charbonnet is the kind of back who likes contact and can grind out the tough yards. Holani is 210 pounds. Person is close to the same size that University of Washington running back Dillon Johnson was in 2023, and that might be important.

Ryan Grubb is Seattle's new offensive coordinator and he was the OC for the Huskies last year. His main back was Johnson who was a lot like Person. Johnson could help move the chains though he was not likely to break off 50-yard runs very often.

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McIntosh is a speedier back than Person, but he also might not fit Grubb's offensive scheme. He also could not stay healthy in his rookie season and general manager John Schneider might have concerns about the player due to that. Based on recent injury history, whoever is RB3 for the Seahawks is probably going to get some valuable reps in 2024 as Seattle has had bad luck with backs getting hurt.

The question is who RB3 is. McIntosh, the flashier but less rugged back? Or Person or Holani, the more powerfully built but less explosive backs? Either way, McIntosh might want to make sure he has a healthy and productive training camp this year.

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