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Chris Carson Moving up in Running Back Order with Seattle Seahawks

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Of the players Oklahoma State sent to the NFL this offseason, Chris Carson was probably not the most likely pick to make a roster. But it’s looking more and more like that’s a real possibility.

According to Sheil Kapadia, ESPN’s Seattle Seahawks beat writer, The 249th pick in the draft has moved up in the pecking order over second-year player Alex Collins.

“Carson is clearly ahead of Alex Collins and continues to climb up the depth chart. When Rawls got the day off Tuesday, Lacy, Carson and C.J. Prosise all got turns with the first team.”

Carson had an impressive debut last weekend in the Seahawks’ preseason game against San Diego, scoring two touchdowns on short runs.

While Carson only totaled 19 yards on seven carries, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the numbers didn’t really show how impressive the back was.

“He had a run taken away from him by a penalty that would’ve given him some good numbers, but he ran effectively with a nice style down by the red zone and going in with two good goal line runs,” Carroll said.

Carson is looking more and more like the fourth option on the team behind Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, and C.J. Prosise. Considering he wasn’t even expected to make the cut after the draft, there’s no reason to believe he can’t continue to rise higher.

After finishing 22nd in rushing efficiency last season, the Seahawks are looking to improve their ground attack. As much as Carson has impressed so far, and as much as Carroll continues to praise the rookie, I am confident that when the Seahawks final 53 man roster is announced, Carson will be on it.

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