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Chris Carson Impressing in Seahawks’ Training Camp



When former Oklahoma State running back Chris Carson was chosen by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the NFL draft, most didn’t think much of it. Despite the fact that Carson was, “one of Pete (Carroll)’s favorite players in the draft that he was rooting for the whole time,” according to Seahawks General Manager John Schneider.

It’s starting to look more and more like Carroll may have been on to something when he chose Carson. According to a recent article by Bob Condotta with the Seattle Times, Carson is making as much of an impression in camp as he did on Carroll before the draft.

“…Carson has been full go in training camp, and on the first day of any pads on Tuesday he was as impressive as anyone, showing good vision and quickness as well as a smooth stride. After a final touchdown run late in practice quarterback Russell Wilson and Baldwin each sprinted down field to pat hit him on the helmet. Asked about Carson later Carroll smiled and gave a short answer saying “he did a nice job today.’’ Maybe at this point Carroll would prefer to let everyone find out about Carson on their own. If Carson continues to show what he did Tuesday, he could well find himself making a legit run at a roster spot.” — [Seattle Times]

“smiled… saying ‘he did a nice job today.'”


Carson missed most of the Seahawks’ offseason program due to a lingering hamstring injury. But it sounds like he’s healthy again and making the most of his opportunity.

Carson is likely battling for the fourth running back spot on the team with Alex Collins, a second-year guy the Seahawks drafted out of Arkansas last year.

Here’s the reason, besides Carroll’s comments and what he’s shown in camp, that I think Carson has a chance to make the team this season — his style of play. Carson isn’t necessarily known for explosive speed. It’s his ability (and fondness) for running guys over that have become his calling card.

I think we all remember this play against TCU last year.

Another guy with a similar running style? Seattle’s likely starter at running back, Thomas Rawls.

Condotta talks about Rawls’ style in the article.

“On one carry, Rawls lowered his shoulder into a defender, causing him to exchange a few words with the defense. A little later, he did the same thing, which led to another little confrontation. So, yeah, Rawls still runs like he’s hunting for contact. He takes pride in it. Relishes it. It’s part of his identity, he’ll tell you, part of where he comes form.”

Maybe I’m reading too much into it.


Carson had a ton of talent, and would have done more at OSU in his final season if not for that broken hand. I fully expect to see Carson’s name on the final roster come opening day.

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