The Seattle Seahawks have made an absolutely shocking start to the 2015 season, being lucky to find themselves at 2-3 in all honesty.
Thanks to the poor play of a make-shift offensive line that is filled with rookies and players who haven't even played O-Line before, the Seahawks have struggled badly on offense. The defense hasn't been fantastic either, but that's a story for another day.
Seattle may have lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, but the game served as somewhat of a coming out party for Thomas Rawls. But despite the rookie's 169 yards, he will find himself back on the bench as Pete Carroll expects Marshawn Lynch to return this weekend.
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Beast is Back
Lynch has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but Carroll expressed optimism on Wednesday that 'Beast Mode' will be ready to face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
“He should be ready to go,” Carroll told reporters, via ProFootballTalk. “We’re going to do the week so that he’ll practice full go tomorrow and Friday. He went through the walk-throughs today, he’s going to run today for conditioning purposes. He looks great, he looks like he’s ready to go.”
Rawls Is No.2
Carroll also made it clear that Lynch won’t be sharing the job with the undrafted rookie Rawls, despite the fact that it was his quality running that kept Seattle in control for most of the game against Cincy.
“I think he’s earned that,” Carroll said of Lynch, “but Thomas will be there for him when Marshawn needs a break...but Thomas will be the number two.”
Over the course of the season, Lynch has rushed for a measly 128 yards on 38 carries, which equates to a meager 3.4 yards per carry average. Compare that to Rawls, who had his 169 yards against the Bengals on just 23 carries - an insane average of 7.3 yards per.
Rawls can definitely feel a little hard done by, but don't be surprised if his role increases over the course of the season.