Come on, Pete, it’s time to give Chris Carson the ball and not look elsewhere

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On the Seattle Seahawks first play of the 2017 season, rookie running back Chris Carson was on the field next to Russell Wilson. Not Thomas Rawls, who is still nursing a sore ankle from what feels like childhood. Not Eddie Lacy, who may not go down easily, but also doesn’t go forward easily. And not C.J. Prosise, who for all intents and purposes still hasn’t transitioned from receiver to running back, because what we all really want to see him do is receive.

It was Carson, and it seemed like the playcall was even going to pass to him â?? if only the offensive line had cooperated and given us the opportunity to see the seventh round pick open the year with a banger. Instead, Wilson was the only thing getting banged around and -9 yards later, the Seahawks were punting. Don’t let that be a condemnation of Carson though, because that kid should be the back on the field for most plays at this point.

Carson did lead the Seattle offense in carries, with six. He led them in rushing with 39 yards, 30 of which came on this fantastic display of what he’s capable of:

So far, through preseason and one game against Green Bay, we’ve seen more than a glimpse of what Carson can do and his abilities to turn nothing into something is exactly what Pete Carroll looks for behind an offensive line that will consistently give you nothing. Carson is the team’s best pass blocker at running back. …

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