Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Wednesday that running back Thomas Rawls will be on a specific snap count in the team’s opener against the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN.
Rawls, 23, broke out unexpectedly for the Seahawks as an undrafted player out of Central Michigan, but he sustained a broken ankle in December and has spent the offseason recovering. Rawls participated in just one preseason game and is still not at 100 percent.
Carroll also said that for Rawls, Sunday’s home opener will be similar to a second preseason game for him. He will carry the ball a few times, run some routes and then he will be done for the day. Carroll didn’t share the specific number of snaps he plans on giving Rawls, but it sounds like Christine Michael will take the bulk of running back snaps for the Seahawks.
This is kind of a double-edged sword. Rawls’ 830 yards and four touchdowns last season were excellent, but the Seahawks are also going to get an extended look at Michael and see how far he has progressed.
Michael looked great in the preseason at times, but the Seahawks now have a chance to see if he’s improved enough to be depended upon in the regular season. Michael had 39 carries for 192 yards, a per-carry average of 4.9 yards, with the Seahawks in limited time last season.