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Running Back Chris Carson

A guy that may be overlooked by non-Seahawk fans has to be running back Chris Carson. If you’re a casual Bears fan who doesn’t even dabble in fantasy football, you may be asking yourself, “Who?”

Get familiar with this kid, because like Jordan Howard, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Carson is a 2017 seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State who ended up being the Seahawks go-to guy last season when he was healthy.

Now, that’s not saying much about a back field that hasn’t been able to find a consistent presence since the likes of Marshawn Lynch. But, now healthy, Carson looks like the best back in town — yes, even better than 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny.

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In Week 1, Carson proved valuable both in the run game and passing game. Penny was looked at more so as their third-down back, but Carson’s performance might put more of a strangle hold on his starting spot. He rushed for 51 yards on just seven carries, while catching three balls for 28 yards.

The Seahawks only ran it 16 times against the Denver Broncos, but if they make any adjustments offensively before facing the Bears, it should be to get this guy the ball more. Forget the timeshare, Carson should be the feature back with Penny sprinkled in here and there until further notice.