Nov 22, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) stiff arms away from a tackle by San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) for yards after the catch to score a touchdown during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
5) Thomas Rawls announces himself on the national stage
There will only ever be one Marshawn Lynch. However, the five-time Pro Bowler hasn’t been himself this season, in many ways compromised by nagging injuries.
In that respect, the emergence of Thomas Rawls couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Undrafted out of college, Rawls has been far better than anyone could have expected.
After an impressive performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, the 22-year old announced himself to the national audience in week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers. By the end of the day, he had rushed for a franchise rookie record 209 yards, also the second-most in Seahawks history.
On top of this, Rawls became the first rookie in NFL history with 250+ yards from scrimmage, a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same game. There may only ever be one beast mode, but this guy isn’t far off, especially if plays like this are anything to go by:
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