Though certainly not for lack of trying, as Seattle used multiple picks and signings to fill the position after Lynch’s departure. There have been bright spots and moments that gave 12s hope that the Seahawks running game was closer to returning than not. Unfortunately, those spots were fleeting, whether due to injuries, regression or sometimes a refusal to lean on the running game.
From early round choices that simply never were, to free agent signings that were never more than has-beens, Seattle desperately sought that missing element. For a short stretch, it appeared they found one in Thomas Rawls. Unfortunately, he also was lost to injury his rookie season, and never appeared to recover.
Since Rawls, numerous running backs have hailed a the “next one” and the same number have failed to deliver consistently. To begin 2017, it wasn’t a high draft choice, or a “big” (and I do mean big) free agent signing, or even the recovering Rawls who lined up for the first snap in Lambeau Field. Instead, it was an unheralded seventh-round draft choice that most pundits considered a “bubble” player and unlikely to make the team.
Few paid much attention to Chris Carson, and many, for some reason, still don’t. The Seattle Seahawks quite possibly found a replacement for Lynch. It has been an exceedingly painful experience for the team and their fans to find a new “Bell Cow” back.