You’ve surely seen the news that the Jacksonville Jaguars waived Leonard Fournette. You may have then thought, “I wonder if the Seahawks could use him?”
The answer to that question is a resounding no.
The Seahawks are just fine at running back with Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and DeeJay Dallas. Carson’s hip is fully healthy and Pete Carroll has raved about the additions of Hyde and Dallas.
Seattle’s head coach gushed about Dallas on Sunday. The rookie running back has been one of the rising stars of training camp and has the Seahawks feeling very good about the 2020 fourth-round pick.
“He’s been a stud,” Carroll said. “He hasn’t missed anything. He’s taken tons of snaps. He’s picked things up really well. He catches the ball really well. We had a pass protection drill, and I’m excited to see the film on that one. He’s working hard there.
“Right from the first few days he was with us, Russ and the coaches felt confident in him. He runs routes really well and catches the ball beautifully. That gave him a leg up on his start. He’s done everything quite well.”
Carroll added that Dallas is also in the mix as a returner.
The moral of the story is this. Seattle has two guys in Carson and Hyde who are proven veterans capable of carrying a full workload. They’ll already be splitting touches to a certain degree. Then you add in an exciting rookie like Dallas who has earned reps on third-down, and you’re set at the position.
Injuries are always a possibility, but the Seahawks can cross that bridge if and when such a time arrives. Fournette isn’t a player you bring in as insurance. He’s a former first-round pick who will want a sizeable role immediately in order to prove the Jaguars were in the wrong for letting him go.
Hopefully he gets that chance in short order, I just don’t think it will be in Seattle.