Now that the Thomas Rawls era has officially begun in Seattle, the Seahawks’ focus now turns to who will complement the young back. Last season when Marshawn Lynch went down with his abdominal injury, Seattle had the luxury of having a stable of capable backs in the likes of Fred Jackson, Christine Michael, and Rawls himself. With a rotation like that there was no cause for concern, but now Lynch is retired, Rawls is recovering from a broken ankle, and Jackson and Michael are free agents.
Fortunately for the Seahawks, Christine Michael is a restricted free agent and coach Pete Carroll has expressed interest in bringing the three year pro back. Bringing Michael back would definitely lessen the blow of losing an all pro like Lynch, but traditionally, Seattle likes to carry a three headed combo at the running back position and if they decide not to resign Jackson, who will turn 35, they will certainly look to free agency to add some veteran presence. This is where Joique Bell could come in.
Released early this week by the Detroit Lions, Joique Bell has a reputation for being a hard hitting runner who fights for every yard which would make him a natural fit in Seattle. Although he rushed for a career low 311 yards and four touchdowns while battling injuries in 2015, Bell could come in and fill the same role as Jackson did last season, providing the Seahawks with another threat on third downs.
Couple that with the return of tight end Jimmy Graham to the starting lineup (assuming they figure out exactly how to use the talented tight end), and Seattle’s offense should be able to pick up where they left as they strive to return to form and and make it to their third super bowl in four years.