If there was any doubt who would be the starting running back in Seattle, there isn’t now. I think most people already assumed Chris Carson was the guy heading into the season. However, it didn’t impossible that Carlos Hyde could gain control of the starting role. Don’t forget how great Hyde was a year ago.
There is no doubt now. Hyde recently had a video call with reporters. He essentially said he’s battling for the backup role:
“It’s probably an open competition for that second role,” Hyde said on a video call with reporters Monday. “Me personally, I don’t think there’s probably an open competition for the starting role. I think everybody knows who the starting running back is for Seattle, and that’s Carson. I knew that before I even signed into Seattle, that he is the guy. Would coach (Pete) Carroll change his mind? Maybe. I don’t really know. I know maybe the second spot is open. Maybe the first spot. I’m going to come in there and compete for the first spot, make sure I solidify myself and go from there. I’m not really sure what’s the plan.”
Regardless, signing with Seattle was a great call by Carlos Hyde. Carson is a player that’s been hurt in the past and I’m sure they want to limit his workload anyway. Rashaad Penny is already going to start the season on the PUP list. Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas are the only notable names on the roster. Maybe Marshawn Lynch returns again but that seems doubtful.
Hyde, 30, was awesome in 2019. The former Ohio State running back set career highs in carries (245), rushing yards (1,070) and touches (255) in 2019 with the Texans.