The Seattle Seahawks currently have a mighty interesting starter's battle going on at camp between running backs Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls.
Lacy is the new guy in town, a former 1,000-yard rusher in Green Bay who somewhat fell off the wagon over the past few years. Rawls is the incumbent starter after Marshawn Lynch left town, but his performance last year wasn't really what fans needed out of a starting back.
Per CBS Sports, "though completely healthy, Rawls finds a challenger worthy of his tough-running mantle. Someone who not only can wrestle away his starting job but his place within the grand scheme of the Seahawks' running back legacy altogether."
Lacy, meanwhile, need to stay healthy and in shape.
"Peak Lacy has reached heights even Rawls himself can't boast in his young career. Lacy posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his first two campaigns, along with 20 touchdowns while appearing in 31 of 32 games. Rawls may have run for 1,000 yards as a rookie had it not been for a fractured ankle. Instead, in 13 games, he ran for 830 yards."
"In fact, despite surgery, Lacy's injury history reads much cleaner. In two years of action, Rawls has missed at least three games in both years and 10 games overall. Meanwhile, last season was the first year in which Lacy had a season cut short. Instead, a weight issue in 2015 almost doomed his career and just as he was returning to form, the ankle injury ended his 2016 campaign 11 games early."
"Red marks aside, either back could fit into the tight mold that gives the Seahawks offense life -- an authority on the ground that softens defenses. A mold desperately needed. The Seahawks ranked just 24th in yards per carry and 25th in total rushing yards, last season," concluded CBS Sports.
Here's what the news outlet figures each running back will contribute this season:
Eddie Lacy: 181 carries, 663 yards, 3.7 YPC, 4 TDs
Thomas Rawls: 127 carries, 518 yards, 4.1 YPC, 5 TDs