Chris Carson
Chris Carson
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Seattle Seahawks
Injury Knee
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In many ways, Carson is the perfect back for the Seahawks. Seattle's much-maligned offensive line improved at run blocking last year, but having a lead back who is more interested in running through people rather than waiting for holes to develop is a great fit when those holes don't open. The Oklahoma State product actually led the NFL in broken tackles on rushes in 2018 - his 58 was two ahead of Saquon Barkley - and while that running style makes Carson more susceptible to injury, the results last year were impressive once he seized the No. 1 job for good in Week 3. He finished with Seattle's first 1,000-yard season since Marshawn Lynch in 2014, reviving a moribund rushing attack. He doesn't have any other standout traits as a runner, however, and he doesn't provide much value as a receiver, limiting his overall upside. Rashaad Penny, the 27th overall pick in last year's draft, will push hard for more touches, but the duo have a lot in common in terms of their skill sets, so a traditional runner/receiver timeshare isn't likely to develop. More likely, coach Pete Carroll will let his running backs battle for carries, which could lead to solid season totals for both but frustration when it comes to guessing which player will come out on top any given week. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.47 million contract with the Seahawks in May of 2017.
Recovering from knee concern
RBSeattle Seahawks
May 21, 2019
Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Carson "had a little work done" on his knee, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Carroll didn't elaborate on the aforementioned "work," but he expects Carson to return to the field in a few weeks. While he focuses on rehab and recovery, his backfield mates will get some high-profile reps during OTAs. Among the most interesting is 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny, who managed 494 yards from scrimmage and two TDs on 94 touches working behind Carson and current Bears back Mike Davis. The depth chart is rounded out by J.D. McKissic, C.J. Prosise (abdomen) and 2019 sixth-rounder Travis Homer.
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How do Chris Carson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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Air Yards Per Snap
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% Team Targets
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Drop Rate
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2018 Chris Carson Split Stats
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Carson, a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma State last year, won the starting job in the Seahawks' backfield in training camp and put together a solid four-week run before breaking his leg and ending his season. It's easy to see what the coaching staff liked about the rookie, as he runs with tackle-breaking power behind a 5-11, 218-pound frame and seems to welcome contact without hesitation. The downside is that he doesn't make many defenders miss, and an injury history that dates back to his junior year in college suggests he might not be able to withstand the pounding his running style attracts. Carson also doesn't offer much in passing situations, limiting his role primarily to early downs and short-yardage spots. The selection of Rashaad Penny in the first round leaves Carson in a tricky spot, though the second-year pro did open training camp with the starting offense. With Penny now uncertain for Week 1 while recovering from a broken finger, Carson is on track to open the season as Seattle's starting running back. Of course, the battle for carries may just be getting started.
It appears as if the Seahawks will opt to have a running back by committee in 2017 with Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise all capable of leading the charge. Beyond that, Seattle has a handful of young backs competing for limited roster spots, and Carson, a seventh-round selection, will have to separate himself from the crowd if he hopes to remain on the roster come September. While he failed to record major stats at Oklahoma State, the 22-year-old performed admirably during the combine, running a 4.58-second 40 while posting a 37-inch vertical and 130-inch broad jump, but don't expect him to see major reps in 2017.
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Not guaranteed No. 1 job
RBSeattle Seahawks
March 1, 2019
Coach Pete Carroll said Carson will be pushed for playing time by Rashaad Penny, but he expects the pair to form a one-two punch, John Boyle of the Seahawks official site reports. "I don't know who's one and who's two, it doesn't matter to me. I thought both guys did a really good job this year," Carroll said. "There's plenty of room for both guys."
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Nowhere to run during loss
RBSeattle Seahawks
January 5, 2019
Carson generated 20 yards on 13 carries and minus-1 yard on two catches in Saturday's playoff loss to the Cowboys.
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Over 100 yards rushing once again
RBSeattle Seahawks
December 30, 2018
Carson ran for 122 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, adding a seven-yard reception during Sunday's 27-24 win against the Cardinals.
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Reaches paydirt twice
RBSeattle Seahawks
December 23, 2018
Carson rushed 27 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.
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Best outing of season
RBSeattle Seahawks
December 16, 2018
Carson rushed 22 times for 119 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's overtime loss to the 49ers. He also caught all six targets for 29 yards.
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