Chris Carson
Chris Carson
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Seattle Seahawks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A season-ending hip injury in Week 16 marred what was otherwise another strong campaign for Carson in 2019. While he was expected to lose touches to Rashaad Penny, he instead held off his challenger and saw an even bigger workload than he had the year before, as he showed a little more utility in the passing game while retaining his lead role on the ground. Carson does not do anything fancy with the ball, but his size (5-11, 222) and physical running style make him a load to bring down - he finished top 7 in broken tackles in both 2018 and 2019. He also averaged 2.6 yards per carry after contact last year, good for ninth in the league. With Penny recovering from an ACL tear and unlikely to be healthy for Week 1, Carson perhaps has less competition for snaps to begin the season, though the Seahawks drafted DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round and signed Carlos Hyde. Assuming his workload remains steady, there's still room for improvement in Carson's numbers, as he saw only nine carries from inside the 5-yard line last year - about half his 2018 total. He needs to stay healthy and prove he's fully recovered from the fractured hip, but more goal-line work would give the fourth-year RB a shot at double-digit touchdowns in addition to his consistent yardage. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year contract with the Seahawks in March of 2021.
Returning to Seattle
RBSeattle Seahawks
March 19, 2021
The Seahawks and Carson agreed to a contract Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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With his return to Seattle settled, Carson again will rise to the top of the running back depth chart. He posted back-to-back seasons with at least 1,300 yards from scrimmage and exactly nine touchdowns in 2018 and 2019, but an injury-plagued campaign last fall limited him to 968 total yards and nine more scores in 12 games. Carson will look to get back to his form from a few years ago in 2021.
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How do Chris Carson's 2020 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.
Broken Tackle %
14.9%
 
Positive Run %
87.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
57.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
3.5%
 
Touches Per Game
14.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
44.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
4.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.12
 
% Team Air Yards
1.1%
 
% Team Targets
8.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
80.4%
 
Drop Rate
6.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.3
 
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Snap Counts
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#% of Team Snaps

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27725%
14613%
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525%
383%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
In many ways, Carson is the perfect running back for the Seahawks. Seattle's much-maligned offensive line improved at run blocking last year with the additions of guard D.J. Fluker and new position coach Mike Solari, but it was still convenient to have a lead back who prefers running through people rather than waiting for holes to develop. The Oklahoma State product actually led the NFL in broken tackles on rushes in 2018 (39 put him one ahead of Saquon Barkley and Derrick Henry) 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 with the help of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Carson doesn't have any other standout traits besides power, however, and a lack of pass-catching skill limits his overall upside. Rashaad Penny, the 27th overall pick in last year's draft, will push hard for more touches this season, but the duo have a lot in common in terms of their skill sets, so a traditional runner/receiver timeshare won't necessarily develop. More likely, coach Pete Carroll will let his running backs battle for carries, which could lead to solid season totals for both in the league's most run-heavy offense but frustration for fantasy owners when it comes to guessing which player will come out on top any given week.
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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Headed for free agency
RBSeattle Seahawks
March 9, 2021
Carson isn't getting a franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Rushes for 77 yards in loss
RBSeattle Seahawks
January 9, 2021
Carson rushed 16 times for 77 yards and caught one of two targets for five yards in Saturday's 30-20 wild-card loss to the Rams.
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Clear for wild-card round
RBSeattle Seahawks
January 7, 2021
Carson (foot) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Rams, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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Upgrades to limited participation
RBSeattle Seahawks
Foot
January 6, 2021
Carson (foot) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Starts week with DNP
RBSeattle Seahawks
Foot
January 5, 2021
Carson (foot) was a non-participant at Tuesday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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