In the Seahawks’ most recent win over the Packers, many things looked ugly for Seattle.
Not among those things was Running Back Christine Michael, the second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M.
Michael seemingly could no wrong Friday night, accruing 97 rushing yards on 11 carries, and a one-handed reception for 23 yards on a screen pass. For those of you counting at home, Michael accrued 10 yards every time he touched the ball.
The young RB employed superb decision making when choosing holes to run through, and cut back across the line-of-scrimmage when necessary. Michael possesses phenomenal stop-and-start ability, which allows him to redirect on runs almost instantaneously. His elite speed combined with a plethora of Madden-esque juke/spin moves allowed Michael to do damage in the secondary once he squirted through the line of scrimmage. In short, Michael has physical ability off the charts, and is apparently grasping the complicated Zone Blocking scheme as well.
Effectively, Christine Michael is earning himself playing time with his preseason. Marshawn Lynch is the certain starter and star of the team, and backup Robert Turbin served very well as a change of pace back. But though Turbin is effective and sound, Michael is simply shining. In two preseason games, the rookie has shined to the point where it seems like the backup RB job is his for the taking. He could see significant carries this year as Seattle looks to save Marshawn Lynch’s legs for the entire season. A few years down the road, it looks as if Christine Michael would be more than ready to take the reigns from Lynch.
Just like Russell Wilson a season ago, Christine Michael is forcing people to notice him with his play. And just like Russell Wilson, Michael should be a pleasure to watch this season.