Seahawks' backfield candidates gearing up for competition

Published on May 4, 2010 by     Seahawk Fanatic

That was the approach coach Pete Carroll took after LenDale White said his weight was under 230 pounds.

“We’ll see,” Carroll joked.

The proof was in a lack of pudding. White, acquired by the Seattle Seahawks in a trade last week, arrived in Seattle in such good shape that he lost 7 pounds between interviews on Friday. He told reporters that he weighed about 225 pounds, and not 15 minutes later his coach had him pegged a few dozen Happy Meals under that.

“He looks great,” Carroll said of White, whom he coached at USC. “He’s 218. I can’t remember him ever being that light. I don’t think he was that light when we recruited him.”

Less is more — at least for White. For Seattle’s backfield? Not so much.

Seattle already had Justin Forsett and Julius Jones on the roster when it traded for White and Leon Washington on the final day of the draft. Now, there’s not a logjam at the position so much as a free-for-all.

“Right now, we don’t have a depth chart,” said Jeremy Bates, Seattle’s offensive coordinator. “It’s still early. We’re just giving them all the rock and letting ‘em run. Come September 12, we’ll know who’s our starting running back.”

Washington was an explosive back with the New York Jets, returning three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2007 and catching 47 passes in 2008. He is recovering from a broken leg and will be on the field when training camp begins if his recovery timetable holds.

White is a former second-round pick who rushed for 1,110 yards in 2007, his second year in the league. He was out of shape and out of Tennessee’s rotation by last season, though, and was grateful to get a fresh start with a familiar face in Carroll.

“This is my guy,” White said. “It’s exciting to come back and play with a guy that I’m so familiar with.”

Forsett and Jones aren’t familiar with the coach, but they are with the franchise. Forsett led Seattle with an average of 5.4 yards per carry last season, and Jones is in his third year in Seattle, playing for his third different coach. He is lighter this season at 207 pounds, down from about 215 a year ago.

What was his reaction to last week’s additions?

“Business as usual,” Jones said.

“This is the NFL,” he added. “Things happen. Competition is a part of it.”

That’s exactly what Carroll has been saying, and it’s hard to see any position in Seattle that will be more competitive than running back.

Forsett and Jones are playing to hold on to their roles. Free-agent pickup Quinton Ganther is also practicing. Washington is playing on a one-year contract, as is White, who spent the past two seasons buried on Tennessee’s depth chart behind Chris Johnson.

“I’ve come here to play and start,” White said. “I didn’t come here to sit the bench no more. I’m going to do everything I can in my power to win football games and start.”

There isn’t a runner among those backs who doesn’t feel that way, and White said he wouldn’t expect anything less.

“Competition isn’t going to do nothing but bring out the best of all of us,” White said.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

072514receivers600

For Seahawks’ wide-outs, it’s better to receive than to give

Doug Baldwin got past cornerback Byron Maxwell along the sideline to run down a long touchdown pass from ...
Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) during pre game warmups against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Carroll on Marshawn Lynch holdout: We expect him to honor his contract

If Marshawn Lynch is holding out in hopes of getting a raise, he might be holding out for ...
download

Marshawn Lynch will hold out of Seahawks camp

Marshawn Lynch will not be in attendance when the Seattle Seahawks open training camp. Former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson ...
sidneyarticle

Sidney Rice announces his retirement from the NFL

Sidney Rice walked away from what has been his life and into a new chapter of his life ...
BtHgrQLCEAAD8Mo

Marshawn Lynch Reportedly Uses Velvet Ropes When Parking His Lambo

Parking a Lamborghini on the street can be risky, so it's best to do as much as possible ...
140720mmm660

Seattle says what happened last season is history

Soon after the parade and television appearances and celebrations were over, the message changed for the Seattle Seahawks. Winning ...
140721-wagner-round-up-660

Bobby Wagner graces list of Top 10 inside linebackers

Bobby Wagner One Of NFL's Top 10 Inside Linebackers Former Seahawks scout turned NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks continues his ...
20130511_90-Williams_SHWK_AA0374_01

Seahawks’ Williams hopes to make impact at DT

Climbing up Jesse Williams’ right calf is his most recent tattoo. He’s a large man — 6-foot-3 and 312 ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz