Christine Michael gives Seahawks rare backfield combination of speed and power

Published on September 2, 2013 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

Seattle Seahawks top draft pick, running back Christine Michael runs the ball during practice drills at Seattle Seahawks NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

One of the first things you notice about Christine Michael: His handshake.

It’s a stop-you-midsentence-to-see-if-your-hand-is-still-there handshake, and it leaves you wondering: Is he shaking yourhandor trying to vaporize it? It’s a fitting introduction for a player whose running style draws similar reactions.

“He’s 100 percent a man,” NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said. “That’s a full-grown man right there.”

Michael’s been the talk of the preseason, both locally and nationally, because when he’s played, he’s showed the potential to be a featured back. But there’s more to the position than raw ability, and it’s on those grounds that coach Pete Carroll throws up caution signs.

“He has made a really flashy first impression, and we are really excited about it,” Carroll said. “But he doesn’t have the whole thing yet. He’s got a lot of work to do, and he’s not always reading things properly. But he surely shows us the suddenness that makes you feel like he’s going to bust something.”

Take Thursday’s exhibition finale against Oakland. The Raiders corralled Michael for just 15 yards on 13 carries. It wasn’t his fault alone – the backup offensive line struggled most of the night – but Michael didn’t help his cause.

“It didn’t feel like he was roaring up in there,” Carroll said. “It felt like he was looking and trying to get some cutbacks and was kind of impatient with his reads.”

He also did this: He rumbled for 21 yards after catching a screen pass, but the highlight came at the end of the run. He zeroed in on Oakland safety Shelton Johnson in the open field, lowered his shoulder and sent Johnson’s helmet flying on impact.

It’s that cutthroat combination of speed and power that leaves people gushing, but those traits come with an asterisk.

He’s behind as a pass blocker and pass catcher, something Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin do better. He also needs to read what’s happening at the line of scrimmage better when he carries the ball.

The flash is there, but if he doesn’t become more reliable, his playing time this year could be limited.

via SEATTLE: Christine Michael gives Seahawks rare backfield combination of speed and power | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune.

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

Rice

Seahawks bring back receiver Sidney Rice

Wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Seahawks. Rice ...
122220

Seahawks with the most to gain: Bruce Irvin

Room to grow.Seattle has plenty of it, which seems odd to say considering the Seahawks are coming off ...
628x471

Kaepernick, Lockette being investigated for ‘suspicious incident’

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is being investigated along with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...
140409-preseason-600-beauty

Seahawks preseason schedule announced, features Super Bowl rematch with Denver Broncos

Seahawks preseason features matchups with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders. While not quite ...
140408-ms-opener-trophy-600

Super Bowl champion Seahawks celebrated at Seattle Mariners home opener

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks were honored during a special ceremony prior to the Seattle Mariners' home ...
etjml.AuSt.5

Extension shows Seahawks believe in Carroll-Schneider ‘lovefest’

Friday’s gathering at Seahawks headquarters wasn’t as much about a new contract as it was a renewal of ...
140404-carroll-presser-600

Pete Carroll agrees to new three-year deal with Seahawks

Entering the final year of his original five-year contract, head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a new ...
140403chancellor660

A happy, water-filled birthday to Kam Chancellor

Thursday is Kam Chancellor’s 26th birthday, and the Seahawks’ All-Pro strong safety is asking you to celebrate by ...

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