The Seahawks are very impressed with 4th round pick Robert Turbin, as they should be. After all, he is 5th in preseason rushing yards, with 151 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries, including 93 yards on 14 carries against the Chiefs last week. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Head Coach Pete Carroll said about Turbin, “He’s a really good football player. I’m so happy with the draft pick. We went out to get a guy who could complement Marshawn and could give us good, hard-nosed running, and he’s shown exactly that.”
It sounds like Turbin not only is the clear #2 back in Seattle behind Marshawn Lynch, but that he’ll eat in Lynch’s workload more than backups Leon Washington and Justin Forsett did last year (they combined for 99 carries). This is consistent with what we’ve seen in the preseason as Turbin has been sprinkled in with the 1st team. On top of that, Turbin could see a couple starts because Lynch is not always the most reliable when it comes to injuries.
The Seahawks figure to be one of the most conservative teams in the league this year with a dual threat 3rd round rookie quarterback so there will be plenty of carries for Lynch and Turbin to go around. Wilson will also help open things up on the ground for them with his own running ability. Lynch is a low end RB1/high end RB2 and Turbin represents a very strong sleeper at his current ADP in the 13th round, especially for Lynch owners as a handcuff.
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