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Breaking Down the Seahawks Position-by-Position: Running Back

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 26:  Julius Jones #22of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 26, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Lars HansonAnalyst IMay 11, 2009

Last offseason, the Seahawks' number one priority was to add a number one running back. Since they already had Maurice Morris. they wound up signing Julius Jones and T.J Duckett.

 

Current running backs on the Seahawks roster include: Julius Jones (27), T.J Duckett (28), Justin Forsett (23), and Devin Moore (23).

 

Last season, the Seahawks' new running back Julius Jones was the starting running back for the Seahawks weeks 1-7. Then, for the rest of the season, it was Maurice Morris who is now in Detroit along with Julian Peterson. Jones had 698 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Maurice Morris had 574 yards rushing and zero touchdowns.

 

This season, new head coach Jim Mora has added new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp who used to be in Oakland and was with Mora in Atlanta.

 

Every team he’s been with has not finished less than 10th in the NFL for running backs. When he was in Oakland he made Justin Fargas, who was nothing, into a pretty good running back.

 

I think if given the chance, Julius Jones could be the same as Fargas. I could see Jones being a top 10 running back in the NFL with Knapp’s offensive scheme.

 

Now, what Seahawks fans would love to see happen is Kansas City releasing running back Larry Johnson and the Seahawks signing him.

 

The Seahawks have about seven million in cap room left after all of their signings. I think Hasselbeck, if Johnson is released, should restructure his contract to give the Seahawks a little bit more room to sign him.

 

It would benefit Hasselbeck. He would have a true number one running back, just like Shaun Alexander. Plus, in Knapp’s offensive scheme, the Seahawks, along with their passing game, could have one of the top five offenses in the NFL.

 

Of course, that’s if they sign Johnson if he’s released. Which has been rumored.

 

2009 projected starting running back: Julius Jones (unless KC releases Johnson and the Seahawks sign him and then it easily becomes Johnson).

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