If Pete Carroll’s answers to questions about Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch drew most of the attention from his media session at the NFL league meetings earlier this week, the giddiness of his comments about two other players — Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls — was also hard to ignore. As Carroll noted, this time a year ago, Graham and Rawls were each limited in their off-season work, resigned to rehabbing from significant injuries that had knocked them out the year before. But this off-season, each is healthy and Carroll seemed like he could hardly contain his excitement at that thought. As he also could have noted but didn’t, it’s also the first full off-season for each healthy and as a Seahawk. Two years ago, Rawls didn’t join the team until signing as an undrafted free agent following the draft while Graham was traded to the Seahawks in March. But this year, each headed into the off-season with a clear understanding of what the team expects and a full off-season to try to get that done. Carroll, asked about Rawls, noted the two broken legs he suffered in 2015 and then early 2016 (the broken ankle in 2015 and a fibula in the second game of 2016. “Two broken legs since the last time he played (a full season),” Carroll said “Broke a leg, got it repaired, came back, broke a leg again (he slammed the table with his hand as he mentioned each leg). Different break. He’s going to be extraordinarily different, just the way that he’s stepped into the offseason. He’s fit and ready to go. Last offseason, he was in a boot, on crutches and limping.” Throw in a healthy Rawls with newly-acquired Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise in his second year — and also healthy after a variety of injuries as a rookie — and Seattle’s backfield looks much more stable than a year ago this time.
One reason for Pete Carroll’s optimism? Improved health of Jimmy Graham, Thomas Rawls
Seattle Times | Apr 1