Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael had his NFL debut against the San Diego Chargers Thursday night. He ended up getting the most playing time on offense, playing all four quarters while starter Marshawn Lynch made a token cameo with just two plays. Michael rushed 16 times for 89 yards, good for 5.6 yards per carry. The second-round pick was also on kick returns, but didn't take any out of the end zone.
After the game, head coach Pete Carroll was pleased with the performance of his second-round rookie. From the Tacoma News Tribune:
"We weren't going to get frustrated with what happened early, and just (kept) sticking to it," Carroll said. "He bounced the ball well outside on his long run - had a couple of nice runs. He's got a long way to go, but he ran hard, looked quick and made some guys miss. So I think it's a very good first game for him."
Fantasy impact: The Seahawks raised eyebrows when they took Michael in the NFL Draft, mostly because they already had Robert Turbin in the fold. But Michael has been impressing coaches in training camp and may have more long-term upside than Turbin, who is dealing with a foot injury and didn't play Thursday.
The battle is on for the No 2 running back job in Seattle, and right now Michael may have the edge over Turbin. He's worth a late-round flier as Lynch's main handcuff.