Chris Carson

Chris Carson

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Seattle Seahawks
IR
Injury Neck
Est. Return 3/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Carson's physical running style is slowly taking a bigger toll on him. After missing three games the prior two years, he missed four in 2020 due to a foot injury that lingered through the final weeks. When he was on the field, he was more efficient than ever and produced a career-high 4.8 yards per carry, but his volume was also significantly lower as coach Pete Carroll finally let Russell Wilson cook ... at least for a couple months. Carson has never been a particularly elusive back, preferring to lower his shoulders and plow through tacklers, but he got more help from a slowly improving Seahawks offensive line last year, with his 2.7 average yards before contact nearly a full yard better than the season before. He's also turned himself into an adequate pass catcher, though he'll never be a true asset in that area. Seattle has assembled a committee of backs who bring slightly different things to the table. That could mean another low-volume campaign for Carson even at the top of the depth chart as he shares snaps with Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer. Of course, the whole group has never been healthy at once, so finding playing time for them all hasn't been a problem. Carson's the best of the bunch, but the gap may not be as large as their respective resumes would suggest. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $10.43 million contract with the Seahawks in March of 2021.
Neck surgery imminent
RBSeattle Seahawks
Neck
November 22, 2021
Carson is slated to undergo disc fusion surgery on his neck and should be healthy "late in the spring," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle on Monday.
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The news confirms Carson's season is over after the running back struggled to recover from neck soreness that first surfaced Week 5. Carroll's comments indicate Carson should complete his recovery from the procedure in time for at least part of the offseason program, but it'll be interesting to see the composition of the Seahawks backfield following free agency and the draft. Carson currently is under contract through 2023, while Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas have deals through 2022 and 2023, respectively. While Carson remains sidelined, Seattle will continue to roll with Alex Collins as its lead ballcarrier.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Chris Carson's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
5.6%
 
Positive Run %
88.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
63.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.7
 
Rushing TD %
5.6%
 
Touches Per Game
15.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
49.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-3.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.12
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.6%
 
% Team Targets
2.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.3
 
% Targeted On Route
0.3%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.01
 
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Snap Counts
Snap %
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23522%
6629%
12212%
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11111%
3516%
858%
4420%
464%
84%
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
82.3
 
Cornerbacks
85.2
 
Safeties
75.7
 
Linebackers
79.9
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
2017
A season-ending hip injury in Week 16 marred what was otherwise another strong campaign for Carson in 2019. While he was expected to lose touches to Rashaad Penny, he instead held off his challenger and saw an even bigger workload than he had the year before, as he showed a little more utility in the passing game while retaining his lead role on the ground. Carson does not do anything fancy with the ball, but his size (5-11, 222) and physical running style make him a load to bring down - he finished top 7 in broken tackles in both 2018 and 2019. He also averaged 2.6 yards per carry after contact last year, good for ninth in the league. With Penny recovering from an ACL tear and unlikely to be healthy for Week 1, Carson perhaps has less competition for snaps to begin the season, though the Seahawks drafted DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round and signed Carlos Hyde. Assuming his workload remains steady, there's still room for improvement in Carson's numbers, as he saw only nine carries from inside the 5-yard line last year - about half his 2018 total. He needs to stay healthy and prove he's fully recovered from the fractured hip, but more goal-line work would give the fourth-year RB a shot at double-digit touchdowns in addition to his consistent yardage.
In many ways, Carson is the perfect running back for the Seahawks. Seattle's much-maligned offensive line improved at run blocking last year with the additions of guard D.J. Fluker and new position coach Mike Solari, but it was still convenient to have a lead back who prefers running through people rather than waiting for holes to develop. The Oklahoma State product actually led the NFL in broken tackles on rushes in 2018 (39 put him one ahead of Saquon Barkley and Derrick Henry) and while that running style makes Carson more susceptible to injury, the results last year were impressive once he seized the No. 1 job for good in Week 3. He finished with Seattle's first 1,000-yard season since Marshawn Lynch in 2014, reviving a moribund rushing attack with the help of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Carson doesn't have any other standout traits besides power, however, and a lack of pass-catching skill limits his overall upside. Rashaad Penny, the 27th overall pick in last year's draft, will push hard for more touches this season, but the duo have a lot in common in terms of their skill sets, so a traditional runner/receiver timeshare won't necessarily develop. More likely, coach Pete Carroll will let his running backs battle for carries, which could lead to solid season totals for both in the league's most run-heavy offense but frustration for fantasy owners when it comes to guessing which player will come out on top any given week.
Carson, a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma State last year, won the starting job in the Seahawks' backfield in training camp and put together a solid four-week run before breaking his leg and ending his season. It's easy to see what the coaching staff liked about the rookie, as he runs with tackle-breaking power behind a 5-11, 218-pound frame and seems to welcome contact without hesitation. The downside is that he doesn't make many defenders miss, and an injury history that dates back to his junior year in college suggests he might not be able to withstand the pounding his running style attracts. Carson also doesn't offer much in passing situations, limiting his role primarily to early downs and short-yardage spots. The selection of Rashaad Penny in the first round leaves Carson in a tricky spot, though the second-year pro did open training camp with the starting offense. With Penny now uncertain for Week 1 while recovering from a broken finger, Carson is on track to open the season as Seattle's starting running back. Of course, the battle for carries may just be getting started.
It appears as if the Seahawks will opt to have a running back by committee in 2017 with Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise all capable of leading the charge. Beyond that, Seattle has a handful of young backs competing for limited roster spots, and Carson, a seventh-round selection, will have to separate himself from the crowd if he hopes to remain on the roster come September. While he failed to record major stats at Oklahoma State, the 22-year-old performed admirably during the combine, running a 4.58-second 40 while posting a 37-inch vertical and 130-inch broad jump, but don't expect him to see major reps in 2017.
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Scheduled for season-ending surgery
RBSeattle Seahawks
Neck
November 19, 2021
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Carson (neck) will soon have season-ending surgery, though Carroll is confident the running back will return in 2022, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
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Not progressing as hoped
RBSeattle Seahawks
Neck
November 17, 2021
Carson won't practice Wednesday, with head coach Pete Carroll noting that the running back hasn't progressed in his recovery from a neck injury the way the Seahawks had hoped, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
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Status remains unknown
RBSeattle Seahawks
Neck
November 15, 2021
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the Seahawks will be "revisiting" Carson's (neck) status Wednesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Won't return in Week 10
RBSeattle Seahawks
Neck
November 12, 2021
The Seahawks won't activate Carson (neck) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's contest at Green Bay, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "We don't feel like it's time yet, so we're going to keep him out," Carroll said Friday.
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Likely game-time call
RBSeattle Seahawks
Neck
November 12, 2021
Carson (neck) is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game at Green Bay, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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