Thursday Round-Up: Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson & Thomas Rawls Make Up One of NFL's Top 5 Backfields

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Oct. 15 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks Among NFL's Top 5 Backfields

Sam Monson at ProFootballFocus.com penned an Insider piece for ESPN.com ranking the NFL's top five rushing attacks in 2015 and the Seahawks' running back trio of Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, and Thomas Rawls is Monson's fifth and final mention. Here's what Monson had to say about the Seahawks:

Seattle's backfield is a mixed bag of acquisitions. Marshawn Lynch was a former first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills before being traded to Seattle for a couple of mid-round picks, becoming Beastmode, and securing himself a big-money deal from the team. Fred Jackson was an underrated stud for years before being let go by the Bills and picked up by the Seahawks to reunite with his old teammate Lynch, and Thomas Rawls was an undrafted rookie free agent when signed back in May this year.

Lynch has been arguably the league's best back over the past few seasons despite a Seattle offensive line that has been iffy at best. He has been effective this year but has suffered from a couple of injuries that have kept him on the shelf. Jackson has been similarly banged up, leading the Seahawks to lean on Rawls, who has been executing a pretty good Beastmode impression so far. Rawls is averaging 2.8 yards per carry after contact and has broken seven tackles in 58 carries. Of his 326 yards, 223 of them (68 percent) have come between the tackles despite not a single member of the Seattle offensive line grading positively at PFF so far this season.

Also appearing on Monson's ranks are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and St. Louis Rams.

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Tweet Of The Day

Today's 'Tweet of the Day' comes from NFL on ESPN, as it shares a new Bose headphones ad starring Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Seattle-area hip-hop artist Macklemore.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle says the Seahawks offensive line is hoping to build on its best game to date, passes along injury updates from Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch, Bobby Wagner, and more, and catches up with former Huskies linebacker Shaq Thompson, who's returning to Seattle to face the Seahawks as a member of the Carolina Panthers this weekend.

The Seahawks signed cornerback Crezdon Butler and linebacker Nick Moody yesterday, waiving wideout B.J. Daniels and running back Rod Smith.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is campaigning for kicker Steven Hauschka to make the 2016 Pro Bowl.

Scott Engel at RotoExperts.com outlines what fantasy football fans can expect from Sunday's game between the Seahawks and Panthers.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks defense will be tested by another one of the NFL's top tight ends this week.

They first met in 2000. They last met last year in NFC Divisional Playoff. See the photos from both games and every game in between before the Seahawks and Panthers face-off this Sunday at CenturyLink Field. 

Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune profiles the versatile Will Tukuafu, who has played offense, defense, and special teams for Seattle.

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan says punters and kickers are football players, too.

Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith says Marshawn Lynch hasn't lost a step.

Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com pegs Panthers quarterback Cam Newton as his person of interest heading into Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com says K.J. Wright is prepared to play middle linebacker if Bobby Wagner (pectoral) is unable to play this week.

Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com says the Seahawks held a separate team meeting Wednesday to talk about finishing ballgames. Kapadia also shares five thoughts from Sunday's loss to the Bengals after reviewing the game film.

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