Michael To Take Page Out of Silver Linings Playbook
It is certainly a shot to the groin. Here you have this exciting team, and then you add one of the most exciting players to it, only to be hurt before the season even begins.
It’s kind of like your parents getting you that Nintendo 64 you had always wanted, letting you unwrap it and then taking a sledgehammer to it right before your youthful eyes.
But that doesn’t change the fact that you still have a Super Nintendo and Playstation to keep you entertained – more 90s video game references you say?
We can go on without Percy Harvin, but he isn’t the only one sitting out of practices. In fact, there were 20 in all, including names such as Zach Miller and Sidney Rice (who is apparently getting a blood injection treatment in Switzerland that isn’t allowed in the US).
Seahawks had 20 players sitting out today. But Carroll said all but Harvin should be ready for the season.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 1, 2013
Most of these are likely precautionary, and the players will be ready to go by week one. But for now, while the starters sit, there is a silver lining in the mix – the gaping window of opportunity for the young bucks. Who will step up to the challenge? Keep an eye on Christine Michael.
Players have been stepping up in the starters’ absences – i.e. Chris Harper – on offense, defense and even special teams. Harvin’s injury leaves a void in several areas on the roster, considering his versatility. He is known as one of the most electrifying return men in the game.
With Leon Washington now in New England, Percy was likely to fill his shoes. Now someone will need to rise to the occasion.
Christine Michael was drafted with the Seahawks’ first pick of 2013 because of his raw athleticism and domination in the NFL combine. If there is ever a scenario to show off your athletic ability, it is putting the ball in your hands with an open field.
Pete Carroll spoke of this position battle after Thursday’s practice, and praised Michael’s ability:
“He’s done nothing but good stuff. He’s very quick, lightning quick, a really good worker, he finishes, he makes an impression to you all the time about how he’s willing to bust his tail to get down the field and finish runs, finish blocks and all that stuff. He’s fast, and he’s picking things up so he’s doing good.”
It is upsetting that Percy won’t be returning that season-opening kick, but it is exciting that Michael just may be.
Players have made careers out of kick returning — Devin Hester, Leon Washington, Dante Hall — and if he is successful, he just may be given the ball in the backfield more often as well.
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) August 1, 2013
By no means am I saying we give Marshawn Lynch less carries. But it is just good to know that we have a healthy competition at the spell position.