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Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Date of Birth:  08/03/1993
Age:  29
Height  5'9"
Weight:   215
College:  Central Michigan
Drafted:  2015 | Undrafted
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Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB


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Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

The Jaguars have signed Thomas Rawls, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rawls, who spent his first three NFL seasons with the Seahawks, spent some time with the Jets and Bengals this season. The 2015 undrafted free agent is a very talented running back, and Jacksonville is a great spot for him given their uncertainty at the running back position because of Leonard Fournette's situation. It's not out of the question that Rawls could make a push for the starting job or at least a good amount of playing time in 2019, so he's certainly worth a look as a pickup in dynasty leagues he's been dropped in.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

The Bengals waved running back Thomas Rawls.

Rawls wasn't getting playing time for Cincinnati, so we'll see if he lands someplace else where he might get a crack at running the ball some. We think the former undrafted player has the talent to make an impact somewhere. Perhaps the Eagles will be interested after Jay Ajayi's season-ending injury.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

The Bengals signed Thomas Rawls.

With Joe Mixon out at least a game or two after arthroscopic knee surgery, Rawls is added to the backfield mix for Cincinnati. We like Rawls' ability, and he's still only 25 years old. Giovani Bernard is going to lead the backfield in Mixon's absence, but don't count out Rawls getting some carries and making an impact over the next couple of weeks. He's just worth a fantasy pickup in deep leagues for now.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

The Jets cut Thomas Rawls.

Rawls seemed buried on the depth chart in a deep running back group, so this was expected. Rawls is still just 25 years old and has a lot of talent as a runner, so he's likely to receive immediate interest from other teams and might be claimed on waivers.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

The Jets have signed running back Thomas Rawls.

The former Seahawks running back was not tendered by Seattle, so he was available as an unrestricted free agent. Rawls had an outstanding first year in the NFL as an undrafted rookie in 2015 when he ran for 830 yards (with a league-high 5.6 yards per carry for running backs), but he battled injuries over the last two seasons. Health will be the biggest question mark, but Rawls has a ton of ability when he's at full strength. The Jets already signed Isaiah Crowell earlier this offseason, and Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire are both still there, but Rawls might be the best of the group. Still, Rawls is likely going to be third or fourth on the depth chart heading into the preseason, so he'll need to work his way into a big role on offense.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls gets five touches in season finale.

Rawls had three carries for eight yards and two receptions for 20 yards in the Week 17 loss. The third-year back appeared in 12 games this season, carrying 58 times for 157 rushing yards and adding nine receptions for 94 receiving yards. We think Seattle should've given him more opportunities this season, but they didn't, and he doesn't appear likely to lead the backfield in 2018 at the moment.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls impresses in brief action as Seahawks keep season alive.

Rawls rushed five times f0r 20 yards, including a long run of 15 yards. A breakout star in his rookie year, the talent is there for Rawls to spark Seattle in Week 17 and in a potential playoff run, but he won't be much better than a risky FLEX option against Arizona.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls gets one carry in Week 13.

Rawls only had a few snaps, if that, against the Eagles. He gained four yards on his lone rushing attempt of the game. Mike Davis is the clear leader in the backfield right now, so Rawls doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls doesn't get a touch in Week 12.

Mike Davis (groin) was inactive, so Rawls was back in the lineup after he was a healthy scratch in Week 11, but the talented back didn't get any work against the Niners and might've only been in there for a snap or two. Meanwhile, Eddie Lacy had 20 touches in the game, and J.D. McKissic had eight. Perhaps Rawls should get more of an opportunity to get somewhere around 20 touches in a game, but the Seahawks apparently aren't interested in doing that. Rawls doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls is inactive for the Seahawks tonight.

This one is a shocker, as Rawls wasn't on the injury report and is apparently a healthy scratch. Eddie Lacy appears locked in as the starter for tonight, and Mike Davis is now active in place of Rawls. Though extremely talented, Rawls can be dropped from fantasy teams now that he's not even currently part of the game day roster for Seattle. Perhaps the Seahawks will try to feature Eddie Lacy on the ground tonight.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls gets 12 touches against the Cardinals.

With Eddie Lacy (groin) out, Rawls started the game and received most of the snaps for the Seahawks—especially early in the game. Overall, Rawls carried ten times for 27 yards and caught two passes (on two targets) for 12 yards, as the Cardinals did a nice job of limiting Seattle's run game—Rawls had a 23-yard carry, but not much other than that. C.J. Prosise (ankle) is now also hurt again, and Lacy is dealing with a week-to-week injury, so it's possible Rawls could get upwards of 20 carries in Week 11. If so, he'd be at least a FLEX option against the Falcons.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls gets 11 touches against the Redskins.

Eddie Lacy was supposed to carry the load in the backfield for Seattle, but he exited the game early with a groin injury and did not return. Rawls carried nine times for 39 yards while adding two receptions for 31 yards in the Week 9 loss. If Lacy is forced to miss more time (and keep in mind, the Seahawks play on Thursday night for Week 10), Rawls would likely be the clear started with potential for 15-20 carries. However, it's also worth keeping in mind that second-year back C.J. Prosise could be back from his ankle injury. The talented Rawls is certainly worth a pickup as a high-upside guy down the stretch.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls doesn't gain a yard in Week 8.

Rawls carried six times for -1 yards against the Texans, but it definitely wasn't on him. Eddie Lacy (six carries for no yards) had pretty much the same numbers, as the Seahawks neither blocked well nor committed to the run. Though he offers a lot of ability as a runner, Rawls doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters right now with how things are going for the rushing attack of the Seahawks.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls leads Seahawks in rushing in Week 7.

Rawls carried 11 times for 36 yards and added a 16-yard reception in a win over the Giants—but he did fumble. Again, the backfield work was split 50/50 between Rawls and Eddie Lacy, and neither did much to separate themselves in this one. It was a big positive to see Seattle go right back to Rawls after he lost a fumble, though, and he ran with a lot of energy throughout the game (as usual). Rawls is a FLEX candidate in Week 7, though you'll ideally find someone that's not in a 50/50 RBBC to insert into your lineup.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Seahawks split rushing load in Week 5.

Thomas Rawls received eight carries for 20 yards along with two receptions for 15 yards against the Rams. The run blocking remains an issue for the Seahawks, as the backs didn’t have much room to navigate in the game. Rawls did work in one some passing situations, and he could’ve had a nice gain if Russell Wilson was able to hit on on the sideline while scrambling. Eddie Lacy started the game for Seattle but, like Rawls, had ten touches in the game and couldn’t find much room to run. It’s difficult to trust either of them in your lineup until the Seahawks commit to running the ball, but they should both be on fantasy rosters.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Pete Carroll says Thomas Rawls has been "flying around" at practice.

The Seahawks head coach said Rawls and Eddie Lacy are "going to take the load" with rookie Chris Carson now out indefinitely with a leg injury. It sounds like C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic will be more of receiving backs than runners out of the backfield, so Rawls or Lacy are likely to be the back to own in standard leagues. If one performs well, they can probably seize the the majority of the carries for the Seahawks. Rawls should be considered the heavy favorite, and he should be the target if he happens to be available in your league. The Rams are giving up a bunch of fantasy points to running backs this season, so Rawls might not be a bad option this week if you're struggling at running back with injuries and bye weeks starting—but he does carry risk until we see his workload.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls is inactive for Week 4.

Rawls is apparently a healthy scratch, as he was not listed on the injury report. This is a major surprise that someone with the ability of Rawls is not playing in the game, especially with C.J. Prosise (ankle) also inactive. Chris Carson could be in for a major workload tonight against the Colts, with Eddie Lacy mixing in behind him.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls played one snap in Week 3.

There was some thought that Rawls would get more carries after being worked back into the lineup in Week 2, but the opposite happened. Rawls played one snap and received zero carries against the Titans. You can feel free to drop the talented third-year back from your fantasy team, but he's worth holding on to if you have the roster space.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls starts but doesn't do much in first game of the season.

Rawls started the Week 2 game against the Seahawks but only received five carries for four yards while rookie Chris Carson had 21 total touches in the game. Rawls has obviously shown elite ability when healthy and this was his first game back, so he shouldn't be discounted yet. But Carson looks like he might be the guy in Seattle's backfield right now. Rawls is still worth a bench hold given his upside.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable says Thomas Rawls brings "violence" to the running game.

The team is looking forward to getting Rawls back after he sat out Week 1 with an ankle injury. According to ESPN, Cable said of Rawls, "really when you think about his career, what he's done, he's going to come after it. He's going to go after it every time he touches it." The third-year back certainly brings a ton of energy and runs extremely hard when he gets the ball, and Seattle sounds like they might lean on that to help spark the offense. Cable also said the team needs to run more than the 15 times they did in Week 1 to have success and open up more shots down the field off play-action. Rawls has elite upside this season, but it's probably best to see how much he plays this week against the 49ers before putting him in your lineup.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls (ankle) practiced fully today.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he expects Rawls to play Sunday against the 49ers, and he will. If Rawls happens to not practice fully on Thursday or Friday, we'll update you; but expect him to be out there in Week 2. He does offer some upside in your lineup, but there are safer options with Rawls missing the end of the preseason and playing in his first game this season.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls will play in Week 2.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says his running back is "raring to go," something that is not surprising if you've ever heard Rawls talk. The third-year running back should bring a ton of energy to Seattle, which it looks like they need right now. Impressive rookie Chris Carson is the biggest threat to Rawls' workload right now, and Rawls could be worked back in against the 49ers this week. However, Rawls did practice fully all last week, so maybe he'll be put right back in there for a big workload on Sunday. He's worth a shot in your lineup if you're struggling at running back.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls (ankle) is out for today's game against the Packers.

Despite practicing fully all week, the Seahawks are holding out Rawls until he's 100%. Expect him to be out there in Week 2. As for today, Eddie Lacy and Chris Carson will handle most of the early-down work, while C.J. Prosise could also get more work against Green Bay.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

The Seahawks might hold out Thomas Rawls (ankle).

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the team might opt to hold out Rawls—who practiced fully all week—to allow his ankle to get to 100%. For fantasy owners, Rawls and the Seahawks don't play until the late afternoon games, so you're probably better off getting someone with an early game in your lineup unless you have guys in late games to insert. Rawls probably won't be a good option even if he does play, given his uncertain workload after missing the end of the preseason.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 1.

Rawls practiced fully from Wednesday to Friday, so he should be better than 50% to play in the game. However, the Seahawks play the Packers in the late afternoon games, so you need to make sure you have other options if you plan on starting Rawls. Given his uncertain workload after he missed the end of the preseason, Rawls should probably be out of your lineup even if he is active, though.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls (ankle) was a full participant in Seahawks practice.

Barring a setback, it doesn't look like Rawls is in danger of missing the season opener against the Packers. Despite his upside, Rawls isn't a great fantasy option in Week 1 because of the uncertainty with touches in a backfield that could include four active players on game day.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls is listed as the Seahawks' starter on their Week 1 depth chart.

Rawls is still battling an ankle issue, but he'll start Sunday's opener against the Packers if he's good to go. Eddie Lacy is listed as the number two back, with C.J. Prosise listed as third, and Chris Carson listed as four. Prosise will handle most of the passing down work, Lacy could take short yardage situations, and Carson can't be counted out either. Rawls probably offers the most upside because he just turned 24 and has shown he can be an elite RB1 in fantasy leagues.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls (ankle) is returning to practice today.

Rawls was held out the last two preseason games with an ankle injury, so it's good to see him back on the field with under two weeks to go until the team's first regular season game. Rawls will get a few practices to get back into the swing of things, and he could play in the team's final preseason game on Thursday night. There's no guarantee he steps back in as the team's number one running back after he missed a couple weeks, but he probably will. Staying healthy and not missing time again is the bigger concern.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls will not play in Seattle's third preseason game.

Rawls is still dealing with an ankle injury, so he won't play tomorrow night against Kansas City. Perhaps he would've been good to play if the game wasn't on a Friday, and head coach Pete Carroll said Rawls is "close," but it's still slightly concerning after Rawls missed last week's preseason game too. Given Rawls' injury history, it would be ideal to see him healthy before drafting him; however, he's still one of the best picks outside the top 100 in fantasy drafts.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls (ankle) won't play in Seattle's second preseason game this Friday.

Rawls is dealing with a minor ankle injury, head coach Pete Carroll announced, so he won't play this Friday against the Vikings. Eddie Lacy will start in his place and might be able to work his way back into the starting lineup after Rawls seemed to have taken control of it. Rawls injury isn't too concerning yet, but it's a reminder that he's battled some injuries through two seasons in the NFL.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

More evidence builds for Thomas Rawls being Seattle's lead back in 2017.

NFL Network's Steve Wyche says he talked to a Seahawks team official about the running back competition, and "the conversation centered almost exclusively on Rawls." Wyche says the team official also said Rawls has been "outstanding" this year. Rawls appears to be closer to his rookie form, when he led the NFL in yards per carry as an undrafted rookie, than his sophomore season form when he didn't really seem like himself for much of the year. The only concern with Rawls' fantasy value is the presence of C.J. Prosise on passing downs and potentially Eddie Lacy at the goal line. Despite that, Rawls still offers solid upside in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and is a huge discount at his current ADP which is outside the top 40 running backs.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls works as clear lead back for the Seahawks in first preseason game.

Rawls, who had two carries for five yards, received every snap except for one (C.J. Prosise on a third down) in the only opening drive for the starters. Meanwhile, Eddie Lacy came in on the second series and played longer than Rawls. Despite many claiming Lacy would be the starter for the Seahawks, it looks it's definitely going to be Rawls, which shouldn't be a surprise. Remember: Rawls averaged 5.6 yards per carry as an undrafted rookie and has the look of an elite runner during that season. His ADP is likely going to rise in the coming weeks as people catch up with him being the lead guy for the Seahawks.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls is taking first-team reps while Eddie Lacy works with the backups.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times tweeted "Lacy working solely with backup units during team drills. Rawls appears clear number one right now." Be careful not to overreact to this, but don't be surprised if Rawls—who was on the field first in Seattle's "mock game" a few days ago—ends up the primary ball carrier for Seattle, despite most thinking Lacy will be. Rawls has elite running ability and head coach Pete Carroll is a huge fan of his attitude. If Rawls handles most of the first-team reps throughout the preseason, he'll be the back to draft for your fantasy team. Ideally, you'll wait until after at least Week 3 of the preseason to draft your team so you can see how this situation is looking then.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls got the first reps in Seahawks mock game yesterday.

According to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN, Rawls and Lacy rotated with the first team, but Rawls saw the field first. It could mean nothing, but most are expecting Lacy to get most of the work in Seattle's backfield. However, Rawls has a great mindset and runs extremely hard, bringing energy in the run game—he's a favorite of head coach Pete Carroll and won't just hand Lacy the starting job. They'll both get their work this season, but it's a situation to monitor this preseason.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls "feeling way better" this offseason.

Last offseason, Rawls was recovering from a serious ankle injury that forced him to miss all of offseason training. Now, he says "I actually get an offseason." Rawls also said he learned to take care of his body better. His body fat is down to about 8.5%, which is where it was during his great rookie season, and he feels "lighter" and "faster." Rawls worked at his pass catching ability so he can be more reliable on al three downs. Eddie Lacy is considered the favorite for early down work, but Rawls might make it hard on the coaches to keep him off the field.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls has been "flying around the field" at OTAs.

Rawls probably wants to prove himself after the team signed Eddie Lacy this offseason, and the third-year back is said to be sprinting 30-40 yards at the end of every play, arriving first to every drill, and supporting his teammates with yells and high-fives, including defensive players. Lacy is the favorite for early-down work and C.J. Prosise will likely handle passing-game duties, but fantasy owners shouldn't forget about Rawls, who averaged 5.6 yards per carry as a rookie before he fought injuries last season. We would bet on the taleneted (and angry) runner winding up as the best value in the Seahawks backfield this season.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls is "fit and ready to go," according to head coach Pete Carroll.

Shiel Kapadia says that Carroll is Rawls' "biggest fan" in the building, so he has that going for him. Rawls is healthy entering this offseason, after being injured last offseason and training camp, then banged up almost all season. Carroll said Rawls will be "extraordinarily different" because he's healthy and ready to go. Kapadia also says Lacy was brought in to be the number one back, but do not discount Rawls beating him out. When healthy through his first two seasons, Rawls has been one of the most dynamic runners in the league.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Jordan Schultz reports that the Seahawks are still "extremely high" on Thomas Rawls.

The signing of Eddie Lacy complicates the backfield for fantasy purposes, but Seattle seems to want to make sure they have a lot of depth, especially with Rawls and C.J. Prosise both getting injured last season. Rawls has been dynamic in his first two seasons in the league, and he still might be the starter despite the addition of Lacy. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks love competition on their roster; Lacy adds that.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Head coach Pete Carroll says that Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise will compete for the starting running back job.

No matter what happens, both backs will be used by Seattle. However, whoever comes out as the starting running back definitely gets a boost in fantasy value. This will be one of the competitions to keep a close look at during training camp.

Thomas Rawls gets 11 carries for 34 yards in Seahawks' playoff loss.

When healthy, Rawls showed flashes in his second season that were reminiscent of his incredible rookie season. The Seahawks offensive line didn't give its runners much help this season, so we'll see if they do something to get that fixed for next season. It's tough to gauge Rawls' fantasy value for next season because of the presence of C.J. Prosise. The Seattle coaches have spoken very highly of Prosise, but Rawls should enter next season as the lead back in a good offense.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Feed the beast: Thomas Rawls gets 28 touches in Wild Card win over Lions.

Rawls had 27 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown and one reception for one yard. Pete Carroll said he was going to make sure his offense ran the ball, and they did. Fantasy owners are likely wondering why this didn't happen in the regular season. Rawls set a new Seahawks franchise record for rushing yards in a playoff game. He showed his elite quickness that was reminiscent of his rookie season. If Rawls keeps getting fed the ball, he should do some major damage. Hopefully Seattle doesn't stray too far from their running game next weekend in a likely shootout against the league leaders in scoring, the Atlanta Falcons.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls scores in regular season finale.

Rawls had eight carries for 14 yards and a touchdown. He didn't get much work, likely because the Seahawks wanted to rest him for the playoffs, but it's concerning that Rawls hasn't been able to top 2.0 yards per carry in the last three games. He finishes the regular season with 109 carries for 349 yards and three touchdowns with 13 catches for 96 yards in nine games. Seattle will need to get its run blocking sorted out, as Rawls hasn't had much room to run all season, and they likely don't want to put it all on Russell Wilson's shoulders in the playoffs.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls exits game with shoulder injury.

The severity of the injury is unknown. Rawls had eight carries for only eight yards before leaving. The Seahawks offensive line is really struggling to run block.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls gets 21 carries but is shut down by the Rams.

The Seahawks could not block the Rams front on Thursday night. Rawls had 21 carries for only 34 yards. He lost nine yards on his final two carries, dropping his total even lower for the game. Rawls had a great chance at a touchdown in the game, but the Seahawks decided to keep throwing and the goal line carry they gave was to fullback Marcell Reece. Obviously this was a frustrating day for Rawls owners in fantasy. He should bounce back next week, but is more of a low-end RB1 against Arizona.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls sees limited work as Packers blow out Seahawks.

Rawls rushed 12 times for 67 yards and caught one pass for seven yards in the 38-10 loss in Green Bay. The Packers were leading 21-3 at the half, so Seattle abandoned the running game, even though it was their best means of moving the ball. Rawls should go off this Thursday night against the Rams, who just got blown out by the Falcons.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Thomas Rawls returns to form; scores twice in Seahawks win.

Rawls had 15 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a catch for 12 yards. His touchdowns were from eight and 45 yards. The first touchdown was an athletic play as he accelerated and then leaped past two defenders while crossing the goal line. The second touchdown came on a run that Rawls bounced outside and outran the Panthers defense. Rawls looks to be 100% back from last year's fractured leg and this seasons' early leg injuries. Remember, Rawls averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season, by far the most in the league for running backs. Rawls is a great RB1 next week against the Packers as the Seahawks lead running back.

Thomas Rawls | Free Agent RB

Seahawks, Thomas Rawls struggle to gain traction in Week 12.

The Buccaneers bullied the Seahawks all game. Rawls had 12 carries for 38 yards. It's fair to question why the Seahawks continued to pass the ball with little success instead of establishing the run game. Rawls should have a much better game next week in Seattle after this embarrassing loss to the Buccaneers. He's an RB1.