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Christine Michael | Running Back

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 221
College: Texas A&M
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According to the Seattle Times, Christine Michael's work at spring practices "did nothing to quell the idea he will get regular carries this season."
C-Mike saw increased first-team practice reps with Marshawn Lynch holding out. The Times believes Michael has "a chance to earn a much larger role this season," which would come at Lynch's expense. Michael is still no more than a handcuff pick in fantasy leagues, albeit one with a ton of upside if Lynch broke down. Lynch is 28 years old with 1,002 carries over his last three seasons. Jul 20 - 2:55 PM

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Texas A&M's strength coach, who has trained both Christine Michael and Adrian Peterson, said Michael's athletic explosiveness is on par with Peterson's.

The "hype" around Michael is not some fabrication. His tape is drool-worthy, and Seahawks coaches themselves are talking up getting the second-year back chances at the expense of Marshawn Lynch. Former NFL personnel man Louis Riddick tweeted Monday that when Michael "gets his chance regular season '14, provided he's healthy, he'll show he's the most gifted RB drafted in past 5 yrs."
Jun 9 - 12:49 PM

After vowing to employ a "running back by committee" this season, Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell explained that second-year RB Christine Michael has improved at the "details" of his position.

Michael was active for just 4-of-16 games as a rookie because his pass blocking was inferior to Robert Turbin's. It sounds like the Seahawks have gained more trust in Michael's pass-game potential. "We are really excited now, what he's done," Bevell stated. Expect C-Mike to be active for every 2014 game. At very least, Bevell's words confirm Seattle regards Michael more highly than Turbin.
Jun 5 - 1:53 PM

Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell told reporters Wednesday that his offense will use a "running back by committee" approach in 2014.

The idea may seem crazy based on Marshawn Lynch's league-high 1,002 carries over the past three seasons, but Bevell wants to get someone special more involved. "We are going to be running back by committee," Bevell promised. "We really like what Christine Michael is doing right now." Earlier in the offseason, coach Pete Carroll referred to 2013 second-round pick Michael as Seattle's "biggest breakout candidate" for the 2014 season. GM John Schneider called C-Mike one of the Seahawks' "most explosive offensive players."
Jun 4 - 11:33 PM

Coach Pete Carroll said second-year RB Christine Michael is "a million miles ahead" of where he was last season.

It doesn't sound like Carroll wants Michael to be a healthy scratch very often this season. He raved about the explosive runner's improvements in scheme understanding, pass protection and routes. "We have very high expectations for [Michael]," Carroll said. "We just want to get him to fit in." Marshawn Lynch owners will be in a must-handcuff situation here during fantasy drafts. Dynasty owners should be trying to trade for Michael before he breaks loose.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 8:31 AM

The Tacoma News Tribune suggests Christine Michael could be the Seahawks' feature back as soon as 2015.

Seattle-based ESPN reporter John Clayton recently made a similar suggestion. Marshawn Lynch is 28, has piled up 1,753 NFL carries, and carries a $9 million cap hit in 2015. The Seahawks, who just paid Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, will need more money when it comes time to pay Russell Wilson. Michael, a supremely gifted natural runner, carries a mere $920,300 cap hit in 2015. Robert Turbin is just a pass-protection specialist.
May 26 - 10:24 AM

Seahawks GM John Schneider called Christine Michael one of his "most explosive offensive players."

We're not the only ones excited to see Michael spread his wings one day. He was a strict third-stringer as a rookie, essentially serving as an innocent bystander as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. But Schneider knows he has special talent on his hands and views Michael as a huge piece of the future. Marshawn Lynch is 28 years old and his contract expires following the 2015 season.
Apr 2 - 10:26 AM

Coach Pete Carroll "really hyped up" Christine Michael at the NFL Combine, calling him the Seahawks' "biggest breakout candidate."

Michael has nasty running talent, but it's going to be difficult for him to "break out" as long as he's parked behind Marshawn Lynch on the depth chart. Seattle does fancy C-Mike as its franchise back of the future. He'll be a late-round re-draft flier in 2014, but holds borderline RB2 Dynasty value with mammoth forward-thinking upside. Michael was the 62nd overall pick in last April's draft.
Feb 21 - 1:02 PM

The Seattle Times says Christine Michael "looms large" in the Seahawks' future.

Michael was a strict third-stringer as a rookie, appearing in just four games and totaling 18 carries. But as the Times notes, he'll be better positioned to battle Robert Turbin for backup duties in 2014. Michael is already a more explosive and powerful runner, he just needs to polish up his game and gain trust in pass pro. Marshawn Lynch turns 28 years old in April and his contract is up following the 2015 season.
Feb 19 - 11:11 AM

Seahawks declared RB Christine Michael, WR Bryan Walters, OL Michael Bowie, OL Caylin Hauptmann, TE Kellen Davis, DE Benson Mayowa, and DT Jordan Hill inactive for Super Bowl 48 against the Broncos.

The 62nd overall pick in April's draft, Michael never got an extended regular season opportunity as Marshawn Lynch and third-down back Robert Turbin stayed healthy all year. Michael finished his rookie campaign with 18 runs for 79 yards (4.4), demonstrating explosive running ability in spot duty. He has a ton of Dynasty league value, but Lynch will return in 2014. We'll be keeping a close eye on Michael's offseason development.
Feb 2 - 5:29 PM

Seahawks declared RB Christine Michael, WR Bryan Walters, LB K.J. Wright, OL Caylin Hauptmann, OL James Carpenter, DE Benson Mayowa, and DT Jordan Hill inactive for the Divisional Round versus New Orleans.

No surprises in this group; Percy Harvin is active, as expected. The big injury situation involves Wright, who was a critical defender in Seattle's regular season blowout of New Orleans. He covered Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham regularly. Look for the Saints to try to attack Wright's replacement.
Jan 11 - 3:17 PM

Coach Pete Carroll suggested that he's not ready to give Christine Michael more chances anytime soon.

Michael has just 18 carries in four appearances this season, playing behind Robert Turbin often. "He's working his way in and we think he has great promise for the future," Carroll said Monday. "But he's still a young guy trying to break in." We're still extremely high on Michael's Dynasty stock as his natural running ability pops off the tape. Marshawn Lynch will turn 28 in April, is facing DUI charges and is owed $7.5 million in 2015 total salary.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 10:12:00 AM

Seahawks declared RB Christine Michael, WR Percy Harvin, RCB Brandon Browner, OT Michael Bowie, OG Caylin Hauptmann, DE Benson Mayowa, and DT Jordan Hill inactive for Monday night's Week 13 game against the Saints.

Michael is the No. 3 running back but doesn't play special teams. Harvin is sidelined after suffering a setback with his hip. Browner has a groin injury.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 07:24:00 PM

Christine Michael rushed eight times for 33 yards in Sunday's Week 10 win at Atlanta.

All of Michael's carries came deep in the fourth quarter with the Seahawks nursing a 33-10 lead. Still, his runs are nothing short of eye-opening. Combining power with big-time burst, Michael continues to display more natural running ability than No. 2 back Robert Turbin. We suspect that if Marshawn Lynch were ever to go down, it would be Michael assuming primary back duties. He is the real deal.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Seahawks declared RB Christine Michael, QB B.J. Daniels, S Jeron Johnson, FB Derrick Coleman, OT Breno Giacomini, OT Caylin Hauptmann, and DE Benson Mayowa inactive for Week 9 against the Bucs.

Robert Turbin will back up Marshawn Lynch versus Tampa Bay.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 02:39:00 PM