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Christine Michael | Running Back

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 221
College: Texas A&M
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Christine Michael rushed eight times for 39 yards in Thursday's preseason finale.
With Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin (ankle) sitting, Michael got the start, taking a handoff from Russell Wilson on the first play of the game. He ran well ahead of UDFA Thomas Rawls, and is clearly locked in as Seattle's No. 3 runner. The talented but inconsistent third-year back closes the book on the exhibition season with 32 carries for 118 yards (3.68 YPC). With Turbin highly questionable for the opener, Michael could get a golden opportunity to make an impression as Lynch's backup. Sep 4 - 12:36 AM

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Seahawks RBs coach Sherman Smith said dependability and accountability have been the issues holding back third-year RB Christine Michael.

"It’s about becoming more dependable, doing stuff consistently,’’ Smith said. "That’s always been his Achilles’ heel. The physical talent is there, absolutely no question about that. But we want him to become more dependable and more accountable.’’ Michael fumbled in the preseason opener, but coach Pete Carroll seems overall pleased with C-Mike. Despite rumblings that UDFA Thomas Rawls is pushing him, Michael appears locked in as the No. 3 back.
Aug 26 - 11:57 AM

Christine Michael managed 27 yards on ten carries in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

With Marshawn Lynch resting again, C-Mike was Seattle's No. 2 back through the rotation for the second straight week, entering behind Robert Turbin. While Michael did see action with the first team, he was ineffective, consistently running into the backs of his blockers. Michael has wicked physical tools, but it seems the light still hasn't flipped on entering his third NFL season. Through two preseason games, C-Mike has 17 carries for 42 yards.
Aug 21 - 11:02 PM

Christine Michael managed 15 yards on seven carries in the Seahawks' preseason opener Friday night.

The good news is Michael played ahead of impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls. The bad news is he's still clearly behind Robert Turbin, and C-Mike fumbled when he got hit in the backfield by Broncos DE Derek Wolfe, resulting in a loss of 16 yards. Despite immense rushing upside, the light has never quite flipped on for Michael, who is now in his third NFL season going on age 25.
Aug 15 - 12:11 AM

Christine Michael has "played well" so far at camp and is holding onto the No. 3 running back job.

Michael entered camp in a battle with priority UDFA Thomas Rawls for a roster spot. Ultimately, we'd be surprised if C-Mike's natural talent didn't win out. He remains a Dynasty stash with Marshawn Lynch turning 30 in April of 2016.
Aug 10 - 10:11 AM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount believes Christine Michael is on the roster bubble.

Blount suggests Michael could lose his roster spot to impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls, a physical runner who caught the coaching staff's attention at spring practices. The 62nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Michael has special physical attributes and a 4.88 career YPC average, but has earned just 52 carries through two seasons and has never seemed to earn the coaches' trust. Still only 24 years old, Michael would certainly generate interest on waivers. The Seahawks might be able to get a late-round pick for him if he's made available for trade.
Jul 5 - 10:06 AM

Christine Michael did not touch the football in Super Bowl XLIX.

Despite mammoth talent, the Seahawks were never able to carve out a role for Michael in their 2014 offense behind Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is expected to be signed to an extension shortly, further closing the window for Michael in Dynasty leagues. The 2013 second-round pick is under contract through 2016. Michael turned 24 years old this past September.
Feb 1 - 10:29 PM

Christine Michael had eight carries for 28 yards in Week 16 against the Cardinals.

Michael was mostly used in mop-up duty, but saw four carries with Marshawn Lynch missing time in the first quarter. He remains behind both Lynch and Robert Turbin for touches. Seattle has a Week 17 matchup against the Rams.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 01:24:00 AM

Christine Michael rushed six times for 32 yards in Seattle's Week 14 win over the Eagles.

Michael out-touched Robert Turbin 6-5, and out-gained him 32-21. Michael and Turbin would form a committee were Marshawn Lynch to go down with injury.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:20:00 PM

Christine Michael rushed three times for 10 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards Week 13 against the 49ers.

The Seahawks turned to Michael to close out the game late in the fourth quarter, but he once again played well behind Robert Turbin when it mattered. He would at best be in a timeshare with Turbin if anything were to happen to Marshawn Lynch.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 11:59:00 PM

Christine Michael rushed four times for 71 yards in Sunday's Week 10 win over the Giants.

Michael only had one carry in the first quarter and two while the game was in doubt. His biggest run, a 45-yarder, came in garbage time. We've seen nothing to suggest that C-Mike won't be a RB1 if Marshawn Lynch moves on in 2015.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:45:00 PM

Christine Michael rushed four times for 16 yards in the Seahawks' Week 9 win over the Raiders.

The Seahawks were up by two touchdowns when they gave Michael most of a series in the third quarter. He had runs of seven, eight, and two, and lost a yard. If something happened to Marshawn Lynch, Michael would become a weekly flex option, likely sharing time with more "complete" but less talented Robert Turbin.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Christine Michael rushed four times for 12 yards in Sunday's Week 8 win at Seahawks.

Michael actually got a series to himself in the second half of a very close game, an interesting development in light of Sunday morning's Marshawn Lynch reports. Seattle isn't going to trade Lynch at the deadline, but it's possible they'll try to get C-Mike a few touches each game as they prepare him for a featured role in 2015. Michael remains a premier Dynasty hold.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Seahawks declared RB Christine Michael, CB Tharold Simon, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, OL Alvin Bailey, WR Kevin Norwood, TE Zach Miller, and DE Greg Scruggs inactive for Monday night's Week 5 game against the Redskins.

Michael is a healthy scratch as he doesn't play special teams and is the No. 3 ball carrier behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Simon is still working his way back from knee surgery. Miller is out with an ankle problem.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 07:12:00 PM

Christine Michael is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Broncos.

This is essentially a healthy scratch, as Michael (hamstring) was listed as probable. He remains behind Robert Turbin. The rest of the Seahawks inactives: LB Bruce Irvin, CB Tharold Simon, T Andrew McDonald, T Garry Gilliam, WR Kevin Norwood and DE Greg Scruggs.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Russell Wilson
2Tarvaris Jackson
3B.J. Daniels
4R.J. Archer
RB1Marshawn Lynch
2Robert Turbin
3Christine Michael
4Thomas Rawls
5Rod Smith
GLB1Marshawn Lynch
2Robert Turbin
3RB1Robert Turbin
2Marshawn Lynch
FB1Derrick Coleman
2Will Tukuafu
WR11Doug Baldwin
2Tyler Lockett
3Douglas McNeil
4Kasen Williams
5B.J. Daniels
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2Chris Matthews
3Ricardo Lockette
4Paul Richardson
5Kevin Smith
WR31Chris Matthews
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Luke Willson
3Cooper Helfet
4Rashaun Allen
5Anthony McCoy
K1Steven Hauschka