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Christine Michael | Running Back | #32

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 221
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (62) / SEA
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects recently re-signed RB Christine Michael to form a "one-two punch" with Thomas Rawls.
Michael spent most of 2015 bouncing around the league, but Carroll came away extremely impressed with his play after rejoining Seattle on December 16. "Christine did his best job of playing football for us in the short stint that he had," Carroll said. "So those two guys will be the one-two punch right now and we’ll see where we go from there." Carroll's words could easily prove to be empty offseason chatter — Seattle will probably add another back through the draft — but Carroll isn't wrong that Michael is coming off by far his best stretch. The first three years of Michael's career were a bust, but his on-paper talent remains prodigious. Perhaps the light has finally turned on. All that being said, Michael's best-case scenario for Week 1 is being the "two" in Carroll's one-two punch. Mar 22 - 9:01 PM

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Seahawks re-signed RB Christine Michael.

The Seahawks didn't tender Michael as a restricted free agent, but have brought him back for cheaper than the $1.67 million that would have entailed. Michael finally had a productive stretch late last season, carrying the ball at least 16 times in three of the Seahawks' final five games (including the playoffs). Thomas Rawls will likely be the lead back of the post-Marshawn Lynch era, but Michael should have the inside track to a spot on the 53-man roster. Michael has averaged 4.68 yards across his 106 career carries.
Mar 17 - 2:10 PM

Seahawks declined to tender restricted free agent RB Christine Michael.

It makes him an unrestricted free agent. Michael finished fast after reuniting with Seattle down the stretch last season, operating as the team's lead runner into the playoffs. The lowest possible tender would have cost the Seahawks just $1.671 million. Perhaps he will return on a cheaper contract.
Mar 9 - 4:54 PM

Christine Michael didn't touch the ball in the Seahawks' Divisional Round loss to the Panthers.

After rushing for 172 yards on 38 carries the previous two weeks, Michael headed back to the bench on Sunday with Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) back after an eight-week absence. Michael was targeted once in the passing game, but didn't catch it. Lynch was a non-factor, and Michael probably wouldn't have been much better, but Seattle may have stood a better chance with an in-tune C-Mike in the backfield. Michael is now a restricted free agent and should be back to compete for No. 2 duties behind Thomas Rawls next season with Lynch likely to be cut.
Jan 17 - 5:05 PM

Christine Michael rushed 21 times for 70 yards in the Seahawks' Wild Card win over the Vikings, adding a 14-yard reception.

There was no committee with Bryce Brown, as Michael got the start and monopolized Seattle's running back touches. Brown never got the ball, while Fred Jackson was limited to three looks. With Marshawn Lynch's (abdomen) status up in the air for the Divisional Round, Michael could be in for another start against the Panthers. Although the conditions will be much better than they were Sunday in Minnesota, the matchup is even worse.
Jan 10 - 4:53 PM

Christine Michael rushed 17 times for 102 yards in the Seahawks' Week 17 win over the Cardinals.

The 100-yard game was the first of Michael's career, and it came against a strong defense. Michael still ceded 10 carries to Bryce Brown, but was the Seahawks' clear lead back. Of course, that will only remain the case for the playoffs if Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) isn't ready. Beast Mode is expected to rejoin the team on Monday. As of now, C-Mike isn't looking like a legit DFS option for the postseason.
Jan 3 - 8:12 PM

Christine Michael rushed six times for six yards in the Seahawks' Week 16 loss to the Rams, adding two receptions for 14 additional yards.

Michael got the "start," but rotated evenly with Bryce Brown. Fred Jackson played important snaps down the stretch. Michael flashed his upside last week, but reminded of his downside today. Both Michael and Brown will be impossible to trust against the Cardinals in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:13:00 PM

Coach Pete Carroll confirmed both Christine Michael and Bryce Brown will get opportunities.

"I think both guys know that there’s a place for them," Carroll said. "They’ve got a role in the offense and for our team. I think they’re comfortable with that, they’re happy." ESPN's Sheil Kapadia guesses neither player will get more than 60 percent of the carries. Michael should open the game as the starter after establishing himself in the second half last week, but Brown could establish the hot hand against St. Louis and run away with the carries like Michael did against Cleveland. Michael is the only back even worth considering, but he is a boom-or-bust RB3 at best.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Coach Pete Carroll reiterated Monday that the Seahawks will continue forward with an RBBC approach.

Carroll, whose USC offenses very often incorporated multiple backs, stated that he likes all the "variants" the committee approach offers. Both Bryce Brown and Christine Michael were effective in their respective roles during Sunday's easy win over Cleveland. Fred Jackson will remain the passing-down back. Michael wound up with the most Week 15 work and will be the better flex option when the Seahawks take on the Rams this week.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 06:24:00 PM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia believes the team will continue to use Christine Michael and Bryce Brown in a running back committee.

Derrick Coleman got the start last week but did not see a carry after the first quarter, and Fred Jackson is just a third-down option. That leaves Michael and Brown to carry the load. Michael took control of the committee against Cleveland and dominated the work in the second half, but Brown could certainly emerge with the hot hand next week against the Rams. This backfield remains a high-upside mess for fantasy purposes. Michael is the best bet to lead the team in carries next week, but he will be an extremely risky RB3.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 12:09:00 PM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reports the "consensus" in the locker room is Christine Michael is "more focused and serious" than he was in his previous stint with the Seahawks.

Michael has always had the talent, but mental mistakes and inconsistencies prevented him from climbing the depth chart in his previous time in Seattle. Michael vaulted to the top of the pecking order with 84 yards on 16 carries Sunday, and if this report is true, he has a good chance to stay there until Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is ready to return. Michael needs to be added wherever available.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:45:00 PM

Christine Michael rushed 16 times for 84 yards Week 15 against the Browns.

Michael was the fourth running back through the rotation behind starter Derrick Coleman, Bryce Brown and third-down back Fred Jackson, but he finished the game as the clear lead back. Michael out-touched Brown 16-to-9 and had 11 of his carries in the second half. Michael always looks good with the ball in his hands, and today was not any different. The question is can he be consistent enough to hang onto the lead role as long as Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is sidelined? He has at least earned the opportunity to start next week against the Rams, and he will be an upside RB3 in that matchup.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 07:16:00 PM

Seahawks RBs Christine Michael and Bryce Brown are active.

As are Derrick Coleman and third-down back Fred Jackson. Brown should start and is the favorite to lead the backfield in touches, but that could change if Michael develops a "hot hand." Brown is the only Seattle back worth using in fantasy, but he is just a boom-or-bust RB3/FLEX.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 02:46:00 PM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia expects Christine Michael and Bryce Brown to share the early-down workload in Week 15 against the Browns, with Fred Jackson playing in passing situations.

Specifically, Kapadia tweeted he expects C-Mike and Brown to "share carries," with Jackson "taking over on third down." There isn't a more volatile backfield in football, and to say we have an idea of how many carries each running back will get would be pretending. It's very likely that the Seahawks themselves have not even begun to decide. "He's been with us for a long time, so he does have a lot of background," coach Pete Carroll said after Michael was re-signed. "That doesn't mean he's going to be the featured guy or starter or anything like that. He's just coming in here and trying to help us out, and we'll see how that works out."
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 07:14:00 PM

Seahawks signed RB Christine Michael.

The Redskins released Michael from their practice squad less than 24 hours ago. Bryce Brown is penciled in as the starter for Sunday's game against Cleveland, but it's possible Michael could play a change-of-pace role with Fred Jackson getting work on passing downs. Michael has already been cut by three teams this year including the team he just signed with. Still, it's certainly conceivable C-Mike could see a handful of Week 15 carries. He's spent far more time in the Seahawks' system than Brown has.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Russell Wilson
2Trevone Boykin
3Jake Heaps
RB1Thomas Rawls
2C.J. Prosise
3Christine Michael
4Alex Collins
5Zac Brooks
GLB1Thomas Rawls
2Christine Michael
3RB1C.J. Prosise
2Thomas Rawls
FB1Brandon Cottom
WR11Doug Baldwin
2Paul Richardson
3Douglas McNeil
4Kenny Lawler
5Deshon Foxx
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2Tyler Lockett
3Kevin Smith
4Kasen Williams
5Antwan Goodley
WR31Tyler Lockett
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Luke Willson
3Nick Vannett
4Cooper Helfet
5Brandon Williams
LT1Garry Gilliam
2Bradley Sowell
LG1Justin Britt
2Rees Odhiambo
3Lene Maiava
C1Patrick Lewis
2Kristjan Sokoli
3Joey Hunt
RG1Germain Ifedi
2Mark Glowinski
3Will Pericak
RT1J'Marcus Webb
2Terry Poole
3Kona Schwenke
K1Steven Hauschka