Carlos Hyde is coming off a career year in Houston. Starting 14 games and playing in all 16, Hyde delivered career highs in both rushing attempts and total yards, with 245 carries and his first 1,000-yard season.
Hyde parlayed those successes in H-Town into a move to Seattle this offseason, and he is not expecting the same workload as he received in Houston, which could not be better news for Seahawks fans.
Speaking on a video call to reporters, Hyde discussed his expectations in Seattle, saying,
"Me personally, I don’t think there’s probably an open competition for the starting role. I think everybody knows who the starting running back is for Seattle, and that’s Carson."
Chris Carson's NFL career got off to a slow start due to injury, but since then, he has been a dominant force for Seattle. He delivered a career year in 2019 with a 1,000-yard season of his own, not to mention he evolved into a respectable receiving option as well. Despite suffering a hip injury to end the year, Carson should be ready to go to reprise his role this season.
But with fellow back Rashaad Penny rehabbing from a torn ACL, Hyde will have the opportunity for a respectable role in support of Carson, and it's good to see him accepting it.
Ultimately, it was Hyde's decision to head to Seattle knowing the competition that existed there. While Hyde will still fight for the top spot, his willingness to accept the No. 2 role could not be better for the Seahawks' chemistry, and will render their rushing attack even more terrifying than before.