Why the Seahawks signed with RB Carlos Hyde if Chris Carson is fine


Reports Thursday revealed that the Seattle Seahawks had made an offer to contract ball carrier Devonta Freeman, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons. Many Seattle fans were puzzled and immediately wondered what this could mean. Is Rashaad Penny late in his rehabilitation following a reconstruction of the ACL? Is something wrong with Chris Carson recovering from a hip injury? What about Travis Homer, who played a deep role last season? Why did the team just write DeeJay Dallas if they were just going to sign Carlos Hyde?

The fact is, the team has been very tight about Carson and Penny during their recoveries, just as they have been with other players in the injury rehabilitation process. Four years ago, Seahawks fans were repeatedly informed in the spring that Thomas Rawls was coming back at full speed after a devastating ankle injury that did not require surgery, but once summer arrived, fans discovered that doctors needed to come in and repair the damage surgically. So it’s not new for the Hawks to stay secret during the offseason, but what do we know about the recovery process for Penny and Carson is extremely limited.

Penny is expected to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, while Carson is expected to be “ready for week 1”. There have been no videos or publications on Carson’s rehabilitation or training, while several Penny rehabilitation publications have been posted on social media. (Author’s note: Penny had knee surgery at the end of December, so the first clip dates back to just over 90 days in rehabilitation, the second comes from somewhere just after 120 days and the last one is somewhere just about 150 days.)

The latest clip drew comments from several fans that Penny looked like she had gained a lot of weight, but since it’s only her upper body that is visible, it’s hard to say. That said, with an inability to do a lot of cardio after her surgery, Penny has likely spent quite a bit of time doing various upper body workouts, so an increase in upper body mass is not unexpected. Also, there isn’t a big view of her legs in the last video, but her legs in the first two videos probably look like chicken thighs compared to what her legs looked like before the injury just because muscle wasting due to inactivity during the rehabilitation process.

Now, before anyone turns around, it’s completely normal. Penny has undergone major reconstructive surgery which is accompanied by a rehabilitation process which is usually eight to nine months minimum, so muscle loss three or four months after the operation is perfectly normal. Add to that that he probably had his meniscus repaired in addition to the ACL reconstruction, and Penny is probably where he should be in terms of recovery timeline. He will likely be back in the middle of the latter part of the season, but exactly when this is not known for several months. Basically, Penny probably has five months in a ten or eleven month rehabilitation process that could easily be slowed by the pandemic. That said, it won’t be a surprise if his first return game is one of two games against the New York Giants or the New York Jets in Week 13 or 14. The why behind these target dates, however, is a different story for another day.

However, to get back to the idea of ​​muscle wasting, it is entirely possible that this is the problem with Carson. Going back to February, Pete Carroll hinted that neither Carson nor Penny would see much of the field during training camp.

Penny, of course, can’t see if the field is on the PUP list, and the reason Carson doesn’t get a lot of preseason shots is probably double. First, Carson knows the offense and the team knows what Carson can do on the field. He had eight rushing attempts in the 2019 preseason, so it’s not like the team used to make him run a lot before the start of the year. In any case, the problem with Carson regarding muscle atrophy during his rehabilitation was summed up by Carroll in February:

There’s not much Chris can do, so he hasn’t done a lot wrong. It’s an injury that takes time. It’s serious because it’s a hip, but it doesn’t matter as long as we know what’s going to happen. It’s not out of place or that sort of thing. We just have to wait, which is really difficult for Chris because he is a training freak and likes being in the weight room and all that. He’s doing his best and he’s done everything he can and we just hope he doesn’t overdo it, so we’re trying to monitor that. But we are counting on a full recovery. He should be ready to go.

And that’s probably Carson’s big concern. Because his injury is a hip injury, he had to keep it immobilized to heal, and as Carroll points out, immobilization means not training. For Carson, this obviously means loss of muscle mass, which is negative for Carson for two reasons. In a 2015 study published in Science Daily, scientists discovered two things that would have negative implications for Carson:

  • Young people lose twice as much muscle mass (due to inactivity) and
  • The more muscle mass you have, the more you will lose.

Carson is obviously young and had significant muscle mass before suffering the injury. Just in case someone forgot, this is what it looked like in 2017.

NFL Combine - Day 3

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This does not mean that there is a need to panic, because muscle loss is far from the end of the world. In February, Carson was expected to return to health over the summer, and once back in the gym, any mass lost to the atrophy should come back soon enough. However, beyond the simple need to rebuild muscle, once this is done, Carson will then have to focus on making sure that the inactivity does not undermine his speed and speed. He’s fairly young, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but Seahawks fans saw last fall how Ziggy Ansah rebounded after a long period of inactivity and muscle loss, and so the concern should definitely be in the minds of the Seattle coaching staff and the front office.

So, what that all means is that the Hawks have probably chosen to be cautious. Ball carrier on list before Hyde addition included

  • Carson
  • Penny
  • Travis Homer
  • Patrick Carr
  • DeeJay Dallas
  • Anthony Jones

This means that Nick Bellore’s only career rush attempt for the Detroit Lions in 2018 gives him 5.2% of the NFL career rush attempts for the Seattle backs that did not end the season. 2019 in the reserve of the wounded. The Seahawks player with the most career rush attempts who has not recovered from a season ending injury this season is Tyler Lockett, whose 38 career attempts are double that of Bellore and Homer combined. Here are the leaders of the regular season precipitation attempts for the current Seahawks on the list outside of Carson and Penny if they have not added Hyde:

In short, they were probably looking for some sort of veteran who actually carried the ball into the NFL, just in case Carson needed a few weeks of the regular season to get back to full speed, or just in case Penny’s rehabilitation lagged behind. deeply. in the season.

Worst case scenario for the team, Hyde is the start of week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons. Ideally, Carson and Penny see their rehabilitation progress phenomenally throughout the summer and are ready to leave sooner than expected, and if that happens, Hyde may have little commercial value. While the idea of ​​trading back in today’s NFL would certainly be seen as odd, since October 2018, two different teams have traded for Hyde. First, the Jacksonville Jaguars sent a fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for Hyde, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs swapping Hyde for the Houston Texans for Martinas Rankin, who started five games on the offensive line Chiefs before landing on the injured reserve.

Would any other team be so inclined to trade for Hyde, as Tom Coughlin and Bill O’Brien have done in recent seasons? It’s probably unlikely, but given that the Texans offered Hyde a $ 10 million two-year deal, the Hawks may be able to convince O’Brien that Hyde’s business value is even greater because he signed a cheaper contract. I mean, it couldn’t hurt to ask the Texans if they had any interest in trading Hyde for Deshaun Watson because in the worst case they might be trying to convince Carroll and Schneider to take Alex McGough to the place.


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