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#33 RB | 5'10", 221 lbs. | Seattle
Birth Date:November 9, 1990 (23 years old) Hometown:Beaumont, TX College:Texas A&M
Drafted:Drafted by Seattle in 2013 (2/62).
Drafted:Drafted by Seattle in 2013 (2/62).
|Assets:||Explosive and aggressive running the football. Uses very good speed and excellent burst to gain extra yards. Plays smashmouth football and isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and break tackles. Possesses the athleticism to develop more wiggle and cuts in his open-field running.|
|Flaws:||Still developing as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. As a blocker, doesn't get the most out of his muscle mass. Needs more patience as a runner and too often barrels straight into tackling. Only average-sized for a power-type back.|
|Career Potential:||Raw but high-upside tailback.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Super Bowl||2013 (XLVIII - Seattle)|
Movements & Injuries
|5/20/2013||Signed by the Seattle Seahawks to a four-year contract.|
|4/26/2013||Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2nd round (62nd Overall) in 2013.|
Seahawks running back Christine Michael (hamstring) has missed the first two days of practice this week and we await Friday to see if there is any chance he'll be ready to go in Week 2. | 09/12/2014 3:51 PM
NewsSeahawks running back Christine Michael (hamstring) has missed the first two days of practice this week and we await Friday to see if there is any chance he'll be ready to go in Week 2.
ImpactThe second-year back went into training camp with a ton of buzz, but Marshawn Lynch remains the workhorse after resolving his contract issues and Robert Turbin will be his backup at least until Michael is healthy.
Seahawks running back Christine Michael (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday night's season opener, according to coach Pete Carroll. | 09/03/2014 3:12 PM
NewsSeahawks running back Christine Michael (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday night's season opener, according to coach Pete Carroll.
ImpactThe second-year back went into training camp with a ton of buzz, but Marshawn Lynch remains the workhorse after resolving his contract issues and Robert Turbin will be his backup.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that running back Christine Michael (hamstring) is "banged up," according to Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle. | 09/01/2014 4:39 PM
NewsSeahawks coach Pete Carroll said that running back Christine Michael (hamstring) is "banged up," according to Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle.
ImpactMichael is iffy for the season opener. The second-year back went into training camp with a ton of buzz, but Marshawn Lynch remains the workhorse after resolving his contract issues and Michael may still be behind Robert Turbin on the depth chart.
Seahawks running back Robert Turbin started the preseason opener, but we continue to believe second-year running back Christine Michael will be the handcuff for Marshawn Lynch. | 08/08/2014 10:48 AM
NewsSeahawks running back Robert Turbin started the preseason opener, but we continue to believe second-year running back Christine Michael will be the handcuff for Marshawn Lynch.
ImpactMichael rushed seven times for 16 yards and caught three balls for 12 yards while Turbin rushed for just five yards on four carries.
Christine Michael shined in spring work | 07/20/2014 2:55 PM
NewsAccording to the Seattle Times, Christine Michael's work at spring practices "did nothing to quell the idea he will get regular carries this season."
ImpactC-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.
Strength coach: Michael on par with Peterson | 06/09/2014 12:49 PM
NewsTexas 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.
Louis Riddick on Twitter
Christine Michael improving at 'the details' | 06/05/2014 1:53 PM
NewsAfter 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.
ImpactMichael was active for just 4-of-16 game days 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.
Seahawks OC vows change to RB committee | 06/04/2014 11:33 PM
NewsSeahawks OC Darrell Bevell told reporters Wednesday that his offense will use a "running back by committee" approach in 2014.
Terry Blount on Twitter
ImpactThe 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."
Pete Carroll raves about Christine Michael | 05/29/2014 8:31 AM
NewsCoach Pete Carroll said second-year RB Christine Michael is "a million miles ahead" of where he was last season.
ImpactIt 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.
Michael as starter in 2015 keeps buzzing | 05/26/2014 10:24 AM
NewsThe Tacoma News Tribune suggests Christine Michael could be the Seahawks feature back as soon as 2015.
Tacoma News Tribune
ImpactSeattle-based ESPN reporter John Clayton recently made a similar suggestion. Marshawn Lynch is 28 years old, 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.
GM Schneider calls Michael 'explosive' | 04/02/2014 10:26 AM
NewsGM John Schneider called Christine Michael one of his "most explosive offensive players."
ImpactWe're not the only ones that are 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.
Carroll calls RB Michael 'breakout candidate' | 02/21/2014 1:02 PM
NewsCoach Pete Carroll "really hyped up" Christine Michael at the NFL Combine, calling him the Seahawks' "biggest breakout candidate."
Justin Rogers on Twitter
ImpactMichael 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. The Seahawks do fancy C-Mike as their franchise running 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.
Christine Michael 'looms large' in future | 02/19/2014 11:11 AM
NewsThe Seattle Times says Christine Michael "looms large" in the Seahawks' future.
Seahawks declare inactives for Super Bowl | 02/02/2014 5:29 PM
NewsSeahawks 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.
ImpactThe 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.
Seahawks declare Week 19 inactives | 01/11/2014 3:17 PM
NewsSeahawks 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.
ImpactNo 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.
Carroll not ready to see more of Christine | 12/24/2013 10:12 AM
NewsCoach Pete Carroll suggested that he's not ready to give Christine Michael more chances anytime soon.
Seahawks declare Week 13 inactives for MNF | 12/02/2013 7:24 PM
NewsSeahawks 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.
ImpactMichael 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.
Christine Michael gets the garbage time work | 11/10/2013 4:30 PM
NewsChristine Michael rushed eight times for 33 yards in Sunday's Week 10 win at Atlanta.
ImpactAll 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. Displaying good power with big-time burst, he continues to show more than No. 2 back Robert Turbin. We suspect that if Marshawn Lynch were ever to go down, it would be Michael that would assume primary back duties. He's the real deal.
Seahawks declare Week 9 inactives | 11/03/2013 2:39 PM
NewsSeahawks 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.
ImpactRobert Turbin will back up Marshawn Lynch versus Tampa Bay.
Christine Michael (illness) probable for MNF | 10/26/2013 5:00 PM
NewsChristine Michael (illness) is probable for Monday night's Week 8 game against the Rams.
ImpactMichael was held out of practice Friday due to an illness. He'll continue to backup Marshawn Lynch, with Robert Turbin in a third-down role.
Christine Michael (illness) misses practice | 10/25/2013 7:14 PM
NewsChristine Michael (illness) did not practice Friday.
John Boyle on Twitter
ImpactMichael was a late addition to the injury report and could now be in danger of missing Monday night's game against the Rams. The Seahawks will provide an update on his status Saturday.
Christine Michael doesn't play in Week 1 | 09/08/2013 10:46 PM
NewsChristine Michael did not play an offensive snap in the Seahawks' Week 1 win over the Panthers.
ImpactMarshawn Lynch is the Seahawks' early-down banger and Robert Turbin plays on passing downs, leaving no work for Michael when he's active on game days. He could be a healthy scratch next week. We still suspect Michael would have a prominent role in the backfield were Lynch to miss time.
Christine Michael has another big exhibition | 08/23/2013 11:49 PM
NewsChristine Michael rushed 11 times for 97 yards and a touchdown and caught a 25-yard pass in Seattle's third preseason game.
ImpactMichael is up to 27 preseason carries for 186 yards (6.89 YPC) with the one catch. The second-round pick needs to clean up his pass pro, but there is no question he's a more skilled runner than Robert Turbin, and is at least close to Marshawn Lynch. Michael is the preferred Lynch handcuff in Seattle's backfield. He runs with long speed, sensational cutting ability, and natural power.
Coach pleased with Christine Michael's debut | 08/09/2013 9:51 AM
NewsSeahawks coach Pete Carroll was pleased with rookie RB Christine Michael's preseason debut, where he took the rock 16 times for 89 yards.
Tacoma News Tribune
ImpactMichael gained just 21 yards on six first-half carries, but came alive after the break, reeling off 66 yards on 10 totes. "We weren't going to get frustrated with what happened early, and just (kept) sticking to it," Carroll said. "He's got a long way to go, but he ran hard, looked quick and made some guys miss. So I think it's a very good first game for him." Michael's nice night comes on the heels of months of hype, and against the backdrop of Robert Turbin (foot) just now beginning to practice. It's a genuine battle.
Christine Michael rips off 89 yards in debut | 08/09/2013 8:38 AM
NewsSeahawks rookie RB Christine Michael rushed 16 times for 89 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers.
ImpactThat's a cool 5.6 yards per clip. Michael played all four quarters, only failing to touch the ball on Seattle's final possession. He made a host of impressive cuts, doing little to dissuade the notion that he's Marshawn Lynch's most talented backup. Robert Turbin has a problem on his hands.
Christine Michael impressed at OTAs, minicamp | 06/27/2013 12:28 PM
NewsSeahawks second-round RB Christine Michael reportedly "impressed" the coaching staff during OTAs and minicamp.
Christine Michael getting 1st-team reps | 06/07/2013 5:52 PM
NewsSeahawks rookie Christine Michael has received "a lot" of first-team reps at Seahawks OTAs.
ImpactMarshawn Lynch's participation has been hit or miss, but it's a possible indication Michael will have an opportunity to unseat Robert Turbin for the primary backup job. Pete Carroll is a devoted believer in the best-competitor-will-play philosophy. Michael is also a more talented runner than Turbin.
Seahawks ink Christine Michael to 4-year deal | 05/20/2013 2:56 PM
NewsSeahawks signed second-round RB Christine Michael to a four-year contract.
ImpactWhereas fellow Combine star Knile Davis' college game tape was thoroughly unimpressive, workout wonder Michael was outstanding on the field at Texas A&M. He possesses lateral and vertical explosion with hammer-dropping power. As good as Robert Turbin was as a rookie -- and he was excellent -- we wouldn't be surprised if Michael passed him on the depth chart this year. He's a better runner. At the moment, Turbin is better in pass protection.
Seahawks to work with Michael on pass pro | 05/15/2013 11:42 AM
NewsCoach Pete Carroll expressed some reservations regarding second-round RB Christine Michael's pass protection.
ImpactAs we see so often, blocking can be a stumbling block for rookie backs trying to climb the depth chart. ESPN's Mike Sando expects Robert Turbin to stick as Marshawn Lynch's primary backup. "[Michael] has not done as much pass protection work as we'd like," Carroll said. "When we looked at Robert last year, we felt the same way, but Robert came on really strong as a pass-blocker, so we hope to do the same thing with Christine." Michael remains a strong Dynasty stash as a more talented natural runner than Turbin.
Michael was top player on Seahawks board | 04/27/2013 12:20 AM
NewsSeahawks GM John Schneider explained that the team drafted No. 62 pick Christine Michael only because he was the highest-rated player on their board.
ImpactThe Seahawks are committed to Marshawn Lynch, and Robert Turbin is one of the NFL's stronger backup tailbacks, but having a loaded roster allows Schneider to trust his board and add starting-caliber depth. The guaranteed money in Lynch's contract runs out in 2014. Michael won't be an immediate fantasy factor with the Seahawks, but he could emerge as one in a few seasons.
Seahawks select RB Michael at pick No. 62 | 04/26/2013 8:38 PM
NewsSeahawks selected Texas A&M RB Christine Michael with the No. 62 overall pick.
ImpactMichael (5-foot-10, 220) amassed 2,374 yards and 22 TDs on 441 carries (5.38 YPC) over his first three college seasons, flourishing in Mike Sherman's pro-style offense. Michael tore his left ACL in November of 2011 and returned to struggle in Kevin Sumlin's spread while landing in the new coach's doghouse. A healthy, focused Michael is the single most talented runner in this class with hammer-dropping power, 4.54 speed, and a blazing 1.51 ten-yard split. Muscle bound but elusive, he offers explosive lateral moves and looked like a rich man's Ben Tate on 2011 film. This appears to be a flier selection, since the Seahawks appear to be set at the position with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin, but Michael's natural talent is outstanding.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Carries||2||at StL||Week 7|
|Rushing Yards||5||at StL||Week 7|
|Rushing TD||0||at StL||Week 7|
|Receptions||0||at StL||Week 7|
|Receiving Yards||0||at StL||Week 7|
|Receiving TD||0||at StL||Week 7|
|Total Yards||5||at StL||Week 7|
|Total TD||0||at StL||Week 7|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Rushing Yards||79||2013 (Sea)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||4.4*||2013 (Sea)|
|Total Yards||79||2013 (Sea)|