In my story today, with Marshawn Lynch sitting out most of the preseason to rest his back and get ready for Seattle’s season opener against Arizona in two weeks, rookie running back Robert Turbin has filled in nicely.
Turbin is fourth in the league during preseason play with 151 yards on 34 carries, an average gain of 4.4 yards.
Turbin got his first start against Kansas City on Friday, darting through the Chiefs for 93 yards on 14 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run.
“There were some plays where I kind of caught myself second guessing once I got into the secondary,” Turbin said. “But I’ve always got to keep in mind that the fastest way to get into the end zone is running north and south. So I’ve just got to keep that in mind, and keep working hard and practicing hard – keep taking the coaching, and I’ll get better.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune takes a look at the success third round picks at quarterback have had, with the possibility Russell Wilson is named the starter. Wilson will join a group that includes Dan Fouts and Joe Montana. If named the starter for the season opener, Wilson would become the first third-round pick to start as a rookie since Joe Ferguson in Buffalo in 1973.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com gives Russell Wilson the nod as the top performing rookie quarterback over Andrew Luck and RGIII for this week.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times wonders if there’s still room for Terrell Owens on Seattle’s roster. O’Neil: “He’s in great shape, and remains a big-play threat on a team that didn’t have a player catch more than 51 passes a year ago. But with Braylon Edwards also playing well, he’s no sure thing to make the roster. This could be a call that comes down to the wire.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Russell Wilson is part of an impressive rookie class that Seattle drafted this season.
710 ESPN Seattle’s Mike Salk writes that Russell Wilson should be the starter.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland is here to offer some advice on how to win your fantasy football league. His conclusion on the game based on at times sheer luck – fantasy football is stupid. Agreed, but I’ll still throw some meat on the grill and hold my draft this afternoon. Barnwell does attempt to apply some logic to rating players that could help in your drafts.