Seahawks RB Jones fighting uphill battle

Posted April 30, 2010 @ 2:19 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

The one thing new Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been harping about is the need to create honest-to-God competition at every position. So, what do team insiders consider to be the most competitive position on the team in the wake of what has widely been deemed one of the better drafting efforts in the NFL? "It has to be running back," said one source of a position that is suddenly overflowing with warm bodies following the additions of veterans LenDale White and Leon Washington in separate trades on the final day of the draft.

White, who played for Carroll at USC, and Washington, who is coming off a gruesome broken leg suffered late last October against the Raiders, have joined a diverse group that also includes holdovers Julius Jones, Justin Forsett and Louis Rankin, as well as free-agent addition Quinton Ganther, who started the final four games of the '09 season for the Redskins under Sherman Smith, the Seahawks' new RB coach.

With it being unlikely that the team will be able to keep all of these backs, the early front-runner as the back most likely to move on is Jones, who, for a variety of reasons, has been unable to reach the high expectations the team had for him when it signed him as a free agent from the Cowboys before the 2008 season. "But before they do anything, they want to be sure about Leon (Washington)," the source said. "They are saying he's not going to be 100 percent until training camp, and his condition is a key factor."


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