Rookie Chris Carson and second-year players Alex Collins will begin what figures to be a spirited competition for a roster spot at tailback in earnest when the Seahawks open the preseason Sunday against the Chargers.
Thomas Rawls greeted the question with an effervescence that has become a trademark of his press conferences.
“Man, the competition is crazy,’’ Rawls said of the Seahawks’ running back position
Rawls, though, wasn’t talking just about the most obvious battle — the one for the starting spot that Rawls currently appears to have a firm grip on ahead of Eddie Lacy — but rather the competition for the final spot or two on the roster.
Seattle appears to have three sure things at tailback — Rawls, Lacy and C.J. Prosise, who will have a significant role as the team’s third-down and two-minute back if not as an every down back.
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All three are expected to play Sunday when the Seahawks open the preseason in Carson, Calif., against the Chargers.
But none figure to play all that long with the Seahawks then turning over the carries to a handful of running backs who may be fighting for a final spot on the roster at tailback.
Two are particularly intriguing — rookie seventh-round pick Chris Carson and second-year player Alex Collins.
Carson, from Oklahoma State, has been an early standout in training camp earning the headiest of praise last week from receiver Doug Baldwin.
“He just has all the tools,’’ Baldwin said of the 5-11, 218-pounder. “I think he is probably, to me, is probably the most polished of any rookie at that position that I have ever seen.’’
Asked what he thought when he heard Baldwin’s comment, Carson said “it just makes me want to work harder.’’
Not that he showed up with nothing to learn. He fell to the seventh round in part due to injuries last season that limited him to nine games and having played only two…