Spencer Ware to Seahawks: How Does the Running Back Fit with Seattle?
Apparently, Seattle is intent on adding as much competition at the running back position as possible. After selecting Christine Michael in the second round of the draft, the Seahawks picked up the physically gifted Spencer Ware in the sixth round.
The LSU product is one of those running backs who openly looks for contact on the football field. He will lower his shoulder at the point of contact and represents a solid addition in terms of short-yardage situations.
At 228 pounds, Ware is about the same weight as current Seattle fullback Michael Robinson. While I won't go as far as to say that Ware could come in and beat out Robinson, he could translate into being a project fullback moving forward.
As it is, Ware is going to have a difficult time breaking training camp on Seattle's 53-man roster. There is absolutely no way he beats out Christine Michael for the No. 3 running back spot behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.
Unless Seattle decides to go with two fullbacks on its roster, Ware is staring the practice squad directly in the face.
That being said, there is a certain amount of upside here.
Ware was a 4-star recruit and the 10th-best running back prospect in the nation coming out of Princeton, Ohio back in 2010 (via Scout.com).
While he wasn't on Matt Miller's top 300 big board, Ware has the physicality to make an impact at the next level.
Spencer Ware also played some FB when Ridley was at LSU.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@espn_nfcwest) April 27, 2013
This brings me back to my original point. Ware could see time at fullback behind Michael Robinson. In fact, that seems to represent his best chance of making the 53-man roster.
Longer term, Ware could project as a possible replacement for Robinson. All this pick does is add another physical dimension to one of the scariest rosters in the entire National Football League. If Ware pans out, a backfield of Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Michael Robinson and Ware has to make opposing NFC West defenses unhinge at the seams.
Make no bones about it, Seattle is putting the rest of the division, mainly San Francisco, on notice. You will not intimidate us at the line and our two meetings per season will continue to resemble MMA cage fights.
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