Running back Christine Michael hasn't yet fulfilled expectations at the NFL level, but he will have an opportunity to do so again with the Green Bay Packers after he re-signed with the team Wednesday, per ESPN's Field Yates.
Michael confirmed the news with a post on his Instagram account:
Michael entered the league in 2013 when the Seattle Seahawks used a second-round pick on him following his four-year career at Texas A&M. He found himself behind Marshawn Lynch on the depth chart and didn't make an early impact before Seattle traded him to the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.
He returned to Seattle in 2016 and saw a heavier workload following Lynch's retirement and an injury to Thomas Rawls, but the team ultimately waived him upon Rawls' return. The Packers claimed him off waivers with Eddie Lacy nursing an ankle injury, but Michael tallied just 114 rushing yards in six regular-season games and 58 in three playoff contests for Green Bay.
Converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery was more reliable in the backfield for the Packers down the stretch.
Michael's nine games with the Seahawks in 2016 were the only time he made a sizable statistical impact in his career to this point:
|Christine Michael's Career Stats|
|Season||Team||Games||Rushing Yards||Rushing TDs||Yards per Carry||Receiving Yards||TD Catches|
|2015||Seattle Seahawks/Dallas Cowboys||8||243||0||4.5||16||0|
|2016||Seattle Seahawks/Green Bay Packers||15||583||7||3.9||107||1|
Pro Football Focus gave him a middling grade of 65.8 on its free-agency tracker, behind names such as Bobby Rainey, Antonio Andrews and Jonathan Grimes. That is not exactly superstar company, although Michael is just 26 years old and flashed a nose for the end zone when he received more of an opportunity with Seattle.
Michael is physical enough at 221 pounds to pick up tough yardage up the middle and near the goal line, and he should be relatively fresh with just 254 career carries. He will also be more familiar with the Packers' system in 2017 and will attempt to bolster a rushing attack that ranked just 20th in the league in yards per game last season. Montgomery showed flashes, but Green Bay needed depth behind the converted receiver.
Michael has been a story of potential rather than consistent production thus far in his career. He will look to change that with Green Bay as it chases a ninth consecutive playoff spot in 2017.