Surprise Player Turned Heads at Seahawks Minicamp

Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins is turning heads so far at minicamp.
Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins is turning heads so far at minicamp. / Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

NFL minicamps are usually the place where rookies and unproven players can make a name for themselves at the professional level. However, it can also be where veterans prove their worth to the team and that seems to be the case for Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins.

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Collins has been impressive so far during Seahawks' minicamp as he fights to make the roster as a depth player in the backfield. He is playing on a minimum-salary deal with no guaranteed money, but the tough-nosed running back seems determined to be on the field Week 1 with Seattle.

Starter Chris Carson has been dealing with a personal matter and backups Rashaad Penny (knee surgery) and Travis Homer (calf) are both nursing injuries right now. The opportunity has presented itself for Collins to receive a ton of reps with the first team.

Reports say the 26-year-old looks trimmer and faster than he did in his first season with the team last year. Collins racked up 81 yards from scrimmage on 19 touches and scored 2 touchdowns in three games played (1 start) in 2020. Overall, he has rushed for 1,586 yards (4.2 YPA) in his four-year career.

While Collins is no threat to take over Carson's starting role, there is no reason to believe he cannot push Penny or Homer for playing time.

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