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Edgerrin James Just the Beginning of Offensive Shakeups for the Seahawks?

We’re down to two.

Edgerrin James was shown the door yesterday, leaving the Seahawks with only Julius Jones and Justin Forsett as the only two running backs on the team’s 53-man roster.  However, come season’s end, there could be additional shakeups.

Julius Jones only has 346 yards and one touchdown on the ground this year.

In the seven games the Seahawks played so far, he’s only eaten up over 60 yards on the ground twice, while managing just 34 rushing yards or less in four of the team’s games.

The lone bright spot with Jones is that he’s yet to fumble this year.

Justin Forsett’s only carried the ball 19 times this year, as he’s seen a lot of time returning kicks.  His black eye has been ball security, as he has fumbled it once in each of the Seahawks’ last three games.

When you put those two players’ numbers together, they fear in the hearts of many, but for all the wrong reasons.

By the start of next season Julius Jones will not be the starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks.  Heck, there’s a good chance he won’t even play for the team.

With two first-round selections in this year’s NFL Draft, Seattle should look to use both on improving the team’s abysmal rushing attack.

An offensive lineman could be the first to dawn a Seahawks hat. 

Walter Jones, one of the league’s most exceptional offensive tackles of all time, is 35.  He’s also become more of a liability and wasted salary cap space than a productive player opening up holes for Seahawks rushers and keeping the team’s quarterback upright.  Jones’ season was cut short last season by four games due to a knee injury that caused him to have two surgeries in less than a year. He never was able to step foot onto the field for a game this year before he was placed on the Injured Reserve last week and nobody truly knows if he’ll be able to fully bounce back next season.

Except Max Unger, the rookie out of Oregon, the rest of the team’s line hasn’t been much better this year or last in terms of health.

Obviously you need more than one lineman to improve the unit, but a big-name first rounder and a quality pick or two later in the draft could go a long way toward improving the team’s offensive line woes.

With Seattle’s second draft choice in the first round, the one coming from Denver, expect the Seahawks to be able to select one of college football’s elite tailbacks.

There’s an amazing crop this year, with the likes of CJ Spiller, Jahvid Best and Jonathon Dwyer headlining the talent pool.

Unless Julius Jones has turnaround worthy of the history books in the second half of the season, changes will be made.  Seattle will have a new anchor on the offensive line and its first big-name rookie rusher in town since Shaun Alexander.


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