Thomas Rawls
Thomas Rawls
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rawls burst onto the scene with Seattle as an undrafted rookie in 2015 and ran for over 800 yards and four touchdowns at 5.6 yards per carry. Fast forward to 2019, and the Central Michigan product is coming off a season in which he played only one game with the Bengals and spent most of the year not on an NFL roster. Injuries and general ineffectiveness (he's averaged 3.0 yards per carry since his rookie year) have derailed his career after a promising first season. Starter Leonard Fournette is the only returning running back for Jacksonville, which presents a decent opportunity for Rawls to re-establish himself in the league. He'll turn 26 in August, so it's not as if he's an aging veteran with a lot of miles on his legs. Rookie fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead and Alfred Blue line up to enter camp as the favorites for the backup job, but Rawls should certainly be in the mix given the team's offseason shakeup at the position. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Jaguars in August of 2019.
Let go by Jags
RBFree Agent
August 30, 2019
Rawls was released by the Jaguars on Friday, Michael DiRocco of reports.
Rawls missed time in training camp due to a hamstring injury and struggled to make an impact after retaking the field, totaling just eight carries for 24 yards and three catches for 19 yards in two preseason appearances. The 26-year-old running back flashed in 2015 when he broke out in Seattle, but he has not surpassed 500 scrimmage yards or 4.0 YPC in a season since. In Rawls' absence, Elijah Hood and Devante Mays (ankle) will face slightly better odds of making the initial 53-man roster.
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How do Thomas Rawls' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 9"
215 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
Broad Jump
116 in
Bench Press
15 reps
Hand Length
9.25 in
Arm Length
30.75 in
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Thomas Rawls
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
It's easy to forget that Rawls will turn just 25 in August, so his best football could still be ahead of him. He's trended down in each of the past two campaigns after a standout rookie year, but the Jets are banking that Rawls' disastrous 2.7 yards per carry average in Seattle last season was due primarily to poor offensive line play rather than Rawls' own shortcomings. With Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire (foot) on hand at the position, Rawls will have to impress in camp just to make the roster. That being said, none of those aforementioned alternatives are bellcow running backs, so his chances of climbing to the top of the depth chart are much better than those of the typical No. 4 running back.
At the beginning of 2016, Rawls found himself with a golden opportunity to establish himself as the Seahawks' feature back, but the chance quickly slipped through his grasp as injuries restricted him to nine games and only brief moments that matched the highs of his rookie campaign. When healthy, he has thick legs and a low center of gravity that generates burst and power through the hole while making him very difficult to bring down, and he also offers plenty of elusiveness in the open field. Seattle added Eddie Lacy to their backfield to handle the lead role, and C.J. Prosise is also still on hand, but none of the three backs are exactly iron men, so Rawls could still find himself starting at times in 2017 if he happens to be the last back standing in any given week.
A year ago, Marshawn Lynch was coming off his fourth straight Pro Bowl and working on a Hall of Fame case into his age-29 season. He still might have that case, but he didn't strengthen it during a messy seven games. And now Lynch is in limbo, presumably retired (you never really know with that guy). Out with old, in with the new. Rawls, last year's surprise special, is now the Seahawks incumbent at running back. Rawls was outstanding in his limited work last year, putting up the league's best yards-per-carry average. He topped 100 yards rushing four times, including a 169-yard afternoon in Cincinnati and a 209-yard romp through the 49ers. The Seahawks didn't expose him to a lot of receiving work — just 11 targets, good for nine receptions. A busted ankle in Week 14 ended his rookie year. Just how good is Rawls, anyway? Seattle is hedging its bet on Rawls — pass-catching ace C.J. Prosise, a receiver-turned-running back from Notre Dame, was selected in the third round, and the Seahawks also kept Christine Michael around. The best-case scenario for Rawls this fall is probably two-down work on a good offense; worst-case scenario, maybe he's exposed as a starter. And we also have to be concerned about the rehab schedule of the ankle.
An undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan, Rawls impressed in OTAs and could make a run at displacing Christine Michael as the No. 3 RB. More likely, he's headed to the practice squad as the Seahawks aren't likely to give up on Michael, a 2013 second-round pick.
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Sees minimal workload
RBJacksonville Jaguars
August 23, 2019
Rawls rushed once for four yards and failed to catch his lone target in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
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Struggles with added workload
RBJacksonville Jaguars
August 16, 2019
Rawls had seven carries for 19 yards and three catches for 19 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Eagles.
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Out for first preseason game
RBJacksonville Jaguars
August 8, 2019
Rawls (hamstring) will not suit up for Thursday's preseason game against the Bills, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.
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Nursing hamstring injury
RBJacksonville Jaguars
July 30, 2019
Rawls isn't expected to practice this week while he deals with a hamstring issue, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
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Headed to Jacksonville
RBJacksonville Jaguars
January 9, 2019
Rawls agreed to a contract Wednesday with the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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