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Jets Sign RB Thomas Rawls

Posted Mar 30, 2018

Fourth-Year Veteran Running Back Holds a Pair of Seahawks Rookie Rushing Records


The Jets have signed running back Thomas Rawls.


Rawls originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2015 with the Seahawks. In three seasons with the ‘Hawks, he totaled 1,336 yards and seven touchdowns on 314 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. The 5’9”, 215-pounder also recorded 31 receptions for 266 yards and one score. The fourth-year veteran has started in 17 of his 34 games.

In Rawls’ rookie season, he primarily served as a rotational back behind Fred Jackon and Marshawn Lynch, but slid into a starting role when Lynch missed time with an abdomen injury. Rawls rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries in his first start and later broke the Seahawks’ rookie record for rushing yards in a single game with 209. The 24-year-old missed significant time in 2016 with a fractured fibula, but set a franchise postseason rookie record with 161 rushing yards against the Lions in the NFC Wild Card Round.

The Flint, MI native originally committed to play college ball at the University of Michigan, but transferred to Central Michigan for his senior year. Rawls rushed for 1,103 yards and 10 touchdowns on 210 carries for the Chippewas and earned All-MAC second-team honors.