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Christine Michael starting to show his talent

RENTON, Wash. -- A lot of Seattle Seahawks fans have been waiting to see what running back Christine Michael could do and wondering if he was worth the second-round draft pick (the first pick for Seattle last year) the team used on him.

The last two games have given the 12s a glimpse of Michael’s talent. He's had eight carries for 87 yards the last two games, including four carries for 71 yards last weekend against the New York Giants.

His last carry against the Giants was an impressive 45-yard run to the 1, just missing the first touchdown of his career. In his brief playing time over the last two seasons, Michael has 183 yards on 32 carries for a 5.7-yard average.

“The suddenness that he has kind of just jumps out at you,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Michael. “That’s what we’re looking for when he gets the ball. He can bounce the ball on the edge, he can cut back really fast and he’s aggressive with the ball. He goes at you. He brings it right downhill at you. His work to this point has been exciting and we’re looking forward to more.”

Carroll said Michael is starting to show on the field what the team has seen in practice.

“I think it’s been coming,” Carroll said. “We’re not surprised by seeing it. We’re happy for him that he gets a chance to contribute. He was pretty excited too, but I think it’s an extension of what’s been coming.”

Michael also is a little bigger than the other two running backs. Marshawn Lynch weighs 215 pounds and Robert Turbin weighs about 220.

“You wouldn’t think it, but he’s 228 or 230 pounds,” Carroll said of Michael. “We’ve seen him in enough games now and he has a really special burst and he’s tough. He’s got some really good qualities, so we’re going to continue to utilize him and find spots to use him.”