Sep 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (33) rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll: Seahawks' Christine Michael 'to get a ton of work'

The Seattle Seahawks have a workhorse running back in Marshawn Lynch, arguably one of the best at the position in the league. His contract however is up after the 2015 season and the Seahawks could be looking to start working on their transition to life post-Lynch.

That would likely be second-year running back Christine Michael, who barely was used in the offense in their 2013 season that ended with a Super Bowl win. In his second season in the league he could see an incredible increase in playing time and a bigger, expanded role in the offense.

“We have very high expectations for him,” coach Pete Carroll said, via ESPN.com’s Terry Blount. “He’s going to get a ton of work. He’s just a million miles ahead of where he was in terms of understanding what we want scheme-wise, pass protection-wise, route-wise and we know he’s a natural runner. He’s got explosive talent and we just want to get him to fit in.”

Lynch isn’t at the Seahawks OTAs this week, so Michael is already getting an increase in reps with the first team and is apparently impressing. Seahawks general manager John Schneider has already called Michael one of the Seahawks “most explosive offensive players” in an interview from early April.

Michael played in four games in 2013, carrying the ball just 18 times for 79 yards. Those numbers look like they’ll go up considerably, and considering the Seahawks lost wide receiver Golden Tate in the offseason to the Detroit Lions in free agency, them looking to run the ball more makes sense.

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