While his rushing numbers are among the league leaders (13th in yards), tie for 2nd in most touchdown in a season 16th with Ricky Williams and in the top seven for most games with a run for 20 yard or more, Shaun Alexander wants to do more.
" I am in better shape than I was last year and ready to do more, I am ready to go." Alexander said of his contribution to the team in the upcoming season.
Where Alexander could do more is in complete games where his running and catching complement each other.
Alexander has proven that he can catch the ball; his 59 catches last season tied him with Tampa Bays Michael Pitman for seventh place for running backs in the league.
Alexander showed this balanced attack in week four against the Minnesota Vikings. Alexander rushed for 139 yards scored four touchdowns and caught three passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. While asking an NFL running back to post those numbers week in week out is unrealistic, it is not unrealistic for a back to be a double threat
. In week 13th against the 49ers Alexander had 74yards rushing and 77 yards receiving. A clear sign that he can be a double threat in games when asked to do so.
. Alexander has the speed to out run most linebackers if isolated one on one.
In three games last year (Arizona, Denver, and San Francisco) Alexander had more receiving yards than rushing " I am in better shape than last year and brought my sprint coach from my rookie year to teach me how to run again." Alexander said. " I am looking to improve on my numbers from last year and ready to help the team any way, I can." If Alexander continues to improve as an all around back ,the Seattle Offense should continue to rise.