Jacksonville Jaguars 27-year-old running back Jalen Parmele was part of the committee utilized by the Jags to try and overcome the injury to star RB Maurice Jones-Drew last season. Parmele ran for 143 yards on 40 carries in 11 games for a meager average of 3.6 yards per carry, but he was versatile enough to return kicks. The big problem was that the impending free agent running back suffered a season-ending groin injury in late November, and he had surgery on it in early December.
Parmele’s mediocre 2012 season and season-ending groin injury both played into his almost non-existent interest in free agency this offseason. However, Parmele is now being linked to a team, and this team apparently has strong interest in him as they have brought him in for a work out. NFL Insider Adam Caplan reports that the former Jaguars RB visited the Seattle Seahawks recently. Caplan notes that the Seahawks have just three running backs on the roster, so that would give Parmele a better chance at making the roster.
At this point in time, Parmele is a fringe-roster player, so he would have to prove to be healthy in training camp. He would also have to prove to the Seahawks that he can be effective, so it’s definitely a good thing that he can play on special teams and return kicks. The Seahawks lack of depth at the running back position is the thing that plays in Parmele’s favor the most, and he is also able to handle lead-blocking duties.
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