Pete Carroll: Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls ‘really close’ to returning

The Seattle Seahawks offense is close to getting two major upgrades. Running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham both remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list after injuries ended their 2015 campaigns.

But according to head coach Pete Carroll, both are progressing nicely.

Carroll added that both players are working hard, which should help them get back into the mix here soon.

“Both those guys are really pushing hard,” Carroll said, via ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “We’re really going back day to day almost with those guys now.”

Both Rawls and Graham figure to be a big part of the Seattle offense in 2016.

The retirement of Marshawn Lynch will likely give Rawls an even bigger role in the Seahawks’ offensive attack.

He was a spark plug as a rookie last season, rushing for 830 yards while averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. Rawls last played¬†in the team’s Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

After being one of the NFL’s best tight ends with the New Orleans Saints, Graham struggled in his first year with Seattle.

In 11 games, he caught 48 passes for 605 yards. Worse than that, he caught only two touchdowns, well below his rate in previous seasons.

If Seattle is able to get both of these players back healthy prior to the start of the regular season, it will definitely bode well for Russell Wilson and Co.