Gruden: Seastrunk 'a bit behind the eight ball'

Gruden: Seastrunk 'a bit behind the eight ball'
August 11, 2014, 11:00 am
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RICHMOND—Lache Seastrunk lasted until the sixth round in the draft last spring because of a key hole in his resume. Although he rushed for over 1,100 yards in each of his two seasons and Baylor and displayed game breaking speed in the process, he had just nine pass receptions in his career, none in 2013. Any team looking to make him into their third-down back had to consider that. The Redskins took their chance late on the third day of the draft.

If recent practices are any indication, the team’s gamble may have paid off. On Sunday Seastrunk made a nice catch over his shoulder and made another good grab near the goal line. Seastrunk is starting to figure it out.

He said that route running and other aspects of pass receiving were difficult to master during OTAs and rookie camp. “But now I’ve got a grasp of it,” said Seastrunk. “I know what to run, I know how to run it. I’ve still got to work on a couple of things but Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’m building my foundation.”

Jay Gruden agrees that Seastrunk is making progress in catching passes but he still has work to do in another aspect of the passing game. “The major thing that he has to work on is pass blocking,” said Gruden. “He’s good out of the backfield, he’s got decent hands, he obviously can run the ball, he’s very fast. But just as far as fundamentals of running backs are concerned he’s a little bit behind the eight ball ball as far as his footwork, his blitz pickups, some of his route definition is a little sloppy right now.”

Gruden notes that he wasn’t asked to run precise route or pick up blitzes at Baylor so this is all new to him. Still, the coach would like to see more progress at this point.

“He’s coming along at a slower pace than I probably would like him to come along but he’s working very hard at it and hopefully, we have three preseason games left, he’ll be able to show us that he can handle some of these blitz pickups in practice and in games,” he said.

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