The Redskins have decided not to offer a practice squad spot to running back Lache Seastrunk, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The team released its 2014 sixth-round draft pick on Saturday, a move that surprised some. He made a very impressive final bid to make the team in Thursday’s preseason game in Tampa when he took a short pass and displayed rare speed while running for an 80-yard touchdown. He finished the preseason with a team-high 4.8 yards per rushing attempt.
But there were flaws to his game, especially in route running and pass protection. The team chose not to let him work out those issues while making a minimum of $6,300 per week as a member of the practice squad.
The team changed its mind about offering a practice squad spot to Seastrunk "at the last minute" according to the report.
Often players with speed get some extra time to work out defects in their games because speed is a rare commodity that organizations like to hang on to. The tendency to give a fast player extra time to develop tends to be even stronger when a team expended a draft pick on a player.
While Seastrunk impressed many during the preseason, he didn’t do enough to make the rest of the league want his services. All 31 teams had a chance to claim him on waivers by noon on Sunday and they all passed.
The Redskins released the last three players they picked in the draft and they are only keeping one of them in the organization. Seventh-round picks TE Ted Bolser and Zach Hocker were also released. Bolser has been signed to the practice squad.
The team has signed eight players to the practice squad and has two spots left.