ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Lache Seastrunk wasn’t asked to catch passes at Baylor. That’s just not what the Bears offense was about.
But if the sixth-round draft pick hopes to make an impact with the Washington Redskins this season, that’s exactly what he’ll have to do.
Seastrunk is already working on his pass catching abilities and was busy taking part in a number of hands drills during the team’s rookie minicamp this past weekend. The running back says he’s already confident in his hands, but coach Jay Gruden says the Redskins aren’t expecting him to be sure-handed right away.
“It’s no knock on him. It might just take him a little bit more time, but he’ll get it,” said Gruden. “[Running backs coach Randy] Jordan is going to get after him quite a lot and it’s going to take him some time and it’s not going to happen overnight with Lache. He’s got a long way to go, but he’ll get there.”
The second part of the equation will be providing cover for Robert Griffin III, whom he’s known since high school.
“Some of these guys coming out of college, when they have to see all the different fronts, all the different blitzes and all the different coverages and all the routes and all the protections,” said Gruden. “It’s a lot to handle for a young kid and it’s going to take him some time.”
Seastrunk said he didn’t lobby his former college teammate to have the Redskins draft him. Naturally, that didn’t keep Griffin from asking the coaches to add more Baylor blood to the roster.
Eager to return the favor, Seastrunk seems poised to keep Griffin upright.
“I would never let nobody hit my mom so just the same rules apply to RG,” he said.