Why the Redskins Cut Running Back Lache Seastrunk
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Redskins thought enough of running back Lache Seastrunk to select him in the sixth round of May’s NFL draft.
He was an explosive back from Baylor University and the team’s amateur scouts thought Seastrunk had the skills to be a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He showed that in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay taking a screen pass 80 yards for a touchdown.
But Seastrunk’s overall body of work during the preseason wasn’t good enough. Running backs have to block, too. And they need to churn yardage on plays from scrimmage. Not every play can be a home run.
And so Washington chose to release Seastrunk on Saturday, cutting ties with a drafted player before he’d seen a down of regular season football. It also didn’t add him to the 10-man practice squad on Sunday, leaving one spot open instead.
“It’s not over for Lache. I’m sure somebody will get a look at him and it could be us later on,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “But we’ll see. We felt like we went with the three running backs who did the best and we only picked three for a number of reasons.”
Those players were starter Alfred Morris, reserve Roy Helu, Jr. and undrafted college free agent Silas Redd, who outplayed Seastrunk, Evan Royster and Chris Thompson. Thompson, a fifth-round pick out of Florida State in 2013. Thompson was signed to the practice squad. Gruden described Redd as an all-around back able to run, catch and block. He showed the consistency that Seastrunk never did. That and an ability to play special teams made all the difference.
“As for Lache, he had his big-play abilities and he’s a good running back,” Gruden said. “He’s a young kid with a lot of talent, obviously, but we just felt to go in a different direction at this time.”
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