RB Lache Seastrunk has made it clear that his hands are capable of making him the Washington Redskins third‑down back. Seastrunk has also made it public that he would like to use his speed, athleticism and hands to make an impact in the return game.
The Redskins had the worse special teams unit in the NFL last season. One of the contributing factors to the Redskins’ abysmal special teams play was the Redskins lack of impact in the return game. The Redskins used a wide receiver turned tight end in Niles Paul to return kickoffs, and failed to establish a consistent punt returner.
The Redskins have certainly upgraded their special teams this off-season, and part of that upgrade will be better options in the return game. The Redskins will now have DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, a healthy Richard Crawford Jr. and, if he makes the 53-Man roster, Cody Hoffman, who have all shown ability in the return game.
However, Seastrunk may be the Redskins’ best option. Seastrunk is an electric playmaker, which is why the Redskins need to be creative to get him touches. The Redskins could use Seastrunk’s ability to take it the distance at any time similarly to how the Minnesota Vikings use Cordarrelle Patterson. The latter made an impact in the return game and in the screen game as a rookie, something Seastrunk could do immediately as a rookie even if he isn’t ready to be the full-time third-down back.
It’s a great sign for the Redskins that Seastrunk has showed enthusiasm about making an impact in any way, and a willingness to play special teams. This will only help Seastrunk’s chances of making the 53-man roster. I believe even if Seastrunk can’t make an impact in the running game right away, he could find his niche in the return game, specifically the kickoff return game. It will be interesting to see how the Redskins choose to use Seastrunk’s phenomenal athleticism.