We are less than three weeks away from the first Seahawks Preseason Game of the year. As we creep towards the top-five of our list, we stop to profile the seventh-most interesting Seahawk: running back C.J. Prosise.
C.J. Prosise was a somewhat surprising selection for the Seahawks in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. It did not take fans long to see what got John Schneider and Pete Carroll so excited about this prospect. Unfortunately, Prosise was unable to stay healthy, missing 10 games as a rookie, including nine games with a broken shoulder blade.
At 6’1″ 220 lbs, Prosise runs with the speed and agility of a scat back, but also has the size to run as a power back. A former wide receiver at Notre Dame, he catches the ball extremely well. He has big play ability, and is a mismatch for most linebackers. He is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Prosise averaged 5.7 yards per carry on the ground and 12 yards per catch. He caught 17 of 19 targets. His prowess as both a runner and pass catcher led some (myself included) to compare him to a young Matt Forte. What makes Prosise so interesting is not what we have watched in his six career games, but what we haven’t seen: A consistent and healthy player.
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The Seahawks did not bring in direct competition for Prosise this offseason. He will be the third-down back entering the season. He will likely fight for carries with Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. Prosise might be the most talented back of the trio, and if he can touch the football 140-160 times this season, the Seahawks offense has a chance to be great.
If Prosise cannot stay healthy, it leads to a major question of who would fill his role. Rawls and Lacy should be able to carry the load. While Lacy is a better pass catcher than given credit for, he is not a mismatch for opposing defenses.
A healthy Prosise could take the Seahawks offense from good to dangerous. It is this ability to change the game that makes him the 7th most interesting Seahawk.