Rookie Seastrunk confident he can be reliable pass-catcher out of backfield

Lache Seastrunk

Running back Lache Seastrunk talks with reporters during rookie camp last weekend. (Richard Lipski/For The Washington Post)

Rookie running back Lache Seastrunk says he’s confident he can help the Washington Redskins’ offense as a complement to starting tailback Alfred Morris.

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity,” the sixth-round draft choice from Baylor said over the weekend at the team’s rookie minicamp. “I really feel that I can make things happen. I’ve just got to make sure I keep knocking down this playbook each and every day. I’ve got to make sure I stay in tune with everything I’ve got to stay in tune with. And everything will come to fruition.”

Seastrunk was not used much as a receiver out of the backfield in college, with only nine catches in two seasons at Baylor. He will have to prove himself as a receiver to be in the mix for the team’s third-down-tailback duties. But he said he’s confident he can show that he can be a reliable pass-catcher.

Lache Seastrunk runs with the ball for Baylor in a December 2012 game against Oklahoma State (LM Otero/Associated Press)

Lache Seastrunk runs with the ball for Baylor in a December 2012 game against Oklahoma State (LM Otero/Associated Press)

“Everybody is gonna have an opinion about what I do, what I can do, what’s my weaknesses,” he said. “They really don’t know. I know my weaknesses. I feel like I don’t have any weaknesses. I feel I can catch the ball very well. I feel I can do anything anybody asks me to do. I feel like if you were paying attention, I caught well here [at the minicamp]. So it doesn’t really matter. Everybody is gonna drop balls. Calvin Johnson drops balls. So I’m not worried about that.”

Seastrunk is friendly with fellow Baylor alum Robert Griffin III and said he will be an especially enthusiastic blocker in pass protection for the Redskins’ quarterback.

“I would never let nobody hit my mom,” Seastrunk said. “And I won’t let nobody hit RG.”

Seastrunk said he spoke to Griffin after the Redskins drafted him and the two have remained in contact since.

“He called me afterwards and just said, ‘Man, I’m just happy that we got you. I really feel like you can help us win,’ ” Seastrunk said. “I said, ‘I feel that way, too.’… He’s a busy man. I just talk to him from time to time. Since we’re here [for the minicamp], we’ve been keeping in touch with each other like every other day.”

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