As a fleet-footed rookie running back under Jay Gruden last season, Cincinnati’s Gio Bernard caught 56 passes for 514 yards.
So when the Redskins drafted fleet-footed soon-to-be rookie running back Lache Seastrunk last week, everyone wondered whether he could fill Bernard’s role. Then everyone noticed that Seastrunk recorded zero catches for zero yards in his last season at Baylor.
“I really feel like I can catch the ball very, very well,” Seastrunk told reporters after being picked. “I feel like I proved that at the combine and at my pro day.”
Still, Seastrunk will face about 713 more questions about his receiving skills in coming months. And his answer is already getting better.
“I feel like I can catch the ball pretty well,” he told ESPN 980 this week. “I feel like I have real soft hands, like a baby, you know?”
That is soft. Seastrunk also pointed out that he has caught the ball in the past; he had nine grabs for 107 yards and a touchdown in 2012.
“Honestly, I feel as that there’s just a different experience with different quarterbacks,” he told 980’s “The Drive With Cooley and Czabe.” “Nick Florence was a well-experienced player, and I think he just knew how to dump the ball off to me instead of throwing it down field. I guess when you have a quarterback that just came in [like Bryce Petty], in his first year playing, he’s probably just thinking home run. That’s how I thought when I first came on the scene.”
Seastrunk also knows that the Bernard comparison will be made repeatedly. Heck, he’s already making it himself.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me,” he said of Washington. “I know Jay Gruden was the OC at the Cincinnati Bengals and I seen what they did with Giovani Bernard. And I’m thinking man, how blessed am I to be under him and to have that opportunity to be a Redskin.”