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Consistently the last back to enter Washington's preseason games, rookie Lache Seastrunk not making the 53-man roster just follows the script.
In light of this fact though, you can't help but feel that Seastrunk never had an opportunity to earn a roster spot.
While a player's performance in practice can't be excluded, and Seastrunk's had his mishaps, the lack of contact in practices makes games the showcase audition for running backs.
And when Seastrunk played, he was successful. He tallied 121 yards rushing and 88 receiving yards in three games. Touting an average of 5.3 yards per carry, along with an 80-yard touchdown reception, Seastrunk's speed and big-play potential was evident.
So, what's the deal?
Why not see if Seastrunk can carry this success over against opponents' second-team units? Redd and Thompson got that opportunity. The same goes for Royster, and for what? Entering his fourth season, it's not as if he's an unknown commodity.
Presented with an either-or decision on Seastrunk and Thompson, Seastrunk's ouster makes sense. Seastrunk struggled in pass protection, as most rookies do, and he lacks experience as a receiver. Put him against Redd, though, and the same can't be said.
Even if it was sparingly, Seastrunk's speed would have commanded playing time. On the goal line, third down, even as an injury replacement for Morris, Redd's name won't be the first one called.
Regardless of the faults in Seastrunk's game, the Redskins selected him in the sixth round knowing them full well. Given the lack of opportunity he was presented, you can't help but feel that he was a wasted pick.