In the 2019 NFL Draft back in April the Seattle Seahawks bolstered their receiving corps by drafting three wide receivers. First it was DK Metcalf out of Ole Miss with the final pick of the second round, then Gary Jennings from West Virginia in the fourth round and then the team topped things off by trading back into the seventh round to select John Ursua of Hawaii.
This was not the first time the team has triple dipped at a position of need, however, as in 2017 they drafted three safeties in Delano Hill, Tedric Thompson and Mike Tyson, while in 2016 they used three draft picks on both the running back position, as well as the interior of the offensive line. While Germain Ifedi and Joey Hunt remain on the Hawks roster, Rees Odhiambo ended the 2018 season on the roster of the Arizona Cardinals. At running back in 2016, Seattle drafted C.J. Prosise in the third round before snagging Alex Collins and Zac Brooks in the fifth and seventh rounds, respectively.
Brooks never made much of an impact on the field and retired after a single season of bouncing around NFL practice squads. Collins was waived at the end of training camp in 2017 and had a breakout season after landing with the Baltimore Ravens, however, he could not replicate that success in 2018 was benched in November due to the combination of fumbles and ineffective play before landing on IR. He is currently a free agent after having been released following a one car accident back in March that led to charges of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a handgun in a vehicle.
In contrast, the ever tantalizing C.J. Prosise remains on the Seattle roster, having flashed midway through his rookie season against the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles before an injury brought about a premature end to his 2016 campaign. In his second season he logged only 11 carries for 23 yards before landing on injured reserve, and this past year managed just a single rushing attempt before finding his way to injured reserved with multiple injuries.
Pete Carroll even mentioned Prosise during a minicamp press conference earlier this week, pointing out that he’s been healthy and that the coaching staff is fired up to see what he can do.
Carroll: CJ Prosise has been healthy. We’re fired up about seeing him back. #Seahawks— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) June 11, 2019
(This is a not a quote from 2016, 17 or 18. Well, it is, but he said it again today.)
That was Tuesday. So what did Thursday bring?
C.J. Prosise got hurt again in #Seahawks minicamp. This is a recording.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) June 13, 2019
This time the RB felt his hamstring tighten, Carroll said
So, I’m not sure whether Carroll jinxed him, whether it was just randomness or whether Prosise simply felt something and with a six week vacation on the horizon didn’t want to risk anything. In any case, the perennially injured running back will be a name to watch for on injury updates at the beginning of training camp in late July. From the sound of things, he should be ready to go, but that of course is assuming no further injuries between now and then.