Less than three months after running back Marshawn Lynch retired during Super Bowl 50, the Seahawks tried to replace him in part by adding running back C.J. Prosise in round three of the draft.
It hasn’t gone well for Prosise, or for the Seahawks.
Through two seasons, Prosise has 195 total rushing yards in only 11 appearances. Last year, he generated a mere 23 yards on 11 carries. Injuries have been the primary problem, but running backs at the NFL level need to be able to stay healthy, obviously. And that’s been one of the biggest problems for all of the Seattle running backs, post-Marshawn.
Enter Rashaad Penny, via round one of the 2018 draft, and Prosise not surprisingly is on the roster bubble. Coach Pete Carroll confirmed that recently, although he also praised Prosise as a guy who has done very well in the offseason program.
Already besieged by rotation injuries, the other Los Angeles team had to scramble for an impromptu bullpen game when Dennis Santana, set to make his big league debut, suffered a lat injury just prior to Thursday’s outing. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is uncertain as to whether or not Kenta Maeda (strained hip) can return for the short Texas series. With a pair of off days (Monday and Thursday), Dodgers hitters can likely be avoided, and it does give this team’s beleaguered bullpen a chance to play catchup. A potential Triple-A option (Tyler Pill?) plus Maeda could allow Los Angeles to give each of its healthy trio of arms Walker Buehler, Alex Wood and Russ Stripling a full week of rest between starts. Time will tell.
Josina Anderson of ESPN.com reports that Beckham is scheduled to travel into town today with plans of attending the team’s mandatory minicamp practice which starts Tuesday.
The key word in the report? Attending. Because attending isn’t participating.
Of course, Beckham can’t participate until he is medically cleared to do so. That’s yet to happen, due to the broken leg he suffered last year.
If/when clearance comes, Beckham will have a decision to make. And if he practices or plays without a new contract, he’ll have to worry about suffering another serious injury before getting his payday.