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Jets Sign RB Lache Seastrunk

Can Seastrunk turn his career around with the NY Jets?

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The New York Jets have signed running back Lache Seastrunk.  Seastrunk is a 5' 9", 203 pound running back out of Baylor University.  Seastrunk was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 6th round of the 2014 draft.  In the 2014 preseason Seastrunk was arguably the Redskins' most effective runner, but poor blocking in pass protection, missed assignments and rumored attitude problems led the Redskins to cut him.

Seastrunk had short stints on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers and the Tennessee Titans in 2014.  In 2015 Seastrunk spent training camp with the  Dallas Cowboys but failed to make the team.  He then caught on briefly with the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 2016 before landing with the NY Jets.

Seastrunk is a superior athlete who once ran a 10.33 100 meters, has a 42 inch vertical leap, and a standing long jump of 11' 2".  He is not a very big or physical runner, but he is capable of making big plays.  Given his already extensive history of teams signing Seastrunk and releasing him shortly thereafter, and the late date at which he was signed by the Jets, it would take a minor miracle for Seastrunk to make the Jets final 53 man roster.  Nonetheless he does have some serious natural talent as a big play runner.  Who knows, if he can manage to pick up on his pass protection assignments and keep whatever attitude problems he may have had in the past in check, it's not completely out of the question the Jets may have found a worthwhile reclamation project here.

Here is a link to a highlight of Seastrunk's from his brief time with Washington in the 2014 preseason.  He explodes on a short dump-off pass and blows by everyone for an 80 yard score.  At this point Seastrunk is unlikely to be around long enough to ever deliver such plays for the Jets, but hey, stranger things have happened; one can dream.