Prosise was already set to compete with Thomas Rawls, who may end up being the real loser in this equation. Prosise's pass-catching ability and quickness should ensure him of a key role in the offense if he stays healthy, whereas Rawls likely will compete with Lacy for early-down work. It's also worth noting that Lacy is far from a sure thing -- he's still recovering from ankle surgery and has reportedly put on a lot of weight (again). Prosise, meanwhile, is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs in mid-to-late April, looking to build on a promising but injury-plagued rookie season.
Prosise will compete with Thomas Rawls for touches next season, coach Pete Carroll said Thursday, according to the Seattle Times.
The most important thing for both backs is to stay healthy, something neither has proven capable of. No matter who starts, the Seahawks will use both, if healthy, as a 1-2 punch in the backfield.
Prosise (shoulder) is expected to achieve full health in advance of OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Prosise's rookie season was characterized by injury, as he dealt with a hip flexor in the offseason program, was hampered by a hamstring concern in the preseason, missed four games after suffering a chipped bone in his right hand in Week 1, and spent the Seahawks' final eight outings (including playoffs) tending to a broken scapula. When healthy, though, he flashed between Weeks 7 and 11, racking up 29 carries for 170 yards and one touchdown, which he supplemented with 16 receptions (on 18 targets) for 195 yards. With such production on his professional ledger, Prosise is poised to serve as a change-of-pace option, at worst, behind Thomas Rawls in 2017, but the potential exists for an elevated role due to Rawls' own injury history.
Prosise finished with 30 rushes for 172 yards and a touchdown, and 17 receptions (on 19 targets) for 208 yards in six games played this season.
Prosise was drafted in the third round to add depth to the Seahawks backfield after Marshawn Lynch retired last offseason. While his skill set as a former college receiver brought something unique to Seattle's offense, Prosise's rookie campaign was derailed by injuries. Prosise cracked a bone in his right hand during his NFL debut, which kept him sidelined until Week 7, and then missed the rest of the season after fracturing his scapula in Week 11. Those durability issues make Prosise hard to rely on, but he certainly showed a dynamic skill set when healthy, as he went for over 100 all-purpose yards in two of his six outings and averaged over eight yards per touch.
Prosise (shoulder) is listed as inactive Saturday at Atlanta.
Under other regimes, Prosise may have received clearance for game action following full practices both Thursday and Friday. Rather than risk an aggravation of his healing scapula, he'll take a seat for an eighth consecutive contest. In the interim, the Seahawks will continue to trust in Thomas Rawls as the primary threat out of the backfield.
|P1||8/13/17||@ LAC||8:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ OAK||10:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ TEN||4:05 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|10||11/9/17||@ ARI||8:25 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ DAL||4:25 pm|