Pete Carroll has big plans for C.J. Prosise — call it the Prosise Project — so the hamstring injury that has sidelined him all camp has been a major pain for the coach.
“He’s missed a ton — there’s no other way to put it,” Carroll lamented Tuesday. “He missed a lot in the end of OTAs also. He finished OTAs with three days of good work that showed us what we’re looking for, so it’s just frustrating for everybody — because we know he’s got a lot to learn, he’s got a big role that he has a chance to fill.”
The Seahawks drafted the Notre Dame back in the third round because of his experience as a receiver, planning to make him their designated third-down back. But there are a lot of intricacies to that situational role, and he will have to show them he can handle it before the season.
At this point, Prosise is a distant fourth in the rotation behind the semi-proven (and now healthy) Thomas Rawls, the rededicated Christine Michael and fifth-round rookie Alex Collins. The only reason Zac Brooks hasn’t passed Prosise is because the seventh-rounder has been out the last few days himself.
Carroll and Darrell Bevell apparently are dead set on having a designated receiving back, because they have moved cornerback George Farmer to that role.
“I am anxious to see how he fits,” Carroll said. “George is a fantastic athlete. He’s done a lot at receiver and running back in college and all through his days. He played DB and all that back in the past, so he’s done everything. He is such a versatile player. We thought we could give him a shot.”
But, it’s early enough that Carroll has not given up on the Prosise Project.
“It’s just been unfortunate and frustrating,” Carroll repeated. “I would think he might have a chance for the next game. … We’ll dump it on him. He’s studying really hard, he’s working at it, and he’s doing good in his rehab. But there’s nothing like getting in the huddle, breaking the huddle with everybody and doing the whole stuff.”