One scouting report on Seahawks sixth-round draft choice Travis Homer’s receiving ability ahead of the NFL draft stated: “Caught 37 passes over the last two seasons, rarely dropping the football. Has impressive reps on tape where he makes outstanding adjustments to the football and snatches it outside his frame. Deserved more opportunities.’’
Figure him to get those “more opportunities’’ if he makes Seattle’s roster, which he will be given every chance to do at a position that looms as one of the team’s more intriguing heading into the 2019 season.
Barring injury or something unforeseen, Seattle looks to have a stable combo at the top of its tailback depth chart in 2019 with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.
Each will catch their share of passes — Carson had one of the best catch percentages on the team last year with 20 receptions in 24 targets.
But in keeping with the way the Seahawks have configured their offense throughout the Pete Carroll era, each also is ticketed to primarily play on early downs, with the Seahawks having always had a separate role for a running back who enters the game primarily on third downs and then in two-minute situations, when a good receiving back is more of a necessity.
That role now is wide open after Mike Davis’ departure to the Bears in free agency.
Davis was Seattle’s third-leading receiver last year in terms of receptions with 34, good for 214 yards and a touchdown.
Seattle currently lists only three other running backs on its roster aside from Carson, Penny and Homer: C.J. Prosise, Bo Scarbrough and undrafted free agent Adam Choice of Clemson. J.D. McKissic, who has played running back for Seattle the past two years, currently is listed as a return specialist.
Scarbrough, who signed late last season, projects mostly as an early-down back, as does Choice, who caught just 22 passes in four years at Clemson, and as a UDFA would have to beat long odds to get into the mix anyway.
McKissic might well factor into the third-down battle.
But logically, the two leading contenders appear to be Homer and Prosise, the latter of whom has one shot left to make something of what has been a mercurial and largely disappointing three-year Seahawks career.
Drafted in the third round in 2016, Prosise briefly looked like the team’s back of the future when he sparked a 31-24 victory at New England with 66 yards rushing and 87 receiving, and then the next week ripped off a 72-yard touchdown run against the Eagles in the opening minutes.
But he suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter against the Eagles, setting off a frustrating ordeal of aches and pains that has limited him to just 16 out of a possible 48 regular-season games in three years while also missing all three postseason games.