Player the Pats Need Post Free Agency: Part I.
is such an unusual prospect. He has completely changed his body type, and
when you watch him on the field you wonder how he ever played WR with that
body type. He has completely transformed himself into an NFL RB in one
season. Which is great for his Pro potential, because he has almost no
tread taken off his his tires in college. He only played RB for 11 games. He only had
167 carries in his
entire college career.
inside joke of the week. Why should you expect him to be drafted by the
Pats in the 3rd Round? Because he was special teams player of the year for
the Fighting Irish last year. The Pats need an RB who can run, and run
some power packages inside. And we all know how much BB loves versatility.
He played WR for three season at ND. Made himself into a power back last
season. And was special team player of the year. I think BB just got wood.
really came out of nowhere to have a great season as an RB. He garnered in
only 10 games: 157 carries for 1,029 yards, a 6.6 YRC and 11 rushing TDs.
To along with 26 catches for 308 yards, 11.8 average and 1 TD. He had 183 plays from
scrimmage for 1,337 total yards, a 7.3 yards per touch and 12 TDs.
can make guys miss in the hole with his feet. He runs better outside to his
left. He runs with amazing power for a converted WR. He is not a WR
playing at RB. He has great instincts, and can lower his head and make the
tough yards that tough RBs need to make. He has only play RB for one season,
and in two or three years he could be such a better RB just from getting
I first saw him I thought he was going to be a pure speed guy, and he does
have great speed outside. "He's real explosive," a scout said,
"They switched him from wide receiver, and that was a good move. He's
a running back. He still catches the ball real well. And he can block too.
He might go in the 2nd Round." However, he runs with some power. He is a nice
slasher between the tackles. He can also run over defenders. He has a nice
high step and can run through leg tackles like a cat scurrying out of a
rat infested alley.
lead the fighting Irish in total special teams tackle in 2014 with 11, and
was named Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year (2014) "222-pound
player," Mayock said. "What I like about him is he was a wide receiver until this past year and jumped in at tailback and looked completely natural at the position. So I think he's probably a fourth-round guy. I like his size. I like his speed, and I like his
upside." His potential at RB, with his fresh legs, could make him a
2nd Round pick.
a converted WR, you have to question his blocking skills. But he is a
great blocker in pass pro. You'd think he be a great receiver out of the
backfield, but he is great blocking on the edge to stop the DE from turning
the corner. He can stalemate the blitzer coming up the middle. He will ram
into the D-end sometimes, to his own detriment, but stop the D-end anyway.
has some surprising power, and sometimes just refuses to go down. "I
like this guy a lot," a scout said. "He's my guy. He's
explosive. He hasn't been playing [RB for] very long. So he may need time.
But he's going to be a good one. A real good one." He doesn't
have a lot of tread on his tires, as he has only played RB for one season.
Though he did play RB for Notre Dame in their Bowl game after the 2014
(2014): Played in all 13 games and started six times (Syracuse, Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State, Navy and Northwestern) ... led the Irish in total special teams tackles (11), kickoff return tackles (eight) and punt return tackles (three) ... caught 29 passes for 516 yards and two TDs ... led all receivers with an average of 17.8 yards per catch ... had three of Notre Dame's five receptions of at least 50 yards ... had four of the Irish 11 receptions of at least 40 yards ... registered 10 receptions of at least 20 yards ... fourth on the team in receiving yards and fifth in receptions ... 17 of his 29 receptions went for a first down or touchdown ... recorded four plays (three receptions and one rush) of 50 yards or longer ... added 126 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 50-yard TD run in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30) ... first Notre Dame players with at least 500 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same season since Golden Tate in 2009 ... recorded his first career touchdown and longest career reception on a 53-yard TD grab from Everett Golson just before halftime in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30).
can make a guy miss in the backfield. "He's just going to keep
getting better," a scout said. "You know who reminds me of...
Duce Staley. That's who. A lot of similarities there. He's a good
one" He has great quickness and lateral
burst with the ball in his hands. He is a converted WR who some excellent
instincts for an RB running from scrimmage. He has some nice speed to the outside on the sweep.
had a high ankle sprain this season, and missed a few games. "C.J. has a high ankle
sprain," coach Kelly. "He would be doubtful for this weekend. But no fracture, no major damage to the
ligaments. So very, very encouraging on that note relative to the ankle. We've got an MRI to follow up the x-ray and given the circumstances it looked to be good. But I would say that right now he'd be doubtful for this weekend."
I think at the end of the Day Two he ends up a Patriot.
He has the great natural instincts of a great RB. He got stuck in the
backfield on his first run from scrimmage against USC. He gave a little
shimmy-shimmy-shake, and then burst outside with elite lateral explosion
that made half the defense miss, and took off down the sidelines for about
40 yards. He has the stuff that you just can't teach. He was a noticeably
better blocker against USC (week 7) than he was against GT (week 3).
He sees the field like an RB, and can make cuts to make defender miss who
are 10 to 15 yards away from him. He has such great eyes for the cutback
lane. He can block like an RB in blitz pickup, and block like a WR outside
on the second level. TMIWTMIL. Excellent
receiver out of the backfield. He can leap up running down the sideline
and snag the ball like a WR. He still runs patterns like a WR.
might be precisely characterized as a 3rd down back, because he was a WR
longer than he was an RB. But he was more of a pure RB than 3rd down back at
ND last season. Watch him make the LB miss in the backfield. That is some
great quickness to hop left to make the LB miss, and then hop back to
the left to get into the hole he is suppose to run through (:01). That
last run was a nice display of power (:18). This run is a nice display of
his outside speed to the corner. He gets to the ball moving fast. He sees
some open green outside. Watch the acceleration as he turns on the jets to
down backs have to be able to block in pass pro. That was not a good
example (:25). You want your 3rd down back to be able to turn the corner
outside. On 2nd and 2, he uses his speed to easily get the 1st outside
(:32). It looks like a Draw. He heads the other way this time (:38). This
is a great run for him. As a converted WR you have to worry about power.
But he has some power in him as well. He tries to juke the LB on the
corner, but he's not budging. So he turns into him and runs over him with terrific
power. But then he continues, and runs over and through three other
defenders for a 1st down. He is not just a pure road runner. He is a
slasher as well. He is much ore than just a 3rd down back.
even regular RBs have to be able to block. Watch him slip forward and stalemate a
rusher nicely. That is a great block for a converted WR (:46). Strong
shotgun. Great block. Watch him go inside the ORT to cut off the rusher, but
the rusher went outside. He doesn't panic or falter. Watch the nice
shuffle outside to get in front of the DE, and cut off the Corner (:56).
That is a great block for any RB that wants to get on the field. The QB doesn't make that TD pass without
which is a formation the Pats like to run out of. The D gets penetration
again, and he spins his way back to the LOS (1:16). He runs to the line on
a Dive, with both arms strangling the ball. Two defenders break free right
in front of him. Watch the great cut back to make the two big guys miss
with his feet (1:26). That was a great 5-yard run that should have been
stuffed at the LOS.
the great blitz pick up. He gets hurt more than the rusher putting on that block (1:34).
Here he is running a pattern. He gets through the line, and then breaks
outside with a sharp cut like a WR. This is where he should really excel
in the NFL (1:50). He uses his nice speed to get outside, make a guy miss,
and then turns the corner for a 1st down (2:07). That was an excellent run
looks so good running outside to his left. Once he is heading up field,
you can really see his WR instincts take over (2:18). He takes the
handoff, and sees the lane right away. So he turns on the speed outside.
He sees a guy break free, and slows and cut back to make him miss (2:31).
Then it is just a power race to the pylon, and he plows through.
attention Pats fans. You know how the Pats like to go Empty by motioning
the RB out of the backfield. Well, Prosise has done that before. He runs a
little comeback, but can't pull in the bad throw (2:48). A little
trickeration Draw. Watch him scoot to the right, and then take the big
hit. But he doesn't go down easy (3:04). He gets lost between the two
blitzers and whiffs (3:20). He follows his blockers nicely, and burst into
the endzone, but they didn't give it to him (3:28). So he goes over the
top for the TD, sort of (3:54). He has
everything you want in an NFL RB.
don't really throw him the ball a lot. But he can step into the Slot, and still
runs patterns like a WR. You can see some suddenness in his shoulders in
his break outside (4:08). He sees the safety slashing up field
outside the seam, and cuts it back for a nice tough gain
(4:08). This is a great run. There is not a lot of room there. But
he sees the cracks and lanes before they develop. He follows his blockers.
Makes the DT miss with a feint inside with his feet, and then the burst
outside and is gone (4:24). You
always worry when a guys switches position if he can see the field the way
he needs to. You can see there that he sees the field like an RB, and has
the speed, quickness, vision and instinct to follow his eyes.
Prosise Vs GT:
has such great eyes to see guys coming. He cuts off his blockers so well.
When he turns the corner he is gone (:36). This is what I wanted to
see. I have only seen him catch one pass, and I think he got one against
GT as well. He can make the adjust to the short pass swinging out of the
field effortlessly. The ball is thrown behind him and he has to turn
around to catch. That was a bit of a body catch, but a tough one as well
(1:12). He still blocks like a WR (1:22).
He gets out into the flat nicely. Watch the feet as he shuffles back to
stay in front of the CB. Then he finally tracks him down and gets his hands
up into his shirt. The CB tries to shove his hands off, but he does a nice
job holding on until the QB runs into his back. That was a good block.
can he block like an RB? He steps up. Sees the blitzers coming up
the gut. Works his way through his own linemen, and gets his hands on the
ILB. That was really an excellent block. He wasn't very physical, but he
had to work his way through traffic and pick out the right defender to
block (1:38). He runs a nice RB pattern here, which is different
from running patterns in the slot (1:47).
I like this. He delays like he is blocking. Then he gets in the way of two
rushers as he shuffles out of the backfield. Then gets into his pattern
(1:56). I'm not worried about his running
(2:08). He has all the physical traits and instincts he needs to be
an RB in the NFL, and he is only getting better.
is a great block. He slides along behind the line as he sees the OLB
coming from the outside. He gets outside and sticks his hands in his shirt
and his helmet in his face, and the rush is done (2:16). He has to
step up into the hole quickly to make the physical block. He hits the
blitzer, and extends his arms (2:41).
Here he is moving laterally to block the big DT. Granted, he is more
like an annoying fly. But he get the job done, and stay with him through
the whole play. It is very impressive how he blocked him from whistle to
whistle (2:53). Here he is
in the Slot (3:08). It is a little
thing, but BB loves his versatility. Prosise can step into the Slot when
the Pats go Empty, and play like a WR, because he was a WR for three years
at ND. He runs the Jet sweep like Edelman an Amendola from the slot.
he is in the Slot running another Patriots pattern. Josh likes to curl
those slot guys underneath a couple guys going deep. He catches the low pass, but
Cravens knocks it out (3:18). I don't know if he picked up the
blitzer here, or the blitzer picked up him, lol
(3:35). Okay, that was a great TD run with great ball security. You
have to have great ball security to play for BB
(4:45). He does such a great job of seeing the Safety moving up to
get him from over 10-yards away, gearing down, and making him miss. That's an
elite talent (5:31). He steps up
into the hole again, and picks up the bigger LB on the blitz. He gives his
QB time to make the TD throw (6:17).
Brady liked that play a lot.
Watch this play. He sneaks out of the backfield and curls outside to
present a target for his QB. Then watch the nice natural catch. He catch
that behind him, with his hands, while spinning. And then watch how
quickly he is running with the ball in his hands (6:38).Now they
are in the 4-minute drill. Watch him just run straight forward on the Dive
while strangling the ball with both arms. That is another way for him to
get on the field in on a BB offense
(7:07). Check him out hand fighting with the DT to protect his QB
(7:21). The DT gets past him, but watch how he regains his block,
and shoves the DT off his QB after the QB makes his move.
C.J. PROSISE'S HONORS & AWARDS
Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year (2014)
C.J. PROSISE'S CAREER HIGHS
Points scored: 6, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Touchdowns: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Rush attempts: 3, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Rush yards: 75, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (3 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Long rush: 50, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Receptions: 6, at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014
Receiving yards: 85, at Arizona State, Nov. 8, 2014 (2 receptions)
Receiving TDs: 1, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Long reception: 78, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014
Total offense attempts: 3, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (3r,0p)
Total offense yards: 75, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (75r, 0p)
All-purpose yards: 109, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Tackles: 3, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014 (3-0)
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Played in all 13 games and started six times (Syracuse, Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State, Navy and Northwestern) ... led the Irish in total special teams tackles (11), kickoff return tackles (eight) and punt return tackles (three) ... caught 29 passes for 516 yards and two TDs ... led all receivers with an average of 17.8 yards per catch ... had three of Notre Dame's five receptions of at least 50 yards ... had four of the Irish 11 receptions of at least 40 yards ... registered 10 receptions of at least 20 yards ... fourth on the team in receiving yards and fifth in receptions ... 17 of his 29 receptions went for a first down or touchdown ... recorded four plays (three receptions and one rush) of 50 yards or longer ... added 126 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 50-yard TD run in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30) ... first Notre Dame players with at least 500 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same season since Golden Tate in 2009 ... recorded his first career touchdown and longest career reception on a 53-yard TD grab from Everett Golson just before halftime in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) ... added an 18-yard reception in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) ... registered four receptions for 51 yards, including a 25-yard grab, in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) ... started in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27), collected three catches for 20 yards and provided outstanding perimeter blocking ... earned a start in the 17-14 triumph over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) ... caught two passes for 16 yards and had a 26-yard rush in the victory over the Cardinal ... had a 12-yard rush and a career-high three tackles in the win over North Carolina (Oct. 11) ... set career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (59) at No. 2 Florida State (Oct. 18) ... hauled in a career-long 78 yard TD pass from Everett Golson on the second offensive play from scrimmage in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) ... the 78-yard reception was the longest of the season for Notre Dame ... added a 14-yard run ... the TD came at 14:02 of the first quarter, which marked Notre Dame's earliest score since Oct. 1, 2011, when Michael Floyd caught a 35-yard TD pass from Tommy Rees at the 14:36 mark to spur the Irish to a 38-10 win at Purdue ... caught two passes for 85 yards at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) ... hauled in a 59-yard pass against the Sun Devils ... registered a 33-yard reception vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... caught a pair of passes for 25 yards against Louisville (Nov. 22) ... had a four-yard rush and 45 yards on two receptions, including a 40-yard grab, at USC (Nov. 29) ... caught three passes for 34 yards, added 75 yards rushing on three carries, including a 50-yard TD run, and one special teams tackle in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Played in all 13 games both as a wide receiver and on special teams ... started as a receiver against Temple (Aug. 31), Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) and Rutgers (Dec. 28) ... caught seven passes on the year for 72 yards ... also made four tackles ... had a career-best two receptions for career-high 25 yards, including a career-long 20-yard grab, in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl ... had a single catch in five different games ... longest regular-season grab was a 16-yarder at Michigan (Sept. 7) on his first career reception ... recorded a tackle in each of the season's final four contests.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Did not see game action during the season.
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