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The Case For Troymaine Pope:

 

After the Jacksonville State product’s 86-yard performance against Minnesota, Seahawks RB Troymaine Pope became the darling of Seahawks

Some people even called for the 5’10 Pope to make the 53 man roster. His quickness, elusiveness and burst separate Pope from Collins, who is more of a bruising back. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had encouraging words to say about Pope and positive performance:

“I’m not surprised, “I really thought we saw some stuff in practice that showed us the special quickness that he has. He’s very elusive. He has a good burst and a good sense. I went right back after watching him, and the kind of yards he made in high school — he had some huge years in high school, and he had a really big year his senior year in college. He’s made a lot of touchdowns and scored a lot of points. It was exciting to see a young guy come through like that.”

Initially, Kansas City signed Pope as an undrafted free agent out of FCS powerhouse Jacksonville State. After injuries to RB’s CJ Prosise and Zac Brooks, Seattle signed Pope purely to provide insurance and depth at the position.

Pope did much more than that, leading Seattle in rushing this preseason, despite his limited carries. However, Pope did run for 1,788 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Gamecocks last season, helping them reach the FCS title games last season.

As an UDFA with a daughter to support, Pope’s heart, perseverance and desire could be valuable to the roster. His main role would be to provide an electric spark in the run game. While this may be similar to Prosise and his skills, Pope’s preseason performance has been good enough to earn him a roster spot. In addition, Pope’s speed can be utilized as a backup returner, or maybe even as a gunner.

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The Seahawks penchant for keeping young upstart undrafted rookies with unique backgrounds and their willingness to cut bait with draft picks all work in Pope’s favor.

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these late pickups have the potential to be good, especially for the offense. 

Pope instantly becomes the RB 3 and KR/PR

The two TE seem to fit what they want (one a big dude from Albany, the other went to the same school as Wes Saxton) 

Yeah I agree I always favoured using late round picks on small school guys that crushed weak competition versus guys who were medicore to above average against better talent. At least the ceiling of the small school guys is undefined and thus makes for a much better lotto ticket, especially when floor is same for all such late picks/UDFAs: out of league before week 1.

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11 hours ago, Rangers9 said:

He's 5-8 and 205. Not super fast but quick. He ran a 4.5. I always wanted a Sproles type or a guy like Oliver on San Diego on the Jets. We haven't had someone like that since Leon. I'm very excited to see what this guy can do and hope he gets a chance to play. 

If he's running 4.5 he's plenty fast. 40 yard dash speed does not always translate to the football field. In other words sometimes guys who run 4.5 play faster than guys who run 4.3 all depends on the player. So if he's extremely quick to go along with that 4.5 speed he's damn fast.

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2 hours ago, Smashmouth said:

If he's running 4.5 he's plenty fast. 40 yard dash speed does not always translate to the football field. In other words sometimes guys who run 4.5 play faster than guys who run 4.3 all depends on the player. So if he's extremely quick to go along with that 4.5 speed he's damn fast.

It's what one of the scouts said as well, his workout time was a lot slower than his actual game condition time. 

 

THere are some players, in any sport that are great practice players then not so much during game time and then there are those who's practice's for what ever reason suck but during game time, excel.. that would be Pope.

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