No team in the NFL has made the sweeping changes at the running back position in one year that the Bucs have, from signing Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy before the season to selecting Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais in the 2020 draft. But the team might not be done, as they continue to look for a difference-making pass catcher at the running back position, working out former Notre Dame running back and wide receiver C.J. Prosise.

Prosise was a third round pick of the Seattle Seahawks back in 2016, but never really found a consistent role with the team despite his athletic prowess and positional versatility. A wide receiver turned running back at Notre Dame, Prosise has been far more effective as a pass catcher out of the backfield than as a rusher during his NFL career, with 41 catches for 411 yards compared to 75 rushes for 283 yards.

Prosise spent ten games with the Texans before being released, rushing ten times for 19 yards and catching five passes for 18 yards and a score. The fifth-year pro is probably most attractive to the Bucs as a potential kick return option, after Kenjon Barner went to injured reserve earlier this week. Prosise has eight career kickoff returns for an average of almost 19 yards per return.

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Jon Ledyard is's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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3 months ago

A WR turned RB sounds like a pass catching RB dream. Winder why his numbers are so low? Maybe the plays he did make were dump offs and bail outs. Sounds intruiging at the very least. Still like to see how Vaughn does, he caught a beautiful turn and run pass last game, I think with him finally gaining a little confidence he could be really god.
Giants look like they are fielding an all new team Haha.

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3 months ago

I think banking on Vaughn to be a pass catching dynamo right now is a bad bet. Maybe he can eventually develop that skillset, but for now, he’s a tight-hipped, fairly slow RB who has shown a propensity for dropping passes at an absurd rate. He’s also never been even a solid pass blocker, going back to his time at Vanderbilt. If you can’t trust a RB to pick up a rusher when needed based on what Brady sees pre-snap, then you can’t have him on the field on third downs at all, even if he WAS a dynamic pass… Read more »