DeeJay Dallas has come a long way since his peewee days.
Now, the Seattle Seahawks running back is ready to take in as many nuggets of knowledge as possible as he navigates life as a pro.
Despite lead back Chris Carson missing time at Seattle’s training camp due to multiple deaths in the family, he’s quickly taken the rookie fourth-round pick under his wing. The bond is no surprise as both players carved their own path to the NFL starting in The Peach State.
“Chris is like a big brother to me,” Dallas said during Wednesday’s availability. “He approaches the game with kind of that dog mentality. Shoot, I’ve just been trying to feed off of that, and just take in everything that I can just through his experience, and he tells me stories about different games and what to do and what not to do and how to react to different stuff. Just kind of picking his brain a lot, and yeah, we are kind of wired a little bit the same.
Dallas has been heaping praise from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, and quarterback Russell Wilson who in recent days called Dallas “one of my favorite guys on the team as a rookie.” But perhaps no one has paid more attention to Dallas’ strides than Carson.
“That’s my little brother. I love that kid,” Carson said. “He’s a Georgia boy so, he got that dog in him. He’s one of those players that you just can just see the growth in him from first practice to the last and I haven’t even been out there that long. Me just being out there for the little time I’ve been out there; I already see improvement.”
Savvy Carson has been schooling up the rookie, but he is just as fired up on Dallas’ attitude and vision as his teammates.
“Something I like about him is like if he makes a mistake, he carries that,” Carson said. “He wants to be someone that’s perfect, he wants to be someone that’s reliable and you can’t help but have respect for someone like that.”
Dallas’ role in the Seahawks backfield isn’t clearly defined as Week 1 quickly approaches. The 21-year-old is behind Carson and Carlos Hyde on the depth chart and another ex-Hurricane in Travis Homer, but a third-down role hasn’t been ruled out for Dallas yet.
Nonetheless, Dallas is ready to show his versatility and toughness as he fights for a spot on the 53-man roster with cut day impending.
"When you make it to this spot as an athlete, you attribute it to the hard work that you put it," Dallas said. "I hope I showed them that my work from peewee league is paying off. This is a long time coming.
“I hope I’ve shown that I’m tough, that I’m smart and that I love the game when I run the football.”
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