Rashaad Penny

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #20
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #20
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Rashaad Penny News

Sheds weight in offseason

Penny indicated Thursday that he's down to 223 pounds after playing at around 234 pounds during his time at San Diego State, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. "I feel fast. I feel amazing," said Penny

Analysis: Penny hasn't lived up to his first-round billing in the 2018 NFL Draft thus far and will likely have to settle for a supporting role behind Chris Carson, but he did post reasonably good per-carry averages in his first two seasons at 4.9 and 5.7. He's in the fourth year of his deal with Seattle and it will be a contract year following the team's decision to decline his fifth-year option. It appears he's healthy and would be the likely candidate to step in the lead role should Carson falter or miss time.

Jul 29, 2021 3:26 PM EST


Full participant to open camp

Penny (knee) was a full participant at the first practice of training camp Wednesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old avoided the PUP list to open camp and is apparently fully healthy after undergoing a cleanup procedure during the offseason that sidelined him for June minicamp. It's a make-or-break year for Penny, who was limited to three games last year and is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He's poised to begin the season as Seattle's No. 2 tailback behind starter Chris Carson.

Jul 28, 2021 7:10 PM EST



Avoids PUP for start of camp

Penny (knee) isn't on the PUP list to begin training camp, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Even if he's a limited participant initially, this is a step in the right direction after Penny was held out of June minicamp. He had a cleanup procedure earlier this offseason on his left knee, the same one in which he suffered an ACL tear in Dec. 2019. Despite playing just three games in his first season back from the injury, Penny now has a shot to win the second spot on the depth chart, as Seattle's other options behind starter Chris Carson are DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer (calf), Alex Collins and a pair of undrafted rookies (Josh Johnson, Cameron Scarlett). It's a nice chance for Penny to establish some value in the final year of his rookie contract, though he's unlikely to ever live up to his first-round pedigree.

Jul 28, 2021 11:43 AM EST


Recovering from cleanup procedure

Penny isn't participating at mandatory minicamp this week after undergoing a cleanup procedure on his knee earlier in the offeseason, Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

Analysis: Penny was limited to three games in 2020 while recovering from surgery for a torn ACL in late 2019, and the cleanup procedure was on the same knee. Coach Pete Carroll expects the 25-year-old to be ready for training camp at the end of July, but it remains a worrying sign for a tailback that's struggled to stay healthy over the past couple years.

Jun 15, 2021 4:00 PM EST


Fifth-year option declined

The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on Penny's rookie contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Penny has failed to live up to expectations since being selected in the first round of the 2018 draft, and he was limited to just three appearances last season while recovering from a torn ACL. He figures to back up Chris Carson this season, and perhaps a bounce-back campaign from the San Diego State product will convince the Seahawks to retain him into the future, albeit at a lower price tag than Penny's fifth-year option would have entailed.

May 3, 2021 8:11 AM EST



Back to full health

Penny (knee) is healthy and ready for the 2021 season, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny finally returned from his torn ACL in Week 15, but he played just three games before getting hurt again. In that stretch, he rushed 11 times for 34 yards. He's healthy again, and he'll have a full offseason under his belt when Week 1 rolls around. Chris Carson, who signed a two-year, $10.425 million contract with the Seahawks in March, is the likely front runner for the top job. However, even Carson admitted that Seattle's backfield will likely shape up as a tandem, so Penny could end up as the 1B if he can return to his 2019 form when he rushed 65 times for 370 yards (5.7 YPC) and three touchdowns.

Apr 21, 2021 3:14 PM EST


Not playing Saturday

Penny (knee) is inactive for Saturday's contest against the Rams.

Analysis: When the Seahawks released their final injury report of the week Thursday, Penny didn't have a designation, despite experiencing a downgrade in activity from full to limited. The team tacked on a questionable designation Friday, while at the same time elevating Alex Collins from the practice squad. With Penny and DeeJay Dallas (coach's decision) sidelined for the wild-card round, Seattle's backfield will be headed by Chris Carson, with Carlos Hyde and Collins in reserve.

Jan 9, 2021 12:28 PM EST


Now questionable for Saturday

The Seahawks added Penny (knee) to the injury report Friday, listing him as questionable for Saturday's wild-card game against the Rams.

Analysis: Prior to Friday, Penny made his lone appearance on the Seahawks' practice report Thursday as a limited participant. Still, he didn't receive a designation at that time, so his change in status may impact the team's running back rotation this weekend. Behind Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and DeeJay Dallas are the other healthy options, while Alex Collins is a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad to the active roster if Penny is unable to play Saturday.

Jan 8, 2021 11:52 AM EST


Musters up 19 yards

Penny rushed six times for 19 yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Penny took on a larger role in his third game back from a torn ACL because Carlos Hyde (illness) didn't make the trip to San Francisco. The San Diego State product logged 28 of 65 offensive snaps, finishing just behind Chris Carson's 30 snaps but comfortably ahead of Alex Collins' 11 snaps. Carson drew more work while on the field, as he totaled 83 yards on 13 touches, and Collins was more efficient than Penny with 29 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Penny shapes up as a change-of-pace back when the playoffs start Saturday against the Rams.

Jan 4, 2021 3:09 AM EST


Bumps to No. 2 role

Penny (knee) is slated to work as Seattle's No. 2 running back in Sunday's game against the 49ers with Carlos Hyde (illness) ruled out, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Penny's reps have been managed since returning from a torn ACL, as he logged just 10 snaps and five carries over two games. The third-year running back could have an opportunity to step up in Week 17, and the coaching staff has hinted that Penny's time is coming. Earlier in the week, Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer stated that Penny was on the verge of "a breakout moment." Chris Carson is still the clear lead back, but Penny is expected to see a decent increase in reps Sunday. Alex Collins was also elevated from the practice squad to add depth.

Jan 2, 2021 2:07 PM EST


Clear of injury for Week 17

Penny (knee) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the 49ers, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Penny made a late-week appearance on the injury report by posting a limited session Thursday. This served as a notable development given that Penny tore his ACL last December and went without a game appearance until Week 15 of this season. The 24-year-old has garnered five rush attempts for 15 yards in his two 2020 appearances, and it appears he's in line for a Week 17 appearance as well given Seattle's latest injury update. With DeeJay Dallas (ankle) confirmed out for the regular-season finale and Carlos Hyde (illness) remaining questionable, Penny could see an uptick in usage against San Francisco.

Jan 1, 2021 2:49 PM EST


Limited at practice Thursday

Penny (knee) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny required more than a year of rehab after tearing his ACL along with other knee ligaments last December, but he's played in each of the last two games, logging 10 total snaps on offense. It's a bit concerning that he's back on the injury report, especially because he wasn't listed Wednesday, but it's possible that it's just for maintenance purposes. Penny's injury status should be more clear on Friday's practice report. His availability for the season finale against the 49ers could be more important than before, as both Carlos Hyde (illness) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) have missed two straight practices. Penny would be the primary backup to Chris Carson (foot) if those two missed time.

Dec 31, 2020 5:12 PM EST


Plays just four snaps

Penny rushed three times for nine yards in Sunday's 20-9 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Penny played just four of 63 snaps on offense, finishing well behind Chris Carson (40) and Carlos Hyde (20). He certainly showed some shiftiness in his short stint on the field, and it'll be interesting to see if the Seahawks ramp up his playing time in next week's game against the 49ers.

Dec 28, 2020 8:18 AM EST


Eases into action Sunday

Penny rushed twice for six yards in Sunday's 20-15 win over Washington.

Analysis: After more than a year of recovery from a torn ACL, Penny made his return to the field Sunday. He got his feet wet with just six snaps. The Seahawks likely will see how his body responds to the contact before ramping up his workload. The 2018 first-round pick isn't expected to take on major responsibility this year, but perhaps he can usurp Carlos Hyde as Seattle's No. 2 back by the start of playoffs. He'll look to build on his recent progress next week against the Rams.

Dec 21, 2020 7:56 AM EST


Comes off PUP list

The Seahawks activated Penny (knee) from the PUP list Saturday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Penny, who returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing his ACL last season, is expected to suit up for Sunday's home game against Washington. The 2018 first-round pick hasn't appeared in NFL action in over a year, and he's only had the benefit of a few days of practice, so the Seahawks could opt to ease him back into a rotation with Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson.

Dec 19, 2020 1:08 PM EST


Preparing to play in Week 15

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Penny (knee) is practicing with the intent of playing Sunday against Washington, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny returned to practice last Wednesday, opening his 21-day window to be activated from the PUP list. The 2018 first-round pick immediately drew praise from the organization's leaders; Russell Wilson called him "electric", and Carroll said he "exceeded expectations with his movement and his quickness", according to Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle. Penny hasn't played in a game in over a year, and if he suits up this week, he could be eased into a rotation with fellow running backs Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson. The Seahawks will make a decision on Penny's Week 15 status by Saturday.

Dec 14, 2020 3:18 PM EST


Looking 'great' in practice

Coach Pete Carroll said Penny (knee) "looked great" in practice this week, but the earliest the running back will return is Week 15 at Washington, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks opened Penny's 21-day window to be activated from the PUP list Wednesday, and he's thoroughly impressed everyone in the organization so far. On Thursday, Russell Wilson noted Penny has "been electric" and is "physical, quick, catches the ball well, he picks up his protections," per Brady Henderson of ESPN.com. Carroll followed up Wilson's comments with some of his own Friday, telling Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle that Penny has "exceeded our expectations with his movement and his quickness." The Seahawks can wait to bring Penny back until he's ready with Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and DeeJay Dallas on hand. Having said that, Penny could factor into the mix immediately once he's back on the active roster.

Dec 11, 2020 2:15 PM EST


Returns to practice

Penny (knee) returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing his ACL last season, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Penny has been on the PUP list all season, but his return to practice will officially open the 21-day window for the team to bring back the 2018 first-round pick. It has been one year and one day since Penny tore his ACL, so he could be ready to jump right back into game action if his rehabilitation has been going well. If cleared to play, Penny would likely jostle with Carlos Hyde for change-of-pace duties behind starter Chris Carson.

Dec 9, 2020 1:40 PM EST


Practicing next week

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Penny (knee) is slated to join the team for practice next week, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Penny has been sidelined for a full year after tearing the ACL in his left knee, but the third-year running back is finally ready to take a major step forward in his recovery by getting back on the practice field. Once he takes part in his first practice, Penny will initiate a 21-day window for the Seahawks to evaluate him for a return to the 53-man roster. Given his lengthy layoff, Penny will likely need more than one week of practice time to prepare himself for game action, so don't expect him to make his 2020 debut until Week 15 in Washington, at the soonest.

Dec 4, 2020 2:22 PM EST


Inching closer to return

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Penny (knee) should return to practice later this week or early next week, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Penny continues to rehab from the torn ACL that he suffered in Week 14 of the 2019 season, and he's eyeing his next step: a return to practice. Once he takes the field again, it may take a while for the 24-year-old running back to ramp up his activity level and suit up in a game, as he sustained major knee damage beyond just the ACL. Once he's back to 100 percent, Penny figures to operate as the No. 2 behind Chris Carson (foot), although Carlos Hyde (toe) has been serviceable in that role so far.

Dec 2, 2020 4:21 PM EST


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