Rashaad Penny

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

Joined by rookie in backfield

Penny will have more competition in training camp after the Seahawks selected Kenneth Walker in the second round (41st overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to the draft, Penny's main competition was set to be Chris Carson, but the Seahawks have hinted that they have doubts about Carson's ability to return from a neck injury, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reports. Penny has never had a fully healthy season, either. Thus, it's not surprising that the Seahawks utilized a draft pick to bring in another running back, but utilizing this high of a pick signals that the Seahawks believe Walker can be their starter in the at some point. Nevertheless, it's Penny's job to lose. His production last season was undisputable, rumbling for 692 total yards and six touchdowns over the final five games. If Penny can stay healthy, we may witness a situation similar to 2018 when Penny was a rookie first-round pick but Carson -- the second-year player -- never gave up the starting job.

Apr 30, 2022 8:27 AM EST

Returning to Seattle

Penny agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Seahawks on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Penny's injury issues marred the first three seasons of his career, and he played only three games during the first half of 2021 due to a calf issue before breaking out down the stretch. The 26-year-old finished with 119 carries for 749 yards and six touchdowns as he flashed his first-round potential, leading to another year with the Seahawks. Chris Carson is expected to be ready for training camp after missing most of last season with a neck issue, and he and Penny figure to split Seattle's backfield work for 2022 if both can stay healthy.

Mar 20, 2022 12:14 PM EST

Wanted back in Seattle

Head coach Pete Carroll wants to re-sign Penny for the 2022 season, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Penny's situation is unique and possibly unprecedented. After sitting behind Chris Carson (neck) to start his career before suffering a torn ACL in 2019, the 2018 first-round pick finally looked healthy down the stretch in 2022. The 26-year-old recorded 671 yards (7.3 YPC) and six rushing touchdowns over the final five games. Now, he'll be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins March 16. Gregg Bell of The News Tribune believes the Seahawks will prioritize re-signing safety Quandre Diggs and cornerback D.J. Reed before Penny given their clear weakness at defense. The Seahawks have nearly $35 million in salary-cap space heading into 2022, so there is room for all three of them, but it's unclear what type of contract Penny will command given his age. It's worth noting that Carson -- who is on the final year of a two-year, $10.43 million contract -- may be back from a neck injury for training camp, too.

Mar 5, 2022 2:17 PM EST

Dominant finish to season

Penny ran for 190 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: There wasn't any work to do as a pass catcher with Russell Wilson throwing only 26 pass attempts, but the red-hot running back did all the necessary damage on the ground. With this big game Penny posted 706 rushing yards (7.7 yards per carry) and six rushing touchdowns in the past five games, and drastically changed his public perception as he heads into free agency. The schedule was likely somewhat favorable, but rushing production this explosive has value, and Penny was almost this exact same player at San Diego State in college. His offseason will be worth monitoring.

Jan 9, 2022 4:55 PM EST

Breakout campaign continues

Penny ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and caught two passes for 15 yards on three targets against Detroit on Sunday.

Analysis: The Lions defense is one of the league's most vulnerable, but Penny still ran in a way that not just any running back can. Particularly given the context of the prior four games, a span where Penny ran for 346 yards and five touchdowns on 54 carries (6.4 YPC), it seems safe to say that Penny is playing at a legitimately standout level at the moment. Not many running backs possess combine-tested sub-4.5 speed at over 220 pounds, so it makes sense that he would spring big plays like he has, especially after doing that very thing consistently in college at San Diego State. Who knows whether his durability will continue to cooperate, but Penny should retain Seattle's lead rusher role when the Seahawks face Arizona in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 4:58 PM EST

Big day in snow

Penny carried the ball 17 times for 135 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: He also failed to haul in his only target, but Penny supplied more than enough offense with his legs in snowy conditions in Seattle. Over the last three games, the 2018 first-round pick has piled up 311 rushing yards and three TDs as he tries to re-establish some value heading into free agency after what has been a disappointing, injury-plagued career. Penny seems poised for another big game in Week 17 against the Lions.

Dec 26, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Seahawks-Rams moved to Tuesday

Penny and the Seahawks will no longer play the Rams on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. The two-day delay could also provide sufficient time for practice-squad member Adrian Peterson (lower back) to recover from injury and for Alex Collins (illness) to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list, but Penny still looks on track to lead the Seattle backfield following a big Week 14 outing against the Texans in which he carried 16 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Dec 17, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Should keep starting for now

Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the Seahawks will continue rotating running backs but Penny deserves the chance to be the primary running back, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: While Carroll won't commit to Penny being the unequivocal No. 1 back, he seemingly admitted that it's Penny's job to lose. That's not surprising after Penny rushed 16 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Texans while Alex Collins generated just 16 yards on seven carries. However, both of Penny's touchdowns this week were from beyond 30 yards, so we don't know if he'll be the goal-line back moving forward, especially if Adrian Peterson (back) is ready for the Week 15 matchup against the Rams. Nevertheless, we should expect Carroll to feature Penny in the backfield as long as the 2018 first-round pick continues being effective.

Dec 13, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Enjoys career day against Texans

Penny rushed 16 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Texans

Analysis: Head coach Pete Carroll wasn't bluffing when he said Penny would be a big part of Seattle's game plan in Week 14. Penny started the game, and no other Seahawks' running back recorded more than eight touches. The 2018 first-round pick capitalized on the opportunity, scoring touchdowns from 32 and 47 yards while putting up a career high in rushing yards. Carroll has no choice but to make Penny the No. 1 running back moving forward. Penny is set to be a free agent in March, and the final four games could serve as a tryout for his future in Seattle.

Dec 12, 2021 1:50 PM EST

To be 'big part' of game plan

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he expects Penny to "be a big part" of the Seahawks' offensive game plan Sunday at Houston, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny will welcome back Alex Collins (abdomen), who was held out Week 13. The development leaves Collins, Penny and DeeJay Dallas to man the backfield for Seattle, with Travis Homer (calf/hamstring) ruled out and Adrian Peterson not a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad due to a back injury. Penny earned his largest workload of the season last Sunday versus the 49ers, turning a 40 percent snap share into 10 carries for 35 yards and one catch (on one target) for 27 yards. Carroll's comment implies Penny may supplant Collins as the Seahawk running back to receive the most touches Sunday, but it remains to be seen if that comes to pass.

Dec 10, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Leads backfield in snaps

Penny rushed 10 times for 35 yards and caught his lone target for 27 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Penny led the Seahawks' committee backfield with a season-high 40 percent snap share, playing more than Travis Homer (30 percent) and Adrian Peterson (27 percent). The 2018 first-round pick wasn't very efficient on the ground, and his longest run was for 11 yards. Alex Collins (abdomen) is expected to return in Week 14 against the Texans, and it's unclear where Penny will fit in moving forward, especially with Peterson settling into the offense.

Dec 6, 2021 9:48 AM EST

Suiting up in Week 13

Penny (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday versus the 49ers.

Analysis: With Chris Carson (neck) out for the season and Alex Collins (abdomen) surprisingly getting the week off, Penny will be a part of the backfield rotation for just the fifth time this season. What kind of workload that amounts to remains to be seen, especially with recent addition Adrian Peterson slated to he the Seahawks' lead runner Sunday. In any case, Penny, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer (calf) are available behind Peterson.

Dec 5, 2021 12:07 PM EST

Takes questionable tag into weekend

Penny (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Even though Penny was able to practice fully Thursday, the Seahawks evidently aren't convinced that he's fully healthy heading into Sunday's contest. However, unless he experienced a setback coming out of Friday's practice, Penny will most likely be a part of a Week 13 backfield rotation that could include lead ballcarrier Alex Collins (abdomen) and pass-catching specialist Travis Homer (calf), both of whom are listed as questionable. If Seattle has pessimism about at least one of Collins or Penny being available Sunday, the team would likely elevated the newly signed Adrian Peterson from the practice squad to provide a healthier option on early downs.

Dec 3, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Logs full practice Thursday

Penny (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: One day removed from Travis Homer (calf) being listed as full on the Seahawks' practice estimate, Penny put in a full on-field session himself Thursday. With Chris Carson (neck) out for the season, Alex Collins (abdomen) has been the team's running back most likely to receiving touches on a weekly basis. Behind Collins, though, Penny, Homer and DeeJay Dallas are healthy, while Adrian Peterson and undrafted rookie Josh Johnson are on the practice squad. It remains to be seen who among those five may be the No. 2 RB on Sunday against the 49ers.

Dec 2, 2021 4:54 PM EST

Limited at Wednesday's walkthrough

Penny (hamstring) was listed as limited on Wednesday's injury report, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: The oft-injured Penny hurt his hamstring Week 11 and sat out Week 12, but coach Pete Carroll told Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times on Wednesday that the running back may be able to return for Sunday's game against the 49ers. That's quite the sea change after Penny seemingly was poised for another IR stint just last week. In any case, he'd put himself in a better spot to be active again by taking part in more than a walkthrough -- which the Seahawks held Wednesday -- on Thursday and/or Friday.

Dec 1, 2021 5:39 PM EST

Headed to IR again?

Penny (hamstring) may be placed on injured reserve soon, Adam Jude of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny injured his hamstring last week and has been ruled out for Monday's game at Washington. Moving him to IR would allow the team to call up RB Josh Johnson from the practice squad without making a sacrifice at another position. With Travis Homer (calf) also out this week, Seattle is down to Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas in the backfield.

Nov 27, 2021 3:23 PM EST

Out for Monday

Penny (hamstring) is ruled out for Monday's game at Washington, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Between injuries and poor performance, Penny has been in and out of the lineup all year, suiting up for Weeks 1, 7, 8 and 11. He's yet to see a target this season and hasn't taken more than seven carries in a game, but he did have an 18-yard scamper last week before exiting early with the hamstring injury in an eventual 23-13 loss to Arizona. With passing-down specialist Travis Homer (calf) also out this week, Seattle is down to Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas as the healthy backs on the active roster, pending potential practice-squad additions.

Nov 27, 2021 1:11 PM EST

No practice Friday

Penny (hamstring) didn't practice Friday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: A second straight missed practice confirms he's in danger of missing Monday's game at Washington. Penny reentered Seattle's RB rotation last week but was forced out early with a hamstring injury in the eventual 23-13 loss to Arizona.

Nov 26, 2021 4:20 PM EST

Injury downplayed

Head coach Pete Carroll downplayed Penny's hamstring injury Monday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "[Penny] has a slight hamstring we've got to deal with...It's not a bad injury, but there's something there."

Analysis: Carroll is notoriously optimistic about injuries, so don't read into this too much. We have reason to be concerned about Penny, as he has played just seven games since tearing his ACL in December of 2019. The 2018 first-round pick will likely carry at least a questionable tag into Monday's game versus the Football Team. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too concerned either way because Penny has just 17 carries for 43 yards (2.5 YPC) through four appearances this year.

Nov 23, 2021 9:24 AM EST

Hurts hamstring in Week 11 loss

Penny suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Cardinals, per coach Pete Carroll, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Penny rushed twice for 19 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game prior to getting hurt. The 2018 first-round pick has an opportunity to carve out a larger role with Chris Carson (neck) out for the season, but injury after injury have kept Penny from cutting into Alex Collins' newly found lead role in Seattle's backfield.

Nov 21, 2021 5:05 PM EST

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