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Rooie RB Rashaad Penny Out 3 to 4 Weeks
Date: August 14th
The Seattle Seahawks first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny joined the ever-growing list of running backs with injury concerns when he broke his finger at practice on Monday.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the rookie, who was taken with the 27th overall pick of the 2018 draft, has flown to Philadelphia and will undergo surgery to repair the broken bone on Wednesday morning, which is expected to keep him on the sidelines for up to 3 or 4 weeks. The injury means that Penny is in jeopardy of missing the regular season opener when the Seahawks head to Denver to face the Broncos on 9 September at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Penny has been in a training camp battle with Chris Carson for the starting running back spot in the Seahawks offense, with the rookie being named second on the recently released depth chart. If he is out, it means that Mike Davis would move into that backup role behind Carson, with C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic also sniffing around.
All four of the aforementioned running backs featured for Seattle at different stages of the 2017 season, and all were out-performed by Quarterback Russell Wilson. In fact, Wilson had all but one of Seattle’s rushing touchdowns last season. As such, the ‘Hawks were crying out for a better quality back and targeted Penny early in the draft.
If Penny misses the regular season opener, expect to see plenty of Chris Carson. Carson was Seattle’s starter last season, rushing for 208 yards on 49 attempts plus recording 7 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, before breaking his leg in their week 4 encounter with Indianapolis. He came into camp as the top dog in the Seattle backfield but Penny was quickly closing the gap with a strong showing throughout the preseason. Now he gets the chance to solidify himself as a genuine fantasy option for the 2018 season. The longer Penny is on the sideline, the better for Carson.
Penny’s injury will likely see his ADP slip a bit, and you might be able to pick him up a couple of rounds later. Despite this, he will gradually resume handcuff duties upon his eventual return and has a very real opportunity to take over as the year goes on.
Chris Carson the RB1 through two days of camp
Date: July 28th | 2018
When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first round with the twenty-seventh pick overall in the past years draft, many felt that Rashaad Penny would be the starter. That may not be the case now according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Bob Condotta wrote a break down of the Seattle Seahawks roster explaining that positions depth and why that player will be the starter. Condotta points out that Rashaad Penny will most likely be a change of pace running back, to begin with as well as being a kick returner in the return game. Chris Carson averaged 4.2 yards a carry and showed potential to be the starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks. Carson had a short season due to an injury that cut it short. After Carson went down, the Seahawks never had a running back emerge to take the job.
Seattle decided in this past draft that you can never have enough running backs in the NFL, and this is why they chose to select Rashaad Penny. Most thought it was a reach of a draft pick because Penny was not that high on most NFL draft boards. Their offensive line was a mess last year and still ranked as one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
For fantasy football purposes, Rashaad Penny can be the lead back possibly or eventually take the job from Chris Carson. Penny ran a 4.46 at the NFL combine, Rashaad is a very agile runner and has a high second level speed when he breaks through the line. As for Chris Carson, he made a name for himself last preseason when he showed flashes of being the running back that Seattle was searching for. This situation is one that we will have to watch in camp and this upcoming NFL preseason.
Seattle Beat Writer See’s Seahawks Backfield Differently
Date: July 22nd | 2018
When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first round with the twenty-seventh pick overall, many felt that Penny would be the starter. That may not be the case according to longtime Seahawks beat writers Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Condotta wrote a break down of the Seattle Seahawks roster explaining position depth and why certain players will have a chance to become the starter. Condotta points out that Rashaad Penny will most likely be a change of pace running back to start, as well as the team’s kick returner.
His pick for the Hawks RB1 is Chris Carson.
Carson averaged 4.2 yards a carry and showed potential to be the starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks last season. Carson’s 2017 season was cut short due to injury. After Carson went down, the Seahawks never had a running back emerge to take the job.
The Seahawks don’t follow the same NFL draft strategy that the rest of the NFL does. While their picks can sometimes lead to criticism, their aggressive outside the box approach did build the Seahawks into the championship team. Improving their offensive line would have been the obvious move, but the team decided to add Penny, an explosive running back into the mix.
For fantasy football purposes, Rashaad Penny has the ability to be the lead back, but he’s not going to be handed the job and may have to beat out Carson in training camp. Penny ran a 4.46 at the NFL combine. He is an agile runner with breakaway highlight reel speed. As for Carson, he made a name for himself last preseason when he showed flashes of being the running back that Seattle was searching for. This situation is one that we will have to watch in camp and this upcoming NFL preseason.
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