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Rashaad Penny | Running Back | #20

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/2/1996
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2018 / Rd. 1 (27) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects Rashaad Penny (broken finger) to be ready for the start of the season.
Penny has a 3-4 week timetable after undergoing surgery. The Seahawks have a history of rose-colored injury outlooks, but Penny looks like a good bet to be back for Week 1. Penny's missed training camp reps and his ball security coming off a broken finger are the bigger concerns. He may have a limited early season role behind Chris Carson. Aug 15 - 4:54 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Rashaad Penny will undergo surgery for his broken finger and will be out 3-4 weeks.

The first NFL Sunday of the regular season is in 3.5 weeks, so Penny will be right up against it to be ready. He's sure to miss the remainder of the preseason and training camp and will be limited to "mental" reps. Chris Carson can distance himself even more from Penny atop Seattle's backfield depth chart.
Aug 15 - 9:51 AM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reports Rashaad Penny suffered a hand injury, which includes a broken finger, in Monday's practice.

Coach Pete Carroll said Penny will be sidelined for "some time," and he will address the situation further on Wednesday. It puts Penny's role for Week 1 in real question. He needed the work this preseason to carve out a role, especially with Chris Carson lapping him and running as the clear No. 1 running back this summer. Penny isn't worth the fourth-round ADP at this point.
Aug 15 - 12:34 AM

Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said first-rounder Rashaad Penny continues to show improvement in pass protection.

"I’ll tell you what, he’s really smart with all of the blitz pickups," Schotty said. "He sees things really well. It’s just the technique stuff that he’s got to get better with. Again, it’s just a whole different animal once you find your guy, then you’ve got to be able to go move your feet, get into position, kind of take away his inside strike. There’s an art to it, and unfortunately it’s hard to practice that until you get pads on so I will say again, from a ‘knowing who he has’ (standpoint), he’s been doing great." Penny continues to work as the No. 2 back in camp, but the best way to get coaches to put you into the game is to get a handle on pass pro so they can trust you protecting the QB. Penny is going to have an immediate role; the question is just how much of one at the start of the year.
Aug 13 - 8:36 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll claims the team already trusts first-round RB Rashaad Penny in pass protection.

Penny wasn't much of a pass catcher at San Diego State, and his blocking was suspect. Either way, Carroll said he's liked what he's seen. "He looks so comfortable with the pass protection," Carroll said Thursday. "That was something that was new for him, a demanding part of the game. We don’t have any hesitation he’s going to be fine in that area." Carroll has been talking up Chris Carson this spring, but there is little doubt it will be Penny taking the lead in the Seahawks' backfield.
Jun 14 - 6:52 PM

New Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer estimates he's keeping "70 percent" of the team's old system.

Schottenheimer has been talking all week about a fire-and-brimstone approach, digging deep for run game clichés. Nevertheless, he says he doesn't want to blow things up. "It’d be crazy to ask some of the guys to learn a completely new system," Schottenheimer said. "I’m excited about some of the things that we’ve added both in the run and pass game. I think that’ll be something that is noticeably different. It’s a comprehensive approach." The Seahawks averaged 561 pass attempts over the past two seasons after averaging 442 the first four years of the Russell Wilson era. 2018 might find itself somewhere in the middle of those two extremes.
May 31 - 1:41 PM

Seahawks signed No. 27 overall pick Rashaad Penny to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a team option for 2022. A post-Combine riser, the Seahawks traded down in the first round to land Penny. The coaching staff has raved about Penny's feature back traits this offseason, and he's expected to open the year in an every-down role. Playing in a run heavy offense, Penny has a chance to push for 250-plus carries as a rookie.
May 16 - 6:05 PM

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll envisions RB Rashaad Penny being used on all three downs.

It's the second time Carroll has mentioned treating Penny as an every-down back since he was drafted. "[Brian Schottenheimer] did a nice job of mixing some stuff in so we could see him doing different route concepts," Carroll said. Penny wasn't a high-volume receiver at San Diego State, but the Seahawks seem intent on riding him. Chris Carson and Mike Davis will compete for carries, as well. While Penny continues to climb the ranks of potential workhorse backs this upcoming season, C.J. Prosise's and J.D. McKissic's roles already appear diminished in Seattle's passing game.
May 6 - 8:44 PM

Both coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider referred to first-round pick Rashaad Penny as a "three-down back" after drafting him.

It's particularly notable because Penny wasn't a high-volume receiver at San Diego State and was inconsistent in pass protection. Schneider said the Seahawks loved Penny so much they nearly drafted him at No. 18, but were able to find a trade partner and dip to No. 27, where they selected Penny. Schneider and Carroll did say Penny will have to iron out his blocking ups and downs, but Penny is markered in as Seattle's new bellcow.
Apr 30 - 4:03 PM

Seahawks selected San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Penny (5’11/220) emerged from Donnel Pumphrey’s shadow as a senior, logging a prolific 289/2,248/7.8/23 rushing line and graduating with a silly 7.49 YPC average and eight career return TDs, seven on kickoffs and one on a punt. In 2017, PFF College credited Penny with the most missed tackles forced (86) and runs of 15-plus yards (35) among draft-eligible backs. Penny ran 4.46 at the Combine for an exciting 92nd-percentile Speed Score. Penny needs work in the passing game – his blocking was inconsistent on college tape, and he never caught more than 19 passes in a season – but Penny offers workhorse potential as a faster version of Carlos Hyde.
Apr 26 - 11:08 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Russell Wilson
2Austin Davis
3Alex McGough
RB1Chris Carson
2Rashaad Penny
3Mike Davis
4C.J. Prosise
5J.D. McKissic
GLB1Chris Carson
2Rashaad Penny
3RB1Chris Carson
2Rashaad Penny
FB1Tre Madden
WR11Doug Baldwin
2Jaron Brown
3Tanner McEvoy
4Marcus Johnson
5Keenan Reynolds
WR21Tyler Lockett
2Brandon Marshall
3Amara Darboh
4David Moore
5Damore'ea Stringfellow
WR31Jaron Brown
TE1Ed Dickson
2Nick Vannett
3Will Dissly
4Tyrone Swoopes
5Kyle Carter
LT1Duane Brown
2George Fant
3Jamarco Jones
LG1Ethan Pocic
2Rees Odhiambo
3Jordan Roos
C1Justin Britt
2Joey Hunt
3Marcus Henry
RG1D.J. Fluker
2J.R. Sweezy
3Skyler Phillips
RT1Germain Ifedi
2Isaiah Battle
3Willie Beavers
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Jason Myers