Penny rushed 10 times for 30 yard and didn't make a catch on two targets during Monday's 24-17 loss to the Bears. The Seahawks found themselves in an early deficit and neglected the run at times, instead allowing Russell Wilson to take full control. Still, it was surprising to see Penny lead the team in carries after coach Pete Carroll said Chris Carson, who had six rushes Monday, was the clear No. 1 running back. Until the offensive line shows significant improvement, neither running back is a reliable fantasy option outside of deeper leagues.
Coach Pete Carroll said Chris Carson took the lead over Penny in the tailback battle, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Carroll went on to say Penny looked "rusty" after having just one full week of practice under his belt leading up to the season opener. Penny was simply outperformed, rushing for eight yards on seven carries while Carson produced 51 yards on as many chances. The Seahawks won't neglect Penny at this time, but the rookie first-round pick needs to prove himself soon in order to keep getting touches.
Penny rushed seven times for eight yards and caught four passes for 35 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Broncos. Penny rushed for five yards in his first career carry, but he gained just three yards on his next six tries. He was effective hauling in four of five passes, but he was clearly outplayed by Chris Carson, who rushed seven times for 51 yards. Penny won't be handed any favors Week 2 against a tough Bears defense.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said he wants to use all of his running backs during Sunday's game in Denver, but he also said he won't force touches in Penny's direction, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. "We don't necessarily have, 'OK, gotta get this guy so many carries, gotta get this guy so many touches'," Schottenheimer said. "We'll just kind of see how the flow of the game goes." Penny's availability no longer seems to be in question after he logged full practice sessions Wednesday and Thursday, but the concerns regarding his Week 1 workload are still very real. With Chris Carson likely serving as the lead runner and C.J. Prosise helping out in passing situations, it's hard to see how Penny fits in as anything more than a change-of-pace option on early downs. Of course, the outlook for Week 2 and beyond could change in a hurry if the rookie outplays Carson during Sunday's game.
Penny (hand) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Penny entered training camp somewhat behind the eight ball while second-year back Chris Carson handled most of the first-team reps early on. During an Aug. 13 practice, Penny suffered a broken pointer finger on his left hand, putting him further behind in the competition. While his recovery was pegged at 3-to-4 weeks, Penny was always on track to be available for Week 1, which was confirmed with his activity level on the first injury report of the campaign. Still, Penny is slated to begin his rookie season as the No. 2 option behind Carson, who performed well enough in the preseason to earn the starting nod in Seattle's season opener Sunday in Denver.
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|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||8||12.00|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.00|
|10||11/11||@Los Angeles Rams||8||12.00|
|11||11/16||Green Bay Packers||7||12.00|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||11||13.00|
|15||12/16||@San Francisco 49ers||11||13.00|
|16||12/24||Kansas City Chiefs||28||27.00|
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