It's now or never for former first-round pick Rashaad Penny. The fourth-year running back has more games missed (21) than total touchdowns (six). Making his outlook even murkier was a lackluster 2020 when, coming back from a torn ACL, he averaged a gross 3.1 yards per rush in minimal play. Penny will be given a chance to earn a role in the offense, but if he's nagged by an injury or isn't effective on the field, then Fantasy managers will easily avoid him. He's late-round material until he replaces Chris Carson as a lead back for Seattle.
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 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 into the lead role should Carson falter or miss time.
Penny (knee) was a full participant during the first practice of training camp Wednesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. 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 in 2020 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.
Penny (knee) isn't on the PUP list to begin training camp, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Even if he's a limited participant initially, Penny's ability to avoid the PUP list is an encouraging sign after he 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 December 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 players who have yet to play an NFL snap (Josh Johnson and Cameron Scarlett). Penny should have a chance 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.
Penny isn't participating at mandatory minicamp this week after undergoing a cleanup procedure on his knee earlier in the offseason, Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest reports. Penny was limited to three games in 2020 while recovering from surgery to repair 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's a worrying sign for a tailback that's struggled to stay healthy over the past couple years.
The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on Penny's rookie contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. 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 in the future, albeit at a lower price tag than Penny's fifth-year option would have entailed.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
|7||10/25||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|10||11/14||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|12||11/29||@Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|13||12/05||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|15||12/19||@Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
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|3 Year Avg||54||274||2||6||53||0||44|