Seahawks want Rashaad Penny to be a three-down back

AP

The Seahawks got their first look at first-round running back Rashaad Penny on the field during their three-day rookie minicamp and the first reviews of his work are positive ones.

Coach Pete Carroll said the team focused on putting Penny in a variety of postions in and out of the backfield during the practice sessions and found the rookie “can do whatever we need to do in the throwing game.” Those skills as a pass catcher make it easier to keep Penny on the field, but he’ll also need to prove adept as a pass blocker and that’s something the Seahawks will have to find out down the line.

“We’re gonna work real hard with his pass protection and make sure that he’s up to speed there,” Carroll said, via the Tacoma News Tribune. “We’d like to see if we can make him available to us on all three downs. Kind of like we use Chris [Carson].”

Carson had a promising start last year, but a broken leg put him out of action after four games so the Seahawks can’t be totally sure what they have in him. If those good signs survived the injury and Penny develops as hoped, Seattle will feel a lot better about their backfield than they did at the end of last year.

27 responses to “Seahawks want Rashaad Penny to be a three-down back

  1. .
    There were 3 first round RBs taken:

    2. Barkley – Giants
    27. Penny – Seattle
    31. Michel – Patriots

    It will be interesting to see how these three are doing at mid-season.
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  2. well if you jump up and take a running back in the 1st round uh yea he needs and is expected to be a 3 down back….DUH!!!

  3. They need to worry about Russell Wilson’s late season slump, which resulted in Seattle falling from 2nd place in passing yards at midseason to 12th overall at the end of the season. Gone are his receivers Jimmy G. and Paul Richardson. Backup TE Luke WillSon is gone too. Doug Baldwin blames the QB for the lackluster passing game and the front office once again failed to address the QB situation through the draft after admitting that they did not do it in the past.

  4. Petey and Snide moved up in the fifth round to draft a punter, knowing that Vegas Raiders needs one after cutting Marquette King. Seattle needs a good punter who can boom it since they will go 3 and out very often this season.

  5. That’s why they drafted him in the first. He’s also a great returner. Seattle’s line was so bad last year that up is the only way to go. Having Brown for a whole season and Procic in year 2, Fluker who ranked 19th in run blocking last year with PFF, Britt back and competition at RT with Fant and Ifedi should be an improvement. Solari’s power scheme and Schottenheimer’s offense with multiple pass run options should also be a nice change along with two good blocking TE’s and a real FB. Chris Carson is also a similar style back. Seattle had some success with the run until he was lost for the season in game 4.
    The offensive scheme and the outdated ZBS system has been an anchor for the last two seasons.Cable was given a former all pro LT, 2 second round picks, two first round picks and a 3 rounder and couldn’t make it work. Good luck Oakland.

  6. Penny is going to take a beating behind SEA’s line. The NFL is a massive step up in competition from what he saw at SDSU as well, the easy wide open running lanes arent going to be there. I think he is going to have a reality check this up coming SEA and struggle behind that line.

  7. Seattle has had a ton of stud RBs since Marshawn Lynch left… The O-Line was terrible!

    Alex Collins, Rawls, Carson, Lacy, Prosise, Mike Davis etc…

  8. Schottenheimer had a top 5 rushing attack for a few years with the Jets when he was there. Thomas Jones was his back at the time. Solari also was in the top five in rushing for several years when he was with the 49ers and had Frank Gore. Schneider went out and picked up some dominant blockers in free agency in Fluker and Dickson. Then he drafted a mailer TE in Dissley. Promising left guard Pocic has reportedly added 20 lbs in offseason weight lifting. Having a full season with Duane Brown will be huge. Really the only question mark will be right tackle but Ifedi will be challenged by Fant from what I’m hearing and Fant has tremendous upside. Add in a stud like Penny and cross your fingers for health from either Carson or Procise, and there is a lot of potential for AT LEAST a respectable run game. And with teams forced to respect the run, Wilson can be magical. As much as you hate us, you know that is true.

  9. Seattle has had a ton of stud RBs since Marshawn Lynch left…

    Alex Collins, Rawls, Carson, Lacy, Prosise, Mike Davis etc…
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    LOL

  10. And, i want to be 6’4”/ 225 with a full head of blondehair. Neither is happening

  11. And again the trolls talk about the offensive line like they have a clue.

    Then there’s the funny troll who actually tries to say it’s Russell Wilson’s fault and Seattle should have address their QB needs in the draft LOL.

    Good stuff

  12. omeimontis says:
    They need to worry about Russell Wilson’s late season slump, which resulted in Seattle falling from 2nd place in passing yards at midseason to 12th overall at the end of the season. Gone are his receivers Jimmy G. and Paul Richardson. Backup TE Luke WillSon is gone too. Doug Baldwin blames the QB for the lackluster passing game and the front office once again failed to address the QB situation through the draft after admitting that they did not do it in the past.
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    I’m sorry, the “late season slump” that saw him lead the NFL in touchdown passes?

  13. .
    “Those skills as a pass catcher make it easier to keep Penny on the field”
    he caught what 10 passes a year? what skillz?

    this dude ran some crazy yards yet there was no hype, why?
    if he actually can do 200 a game in the NFL would not being able to block even matter?

  14. Will the Hawks O-line be improved? Sure it will, because it can’t be any worse but let’s pump the breaks on Solari coming in and being a miracle worker. He might have better scheme designs than Cable but at the end of the day these guys still have to block against some tremendous D-lines this season, namely the Rams twice and Minnesota.

  15. Hey Easeback; they didn’t jump up to take a RB. They dropped back in the draft actually.

  16. Seattles running attack and Oline will be just fine this coming season. I’m still worried about the kicking game. Seabass and his 40something year old knuckleballs could once again be the difference between a W/L. Why can’t they play for 40 yard kicks and in, instead of circling the 33-35 as the goal spot to get to. Think outside the box Pete!

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