Pete Carroll says Rashaad Penny has “a lot to offer” Seahawks, just needs to be more involved

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Seahawks first-round pick Rashaad Penny has struggled to produce over the first half of his rookie season.

The former San Diego State running back currently sits third on Seattle’s depth chart as Chris Carson has cemented the job as the team’s starter and Mike Davis has proven to be a productive second option in the team’s rotation. Some weeks that has resulted in Penny not getting any offensive touches in a game. In two of Seattle’s last four games, that has been the case.

But with Carson dealing with a hip injury that could keep him out for this Sunday’s meeting with the Los Angeles Rams, Penny could find himself more involved in the offense. Despite his lack of opportunities so far this season, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll believes that Penny will still be the player they hoped for once he gets some more chances to produce.

“He needs to just be more involved,” Carroll said on Wednesday. “I think he just needs to keep getting attempts and get out there and play. Just get accustomed to everything that’s going on around him. Big volume player (in college), lot of plays, lot of carries when he played. He’s getting spot play so it’s difficult to go and just make that commitment at this time because we have other guys that have been really effective as well. We’re just bringing him along and hoping that we can acclimate him and see him at his best. He’s got a lot to offer us that we know of and so it’s just going to be a matter of time.”

Penny has gained just 146 yards on 42 carries this season for the Seahawks. He’s been more consistent in receiving situations, catching nine passes for 75 yards. Carroll points to a preseason injury as contributing factor to Penny’s lack of production. He broke a finger in practice following the team’s first preseason game and missed the remainder of the preseason.

“He showed us a bunch of juice and spark before he got hurt and then the month that he missed in there seemed to set us back a little bit and we were so close to the season that it really wasn’t the time to go back to camp and develop him. He had to just kind of jump in with us and it took him a while to get back going again,” Carroll said. “So I think he’s got a little bit of a stuttered background to get started for the season and it’s just unfortunate that he didn’t get more action, didn’t get enough activity in the preseason.”

Carson and Davis have been the more productive options so far this season, but Penny will get his chances to show what he can do sooner or later. He may get an extended opportunity as soon as this Sunday in a pivotal game on the road against the Rams, who the Seahawks rushed for 190 yards against just a month ago in a 33-31 loss in Seattle.

13 responses to “Pete Carroll says Rashaad Penny has “a lot to offer” Seahawks, just needs to be more involved

  1. He will get his chances to show what he can do fairly soon. When it is obvious that Seattle has no chance to go to the playoffs after losing the next 3 in a row, they may as well give the ball more to him, as they will be treating every remaining game like it is garbage time or the equivalent of preseason games.

  2. I honestly wasn’t a fan of Penny coming out of college, and definitely didn’t think he’d succeed behind the line Seattle had going into the season, but they should see what he’s got as best they can. The toughest part for the Seahawks is deciding about whether they want to devote time to try and develop him or deploy their most effective ground unit to try and contend. Davis and Carson are definitely the best backs on the roster, but Carson’s utter inability to stay healthy is why Penny has a chance to prove that he deserved to be a first round pick. Although I must admit-if I were John Schneider, I would be trying to trade Penny while he still has value as a first rounder and pick up some help for another position, especially if my first round back is really just a depth chart addition. I guess it all depends on whether Seattle decides to go all in for this year or see what they have for next season.

  3. It’s been a heck of a ride, Pete. Seattle will always love you and appreciate what you did to raise the team’s profile. Time to enjoy your retirement. However the ownership shakes out, the new owner will want a fresh face and direction for the team, likely one that focuses on maximizing the best QB the team has ever known. I just hope Schneider sticks around.

  4. Penny is a bust and it’s clear watching him play. Behind a good solid run blocking line dudes AVG’n just 3.3YDs per carry & he isnt explosive in the passing game at all nor as a runner really. The Hawks have some decent backs so Penny sucking doesnt really hurt but what hurts is yet again wasting a 1st round pick when they could of picked up a stud interior offensive linemen which they could really use for the long haul.

  5. If they are out of the playoffs, they should give the ball more to Penny and save Chris Carson for next season, because he is a little banged up, with a problem with his hip. He is too young to have hip replacement surgery. In fact, Raiders running back Bo Jackson had to quit pro football because of a hip injury.

  6. Nothing can change the fact that he looks slow, runs somewhat defensive, and seems to lack vision. Is this going to be like Aaron Curry and his amazing 4 highlight reel played on a loop on draft day? Penny highlights now just look like a kid running through big holes and playing against lower level college teams with zero NFL talent.

  7. hawkkiller says:
    November 8, 2018 at 7:49 am
    Penny is a bust and it’s clear watching him play. Behind a good solid run blocking line dudes AVG’n just 3.3YDs per carry & he isnt explosive in the passing game at all nor as a runner really. The Hawks have some decent backs so Penny sucking doesnt really hurt but what hurts is yet again wasting a 1st round pick when they could of picked up a stud interior offensive linemen which they could really use for the long haul.
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    STILL got our offensive line in your mouth? Look at your own Fraudinals line. It’s pathetic. But keep worrying about ours, lol. You WISH you had our line. 2-6 and only wins against that hot mess in Frisco. Go back into hiding.

  8. too early to call him a bust – but he doesn’t look near as good as Carson, and w Davis as a solid second back (and even Prosise around somewhere) – this does look like a wasted pick. in hindsight, another pass rusher, or WR/TE would’ve been a better use of the pick.

  9. If I was an Arizona fan, I’d worry about throwing the “bust” label around. Your last seven first round picks HAVE ALL BEEN BUSTS. If you go back all the way to 2000: Fitz, PP, and Thomas Jones (who you let walk), and everyone else was a bust. Two decades and all you have is PP (barely pro bowl imo) and Fitz. Penny isn’t even close to being a bust. The kid hasn’t been featured yet…he’s going to get his chance.

  10. Hawks’ fan but playoffs almost certainly went bye bye with another Wilson pick 6 last week.

    Not going to beat the Rams at full strength so play the backups and save the starters for a miracle finish.

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