Report: Lions tried to get Rashaad Penny from Seahawks

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The Seahawks made running back Rashaad Penny a first-round pick in late April. And then the Lions made a run at trying to get him.

Via Mlive.com, Jay Glazer of FOX reported during the Thursday Night Football pregame show that the Lions tried to trade for Penny after the Seahawks drafted him.

As noted by Nate Atkins of Mlive.com, Seahawks G.M. John Schneider previously said that a team tried to trade for Penny, but Schneider didn’t disclose the team.

The Lions settled for Kerryon Johnson in round two, and Johnson has been solid for Detroit.

Penny, meanwhile, recently has begun to come into his own. After getting his first 100-yard performance on Sunday, he contributed 46 yards on eight carries during Thursday night’s win over the Seahawks, as part of the three-headed backfield in Seattle. Previously, Penny had been a forgotten man in Seattle.

25 responses to “Report: Lions tried to get Rashaad Penny from Seahawks

  1. Penny is exactly what hard-nosed running teams and spread passing teams want; he gets north and south immediately and doesn’t dance around or make big back cuts. You HAVE to cover the a gaps every play.

  2. “After getting his first 100-yard performance on Sunday, he contributed 46 yards on eight carries during Thursday night’s win over the Seahawks, as part of the three-headed backfield in Seattle”

    Wow. So you’re saying not only did he get 46 yards on eight carries but also got a win against the team he’s on?

    No wonder the lions wanted to trade for him.

  3. Look, Penny didn’t land on a team that needed him to carry the load, and the Seahawks aren’t just going to hand him the job. Watch him play and you can see the burst this guy has. He was one cut away from breaking that 30 yard run into a touchdown (he tripped trying to set up the move). This is going to be a guy who causes problems for defenses in the open field because he has an extra gear. Right now though, Davis and Carson are playing good football, so Penny has to split carries three ways. He might not be matching some of the other rookies (yet), but that doesn’t mean the kid isn’t super talented. From what I’ve seen, I don’t blame Detroit for making a move for him.

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    Often times the determining factor for RB playing time is blitz pickup. You simply cannot allow your QB to be injured under any circumstances. For almost every team the season ends once they’re forced to rely on the backup.
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  5. Why? Penny isn’t even that good of a back. He shouldn’t have went in the first round. But Schottenheimer’s running game will overrate him if he ever wrests the starting job from Carson.

  6. On Sunday, he contributed 46 yards on eight carries during Thursday night’s win over the SEAHAWKS, as part of the three-headed backfield in SEATTLE. Previously, Penny had been a forgotten man in SEATTLE.

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    he was so forgotten he beat his own team.

  7. Running backs will tell you they need volume to get a feel for the defense and make big plays.

    Penny is beginning to do so without volume.

    20 carries for 154 in the last two games.

  8. Sure Kerryon Johnson is a good pick but this report is not surprising. If you follow the Hawks closely you can see Penny is gifted despite the lack of carries in the first few weeks. Like someone stated above, why pad his stats or throw him in the fire when the Seahawks have two other running backs playing well?

  9. The problem isn’t the running back, it’s the head coach “Bluto”, another Belichick disciple who’s going to fall on his face.

  10. Lions aren’t regretting anything with Johnson in the fold. Penny, having taken his first snap, already exceeded the performance of last year’s top pick for Seattle, the ATV genius

  11. I am glad the Seahawks took their time with Penny. Less wear and tear on the running backs trying to make a playoff run. Penny is starting to look like he did in college on the field and he is 225 LBs. The future looks to be bright with him. The Lions look like they have their HB anyway.

  12. Lions called Seattle right after they picked Penny at #27 in the 1st round and offered a trade for him. Earlier rumors were saying that it was Cleveland who called Seattle. Cleveland used their first 2nd selection and picked Nick Chubbs at #35, while the Lions grabbed Johnson at #43

  13. Why? Penny isn’t even that good of a back. He shouldn’t have went in the first round. But Schottenheimer’s running game will overrate him if he ever wrests the starting job from Carson.

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    So he will be overrated because he is in a system that uses him like a 1rst round pick and puts him in a position to dominate???

    I can live with that.

    In fact they would be fools to draft a RB in the 1rst round and NOT do that.

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