Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson show support for Rashaad Penny
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny had a game to forget in the team’s Week 2 preseason loss against the Minnesota Vikings. The 2018 first-round selection earned six carries, which resulted in a stat line of negative two yards. He also reeled in two catches for ten yards. Despite the lackluster performance, head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson support the back and are excited to see what he does.
Penny’s looked great,” Wilson said Thursday, via USA Today. “He really got a lot of nice runs [in the first game]. The second game, especially with the second unit, we were in kind of long distances so he really didn’t get the ball as much the way we wanted him too. But he’s looked great all camp.”
Carroll reaffirmed what his quarterback was thinking, saying on Wednesday, per USA Today,
“He’s doing fine, he’s been great. That game didn’t show it, but he did well when he had his chances. He’s had a lot of plays where he hasn’t had much space… he’s in great shape, he’s working hard, his pass protection has skyrocketed from where it was before.”
The Seahawks have an embarrassment of riches at running back, which include Penny and Chris Carson — who ran for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry in 2018. Carroll said on the two and their position battle, according to USA Today,
“He’s [Penny] fighting with Chris [Carson] every day… I don’t know which way that turns out, I don’t care, it doesn’t matter to me. I love the way Chris plays and I love the way Penny plays.”
Penny will likely start the season as a backup to Carson; considering the latter’s impressive year in 2018. But, the former San Diego State star figures to be a big part of Seattle’s future and current plans.