Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny ‘falling further’ behind Chris Carson
The Seattle Seahawks went into training camp expecting a competition in the backfield between Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. However, it appears the former has started to create some distance.
Penny has struggled to find running lanes thus far in the preseason. According to Joe Fann of NBC Sports, he has started to fall behind Carson heading into the 2019 NFL season:
Even so, I’m seeing a guy fall further behind Chris Carson, who has established himself as Seattle’s clear No. 1 option. Seattle is going to give their 2018 first-round every opportunity to show himself. Penny will get touches – maybe even up to 10 a game. It’s understandable, though, why fans feel like they aren’t seeing enough from the second-year running back just yet.
Penny had high hopes for a potential resurgence in 2019 following a disastrous rookie campaign. He made some significant changes this offseason to help give him the edge going into training camp. Early on, it appeared as though it was paying off after he earned consistent praise from the coaching staff.
Unfortunately, Penny has not been able to find his footing during the preseason. He has rushed for just 13 yards on 12 carries. Although head coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that the offensive line needs to do a better job up front, he will have to start showing some flashes of promise at some point.
Regardless, the Seahawks made quite the investment when they took him with the 27th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. It is safe to say that he will continue to have ample opportunities to prove himself this season.