Seahawks need to utilize Rashaad Penny more in 2019
The Seattle Seahawks ground attack was completely resurrected in 2018 after two seasons of a historically inept rushing game. Leading the way was second-year pro, Chris Carson, who became the first 1,000+ yard rusher for the Seahawks since Marshawn Lynch in 2014.
While Carson was headlining Seattle’s rushing attack, rookie running back Rashaad Penny spent most of last season fighting for carries in a crowded backfield. As the Seahawks mostly utilized Carson and backup Mike Davis, Seattle’s first-round pick from the 2018 NFL draft almost became somewhat of an afterthought for the offense.
When Penny did see action, he made the most of it. Penny turned 85 total carries into 419 yards and two touchdowns. As Carson and Davis were the classic bruising backs, Penny’s more explosive and athletic style became evident immediately.
Now that Davis is in Chicago after signing with the Bears this past offseason, it is time for the Seahawks to integrate Penny into a much larger role in their offense. With Carson wearing defenses down with his relentless physicality, having Penny coming in for relief will add a new dimension for the Seahawks and shake things up for the opposing defenses.
By employing two capable backs with two different styles, the Seahawks can make their offense a little more dynamic in year two under Brian Schottenheimer. Also, Carson may have had over 1,000+ yards rushing but isn’t the most durable back out there. Carson missed two games in 2018 and missed the majority of the 2017 campaign after breaking his ankle in Week 4.
Integrating Penny into a larger role will not only make the offense more prolific in 2019 but will also help keep Carson rested during the year as well.