Rashaad Penny
Rashaad Penny
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Seattle Seahawks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It's getting harder and harder to remember what the Seahawks saw in Penny when they selected him near the end of the first round in 2018 (ahead of Nick Chubb, among others). Three years into his NFL career, Penny has missed a total of 21 games due to injury, including 13 last season, and when he did get back on the field late in 2020 he did little to suggest any kind of breakout was coming. Assuming he's ever 100 percent again, the San Diego State product has NFL size and 4.46 speed, and while the development of his third-down skills has been hampered by all the time he's missed, he could still be an effective early down option and a useful complement to Chris Carson, who is himself showing the wear and tear of a physical running style. Seattle declined the fifth-year option on Penny's contract this offseason, so he'll get one more chance to prove the organization didn't make a huge mistake when it drafted him. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.77 million contract with the Seahawks in May of 2018. Seahawks declined $4.52 million team option for 2022 in May of 2021.
Feeling good in camp
RBSeattle Seahawks
July 29, 2021
Penny indicated Thursday that he's down to 223 pounds after playing at around 234 pounds during his time at San Diego State, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. "I feel fast. I feel amazing," said Penny
ANALYSIS
Penny hasn't lived up to his first-round billing in the 2018 NFL Draft thus far and will likely have to settle for a supporting role behind Chris Carson, but he did post reasonably good per-carry averages in his first two seasons at 4.9 and 5.7. He's in the fourth year of his deal with Seattle and it will be a contract year following the team's decision to decline his fifth-year option. It appears he's healthy and would be the likely candidate to step into the lead role should Carson falter or miss time.
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How do Rashaad Penny's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
Broken Tackle %
9.1%
 
Positive Run %
72.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
67.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
0.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
0.0%
 
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383%
121%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Rashaad Penny's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
220 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.46 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
31.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
Penny just can't catch a break. The 2018 first-round pick saw his first significant action of 2019 in Week 2 after a Chris Carson fumble, only to strain his hamstring prior to Week 3. The issue bothered Penny off and on for the next month, and his touches were limited until after the team's bye, at which point he erupted for 236 yards and three touchdowns in the next two games. On his first touch the following week against the Rams, he tore his ACL and was done for the year. When he's healthy, Penny's size (5-11, 220) and speed (4.46 40) make him an effective runner, with a career 5.3 YPC. Penny isn't expected to be ready for Week 1, however, as his knee injury included additional ligament and/or meniscus damage. The Seahawks signed Carlos Hyde and drafted DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round, giving Penny time to get healthy.
Usually, when a team invests a first-round pick in a running back, the assumption is it will give the crown jewel of its draft class more than 94 touches, but apparently they do things a little different in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, Penny had the second-fewest touches since 2002 of any first-round rookie running back with at least 12 games played (David Wilson, 75 in 2012). Penny suffered a broken finger in training camp, and while he recovered in time for Week 1, Chris Carson locked up the starting job for good a couple weeks later; Penny then had a hard time even wrestling the No. 2 job away from Mike Davis. The rookie showed why he was the 27th overall pick when he got a chance, though, rushing for 108 yards and a score on 12 carries in Week 10 when Carson was out. Penny didn't show much as a receiver, but that shouldn't be a huge obstacle in an offense that attempted a league-low 427 passes last season. What he does offer is good size (220 pounds), some power in his legs and surprising speed (4.46 40), and with Davis now in Chicago, Penny heads into his second season looking to force his way into a timeshare with Carson. The duo's similar skill set should allow them to wear down defenses, so the better numbers any given week could come down to who gets carries in the fourth quarter, causing a headache for owners.
Arguably the most shocking selection of the 2018 draft, Penny went to Seattle with the 27th overall pick, the second running back off the board. The team definitely had a need at the position, but taking Penny over bigger-name backs like Sony Michel, Nick Chubb and Derrius Guice raised eyebrows. Penny, though, fits the mold Seattle looks for in a lead back at 5-11, 220, and, importantly, doesn't have the injury history of the aforementioned trio. During his final season at San Diego State he displayed both power and patience as a runner, letting his blocks set up before he trampled defenders in the hole. His surprising 4.46 40 time at the combine likely played into his rise up the Hawks' draft board, erasing any doubt regarding his athleticism. While the building blocks are there for him to be a solid NFL starter, Penny needs to work on his receiving and blocking to become a true three-down asset, and his upright running style and average elusiveness can lead to too much contact. Given the draft capital Seattle used to get him and the lack of established talent on the depth chart, Penny has every opportunity to seize the lead role, though a broken finger he suffered in August has temporarily slowed his momentum. On the plus side, Penny should be back in time for Week 1.
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Full participant to open camp
RBSeattle Seahawks
July 28, 2021
Penny (knee) was a full participant during the first practice of training camp Wednesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Avoids PUP list
RBSeattle Seahawks
Knee
July 28, 2021
Penny (knee) isn't on the PUP list to begin training camp, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
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Recovering from cleanup procedure
RBSeattle Seahawks
Knee
June 15, 2021
Penny isn't participating at mandatory minicamp this week after undergoing a cleanup procedure on his knee earlier in the offseason, Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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Fifth-year option declined
RBSeattle Seahawks
May 3, 2021
The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on Penny's rookie contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Back to full health
RBSeattle Seahawks
April 21, 2021
Penny (knee) is healthy and ready for the 2021 season, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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