Three players that will breakout for Seahawks in 2018

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Rashaad Penny, Running back

We all know and love Chris Carson. The 2017 seventh-round pick was a surprise in preseason last year and was very good in the early quarter of the season. Then he hurt his leg and was lost for the season. And so was Seattle’s run game.

Carson will be back in 2018 and he might be the starter to begin with. But the Seahawks drafted Penny to be a star. This is the only reason any team takes a running back in the first round: He needs to carry the load for a few years. Penny has the size and speed to be a very productive NFL running back.

My feeling is that Penny will begin as a kick returner and second-string back. Hopefully he won’t get too pummeled returning kickoffs. Because Seattle needs this guy to be the clear starter by the end of 2018 and into 2019 and into 2020. Penny has that talent.

Plus, Pete Carroll wants to get back to running the ball a lot more. This is why Seattle took Penny first. And Dissly in the third round. Plus, they signed D.J. Fluker. Seattle wants to play field position and run the clock and do a much better job of keeping their defense off the field. And keep Russell Wilson more upright.

Penny has the potential to make Seattle better in lots of ways offensively. How much new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer uses early is anyone’s guess. But if Carson and Mike Davis can’t stay healthy early in the year, Penny will get a lot of snaps. And hopefully yards.

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If so, Carson and Davis will become backups for the rest of their Seattle careers.