The Seahawks staff along with every 12 has been waiting for Rashaad Penny to prove he was worthy of being a first-round pick. If that doesn’t happen this year it will never happen with Penny in a Seahawks uniform. Seattle chose not to pick up Penny’s fifth-year option so he will be a free agent after this season.
2020 was a wasted year for Penny. He hurt his knee near the end of the 2019 season and this affected all of last season. Penny was able to play limitedly in the final three games of the year but it seemed almost more to get him back into some football shape and see how quickly Penny would bounce back from being hurt and he wasn’t good.
This offseason Penny didn’t seem fully healthy yet again but hopefully this is more of Seattle not wanting Penny to overwork to get ready for the coming season instead of Penny actually being unable to play again. After being healthy in college and extremely productive, Penny hasn’t played a full year in the NFL. In fact, his games played have gone from 14 in 2018, 10 in 2019 and just the three from last year.
Still, Penny, when he does play, shows moments of brilliance with power and some speed. He is only 25 years old and may have many years of playing time left. But this needs to start in 2021 and Penny needs to be healthy for most of that. If so, he could form a potent combo with Chris Carson at running back and help Seattle make a deep run in the playoffs.