Rashaad Penny was supposed to be more explosive this year. Many reports said Penny had lost weight to make him quicker. Possibly it is just that he’s just getting work in during preseason games and not trying to overstretch but this whole preseason Penny has not looked like a true number-two running back.
Whoever the backup to Chris Carson is will play quite a bit during the regular season both because Carson usually gets banged up a bit during the course of a season and because Seattle will need to rotate backs out to keep them fresh.
Part of the issue for Penny this preseason is how he has looked compared to the other running backs vying for a place on the depth chart. Compared to Alex Collins, for example, Penny looks to be the lesser player. Versus the Chargers, Penny ran for 24 yards on 7 carries for an average of 3.4 yards a carry. He caught one pass for 5 yards.
Collins, though, looked athletic and made people miss. Not only did Collins run for 37 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, but he also led the Seahawks with 7 receptions (catching every one of his targets) and 52 yards receiving.
Penny hasn’t done enough to inspire confidence that if Carson were to get hurt Penny would step in and be anywhere near the back Carson is. Collins looks to be closer to that. Oh, and Penny also cost Seattle 15 yards on an illegal block when Seattle had the ball second-and-goal.