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RB Rashaad Penny - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 220Born: 2-2-1996College: San Diego StateDrafted: Round 1, pick

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs ARI 4 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.6
18 at DAL 5 4 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.9

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Rashaad Penny's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 18 vs DAL (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny surprised on his first carry, with a fast burst through the middle that led to a 29-yard gain. After that, he was stuffed for -7 yards (not his fault) and a couple of no gains. On those carries, however, he most definitely looked more dangerous than Chris Carson (who did not have a gain over five yards), hitting the hole faster, harder, and with more confidence. So it was surprising that the Seahawks did not work him into the game plan more.

2018 Week 17 vs ARI (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny returned to action, but did little with his opportunities. Keep an eye on his usage in the Wild Card game, obviously.

2018 Week 14 vs MIN (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny has finally usurped backfield mate Mike Davis for the keys to the #2 RB designation. He was explosive and dynamic in limited work against the Vikings. The most notable was on a play in which he saw the called play (left side run) blocked and changed direction for a 17-yard gain down the right side. What made it all the more impressive was that it looked like he still should have been bottled up. The combination of his quick decision - he did not cut back because he was fully cornered; that would have been too late. No, it was a clear and bold choice that, once acted upon, he somehow made good on with an extra dose of speed and pure gumption.

2018 Week 13 vs SF (7 / 65 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny showed tantalizing speed on an early carry that helped set up the first touchdown. He ran outside and used pure speed to accelerate into the seam for a first down. His role is not quite defined yet, but he looks to be the perfect counter to Chris Carson: Penny excels on outside runs, while still proving to be effective between the tackles. His 20-yard touchdown run was a well blocked play, but even so, Penny made no less than four defenders miss as he ran into the end zone completely untouched. Penny is proving to be quite the big play threat, while Carson (and Davis, to an extent) grind out their yards along the way.

2018 Week 12 vs CAR (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny was barely used in this one. The bright spot is that he was tabbed for a red zone carry in the second half, which at least tells us that the coaches are not afraid to put him into high pressure situations.

2018 Week 11 vs GB (8 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though he did not start the game, Penny's first carry of the game came early in the first quarter: a big 30-yard gain on a somewhat broken play in which, after he cut back against the grain and ran away from the called play, he made his own route downfield with a few cuts and swerves to make the Packers miss. After that, he had a couple of other carries that showed off his speed and elusiveness, but his final few carries were duds. More significant, however, is the fact that he out-touched fellow RB Mike Davis, which could easily become the status quo as soon as next week.

2018 Week 10 vs LAR (12 / 108 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny looked like he was playing Tecmo Bowl on the Seahawks second drive, in which he saw his first carries, following his blocks and finding open field with ease. He ran for 38 and 18 yards respectively, the second one going for a TD. Yes, in a part time role, Penny looked very much like he had arrived. On multiple occasions, Penny flashed a subtle move that got him extra yardage, showing an overall poise that he either is just now finding, or that he has finally had the opportunity to show. The overall take here has to be that he has earned more playing time, but with the large caveats that he will most definitely share carries with the Davis/Carson combo, including ceding most passing plays to Davis. His long term upside is (finally) looking quite healthy, however.

2018 Week 9 vs LAC (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

At the start, all three backs - starter Chris Carson, Mike Davis, and Penny - played a role in the opening drive. He looked fast and elusive on his first carry, a 9-yard scamper to the left. This is proof that the Seahawks had plans to get him the ball, at least. But when Carson left the game with an injury, it was Davis that benefitted, while Penny got only a few token carries.

2018 Week 6 vs OAK (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Although he played sparingly in the first half, it's a positive sign that the Seahawks got Penny some reps at all. With Carson and Davis sharing most of the load, Penny took over in the final frame, with the team staked to a 27-3 lead. He's not worth a fantasy roster spot right now, but the team clearly wants to utilize his talents. As such, Penny is still a worthy Dynasty league stash.

2018 Week 5 vs LAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The disappearance of Penny was apparently collateral damage, due to Davis and Carson being so productive. He was active but played zero snaps, including giving back the kickoff return role to Tyler Lockett this week. One can't predict what is in the mind of the coaches in a situation like this, but Penny has showed he belongs at this level, and sooner or later, he'll get another chance. For now, however, he's purely a dynasty stash in fantasy circles.

2018 Week 4 vs ARI (9 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny came in as a change of pace for starter Mike Davis, and looked fast as he scooted through a hole up the middle on his first carry for nine yards. In the second quarter, he got an extended look on a drive and this time worked patiently and found a nice little seam outside to break through for a first down. Late in the game, Penny showed he can excel in short yardage situations as well, gaining a first down on a draw play out of the shotgun, when he again showed good vision and patience in waiting for the right moment to make his move. Skewing his numbers was a loss of 10 yards due to botched pitch. Also of note: Penny seems to have taken over kickoff return duties.

2018 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Penny got a few reps in, but the way the team leaned on starter Chris Carson in this game, it was likely just to spell their lead back. With his time, Penny gained a meagre 5 yards on the ground, with no catches, and one fumble that he was lucky to recover. In his short audition thus far, Penny seems to be a classic sideline-to-sideline runner - not the best way to endear yourself to the coaching staff. In short, Penny did nothing to impress, and will likely fill a similar role going forward, unless Carson falters.

2018 Week 2 vs CHI (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It seems they want to get Penny the ball, as he took over the lead duties in the second half. He didn't look entirely out of place, but also didn't exactly spark the team in the process. It was evident that he brings some speed to the table, but he was unable to break free or catch a ball to truly display his talents in that department. On one play, he was targeted on an incomplete checkdown pass and was simply not on the same page with Wilson as the quarterback tried to feed him a leading pass away from the defender. There were a few positive moments. He found a seam on one inside run, gaining ten, which showed what he can do when he finds a little bit of room; and almost made good on a cutback away from the called play (once it was clear he was going nowhere), but couldn't quite get free and settled for a gain of six. Overall, the game simply looked faster than Penny right now. He missed most of training camp, and so it's possible that he's not only getting up to speed, but the coaches are still figuring out how to use him.

2018 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Penny's numbers may not tell the tale here. He looked very good in space - catching the ball and running outside - but, did not really impress when given the ball between the tackles. The key takeaway 's here are simply that he looked healthy - and dangerous at times. After sitting out much of the pre-season with an injury, he may need some time to get up to game speed. The numbers here say he put up a dud, but the Seahawks clearly want to get him the ball, so he's one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.


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