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Rashaad Penny shows flashes against Steelers

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Seattle Seahawks v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks are now 2-0 and part of the three way tie at the top of the NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. Quarterback Russell Wilson took over the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2, leading the team to victory behind a deadly accurate precision passing game. He sliced and diced the Steelers defense so thoroughly that Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert woke up Monday morning and traded the team’s 2020 first round pick to the Miami Dolphins to add Minkah Fitzpatrick to the secondary.

In any case, with the Hawks coming out of a pair of rough contests against AFC North opponents, here is a look at all of the carries by running back Rashaad Penny. Penny, of course, has been a topic of debate among Seahawks fans who have argued whether or not the team should have used a first round pick on a running back. Regardless of whether they should have or not, here is what his carries looked like. Obviously, his best run of the day was the 37 yard touchdown run where he made a run blitzing linebacker miss the tackle in the backfield leaving him with tons of space in front of him, which is exactly where his skillset serves him best. Getting to the video, here it is.

Now, the interesting thing to watch in the coming weeks will be the fumbling situation with Chris Carson. Carson has been the unquestionable starter, however, with the game on the line in the fourth quarter and needing to burn out the clock, the Hawks sat Carson and put Penny into the game. Penny wasn’t exactly effective on the drive, gaining just five yards on three carries. Thus, when it came time to put up or shut up and the team needed a single yard on 4th & 1 to ice the game, Penny was back on the bench and the team was calling Carson’s number.

The Seahawks have been just a Carson injury away from Penny presumably taking over the starting role, but now the team may be just a Carson injury or fumble away from Penny taking over the starting role. Something to keep in mind when the New Orleans Saints come to visit in Week 3.