Rashaad Penny

Rashaad Penny

28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Carolina Panthers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
A first-round pick of the Seahawks in 2018, injuries have ruined Penny's career and he hasn't played more than 10 games in a season since he was a rookie. He seemed to be mostly healthy with the Eagles last year, but it was hard to tell as he got on the field in only three games. Penny has flashed some impressive ability on the rare occasions he's been available, and he averaged 6.2 yards per carry for Seattle in 2021-22. A free agent again, the 28-year-old might be able to earn another NFL opportunity given his upside and pedigree. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Panthers in May of 2024.
Officially lands with Carolina
RBCarolina Panthers
May 6, 2024
The Panthers agreed to terms with Penny on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Penny is now 28 years old and spent last season in Philadelphia, where he appeared in just three regular-season games and was routinely a healthy scratch on game days. When healthy in Seattle from 2018-2022, he was electric with the ball in his hands, averaging a lethal 5.7 yards per carry on 337 rushing attempts, but an inability to stay on the field was his downfall. He has a history with new Panthers coach Dave Canales from their time together in Seattle, and Penny gives the Panthers backfield some more experience behind Chuba Hubbard and rookie Jonathon Brooks. There has been chatter that Miles Sanders' time may be running out with the team after just one season in Carolina.
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How do Rashaad Penny's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
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  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
90.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
69.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
4.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.00
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
0.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
% Targeted On Route
8.3%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.42
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Rashaad Penny's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
220 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.46 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
31.25 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Likely headed for Carolina
RBFree Agent
May 6, 2024
Penny plans to sign with the Panthers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The deal likely won't become official until after Carolina's rookie minicamp. Penny, a first-round pick of the Seahawks in 2018, has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career and hasn't played more than 10 games in a season since his rookie campaign. Joining the Panthers would reunite him with the team's new head coach Dave Canales, who was on Seattle's staff from 2018-2022.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Penny might have the worst injury luck of any running back in memory, and misfortune struck again Week 5 last season after what was an otherwise blazing start with the Seahawks. If he has any hope for improved injury luck/durability moving forward, it lies in the fact that he seems to get hurt a different way each time rather than struggling through a chronic condition. The most recent injury was a broken fibula, simply the result of a defender landing awkwardly on his leg. The most enduring durability concern with Penny pertains to the ACL tear he suffered late in 2019, which might have included meniscus damage and could portend cartilage concerns if so. Penny's gifts are otherwise beyond dispute, with the 2018 first-round pick averaging 5.7 yards on 337 NFL carries after a brilliant career at San Diego State. Playing behind an elite Philadelphia offensive line could make Penny even more explosive yet, and it's not as if teammate D'Andre Swift has any shortage of durability concerns himself. Penny carries unique risk and upside both.
It only took four years, but Penny finally looked like a first-round pick for a good stretch of 2021. Out of the gate it seemed like it was going to be another lost season for the oft-injured back, as a thigh injury limited him in the preseason before a Week 1 calf strain sent him to IR. Upon his return he was used sparingly, but eventually the Seahawks had nowhere else to turn after Chris Carson went down and Alex Collins struggled. Penny then erupted for 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns Week 14 against the Texans, kicking off a stretch with 671 rushing yards (7.3 YPC) and six TDs over Seattle's final five games. Injuries and lost development time prevented him from ever becoming a reliable receiving option, but Penny's speed and power both seemed to be back during the late-season tear, and he showed good vision and patience as well. The Russell Wilson trade changed the face of the Seattle offense, but Penny signed a one-year contract to stick around and try to prove last season's performance wasn't a fluke. The team may not be convinced, as the Seahawks used a second-round pick on Kenneth Walker out of Michigan State, giving Penny some real competition now that Carson is no longer in the backfield mix.
It's getting harder and harder to remember what the Seahawks saw in Penny when they selected him near the end of the first round in 2018 (ahead of Nick Chubb, among others). Three years into his NFL career, Penny has missed a total of 21 games due to injury, including 13 last season, and when he did get back on the field late in 2020 he did little to suggest any kind of breakout was coming. Assuming he's ever 100 percent again, the San Diego State product has NFL size and 4.46 speed, and while the development of his third-down skills has been hampered by all the time he's missed, he could still be an effective early down option and a useful complement to Chris Carson, who is himself showing the wear and tear of a physical running style. Seattle declined the fifth-year option on Penny's contract this offseason, so he'll get one more chance to prove the organization didn't make a huge mistake when it drafted him.
Penny just can't catch a break. The 2018 first-round pick saw his first significant action of 2019 in Week 2 after a Chris Carson fumble, only to strain his hamstring prior to Week 3. The issue bothered Penny off and on for the next month, and his touches were limited until after the team's bye, at which point he erupted for 236 yards and three touchdowns in the next two games. On his first touch the following week against the Rams, he tore his ACL and was done for the year. When he's healthy, Penny's size (5-11, 220) and speed (4.46 40) make him an effective runner, with a career 5.3 YPC. Penny isn't expected to be ready for Week 1, however, as his knee injury included additional ligament and/or meniscus damage. The Seahawks signed Carlos Hyde and drafted DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round, giving Penny time to get healthy.
Usually, when a team invests a first-round pick in a running back, the assumption is it will give the crown jewel of its draft class more than 94 touches, but apparently they do things a little different in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, Penny had the second-fewest touches since 2002 of any first-round rookie running back with at least 12 games played (David Wilson, 75 in 2012). Penny suffered a broken finger in training camp, and while he recovered in time for Week 1, Chris Carson locked up the starting job for good a couple weeks later; Penny then had a hard time even wrestling the No. 2 job away from Mike Davis. The rookie showed why he was the 27th overall pick when he got a chance, though, rushing for 108 yards and a score on 12 carries in Week 10 when Carson was out. Penny didn't show much as a receiver, but that shouldn't be a huge obstacle in an offense that attempted a league-low 427 passes last season. What he does offer is good size (220 pounds), some power in his legs and surprising speed (4.46 40), and with Davis now in Chicago, Penny heads into his second season looking to force his way into a timeshare with Carson. The duo's similar skill set should allow them to wear down defenses, so the better numbers any given week could come down to who gets carries in the fourth quarter, causing a headache for owners.
Arguably the most shocking selection of the 2018 draft, Penny went to Seattle with the 27th overall pick, the second running back off the board. The team definitely had a need at the position, but taking Penny over bigger-name backs like Sony Michel, Nick Chubb and Derrius Guice raised eyebrows. Penny, though, fits the mold Seattle looks for in a lead back at 5-11, 220, and, importantly, doesn't have the injury history of the aforementioned trio. During his final season at San Diego State he displayed both power and patience as a runner, letting his blocks set up before he trampled defenders in the hole. His surprising 4.46 40 time at the combine likely played into his rise up the Hawks' draft board, erasing any doubt regarding his athleticism. While the building blocks are there for him to be a solid NFL starter, Penny needs to work on his receiving and blocking to become a true three-down asset, and his upright running style and average elusiveness can lead to too much contact. Given the draft capital Seattle used to get him and the lack of established talent on the depth chart, Penny has every opportunity to seize the lead role, though a broken finger he suffered in August has temporarily slowed his momentum. On the plus side, Penny should be back in time for Week 1.
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Intends to sign in Carolina
RBFree Agent
May 6, 2024
Penny plans to sign with the Panthers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Non-factor for new team
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
January 18, 2024
Penny finished the season with 11 carries for 33 yards in three regular-season games, adding one catch for five yards.
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Season-high six carries
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
January 8, 2024
Penny was more involved than he had been all season for the Eagles on Sunday but managed a modest 16 yards on six carries at the Giants.
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Stuck on sidelines
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
January 1, 2024
Penny did not see the field in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
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Surprise active in Week 17
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
December 31, 2023
Penny is active for just the third time this season for Sunday's Week 17 clash against the Cardinals, Zach Berman of AllPhly.com reports.
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