June 7, 2023

Report: Eagles agree to terms with former Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny


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The Eagles have made their first off-season signing that is not bringing an Eagle back.

They have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was on it first.

The Seahawks selected Penny, 27, in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He looked good until the injury Gods of football took over. They absolutely hate Penny as he has missed 40 games over the last five seasons. Those injuries include:

  • 2018: Missed two games with a knee injury.
  • 2019: Missed three games early in the season with a hamstring injury.
  • 2019: Torn ACL. Missed the final three games of the season.
  • 2020: Missed the first 13 games of the regular season while recovering from his 2019 torn ACL. He returned for the final three regular-season games but missed the Seahawks’ wild-card round matchup against the Rams.
  • 2021: Injured his calf in the Seahawks’ win over the Colts Week 1. He missed the next five games.
  • 2022: Broke his tibia in Week 5 against the Saints, and missed the rest of the season.

So why would Howie Roseman even think of a guy like this? Bringing in an injury-filled player to a team that gets caught with the injury bug every year sounds psychotic.

However, with the Seahawks’ season being pretty much over down the stretch in 2021, Penny went absolutely off in Seattle’s final five games. On 92 attempts, he recorded 671 yards with 7.3 yards per carry for six touchdowns.

To follow that up in 2022, he jumped out to a great start with 57 carries for 346 yards with 6.1 yards per carry and two touchdowns before he broke his leg.

Penny’s running style fits the Eagles’ offense great. He’s a power back at 220 pounds, who runs with exceptional energy. He has good vision, and his short steps allow him to follow his blocks as they develop down the field. And he will get great blocks from the best offensive line in the NFL in Philadelphia. He also has 4.46 speed (pre-injuries) and can run away from defenders.

Just look at this video put together by Ian Hartitz:

If Penny can stay healthy for a full season and run at this level, he could be an All-Pro candidate. The only thing Penny has to prove is if he can stay healthy.

The risk in this signing is that no one knows if Penny will stay healthy, but he could be a potential home run and can help take the Eagles’ rushing offense to an even higher level. High-risk high reward, baby!

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