Prior to the season, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described the team’s running back situation as 1A and 1B between Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.
Now, through seven weeks, that statement could not be further from the truth. That was never more apparent than it was on Sunday, as Carson saw the field for 64 of Seattle’s 72 offensive snaps, carrying the ball 21 times for 65 yards.
Meanwhile, Penny didn’t receive a single carry or target, and in fact was only on the field for two total snaps. He was outpaced by third-down back C.J. Prosise, who had six snaps and carried the ball once, as well as fullback Nick Bellore, who has barely played on offense at all this year but saw four offensive snaps against the Ravens.
“It just didn’t work out,” Carroll said about Penny’s playing time. “I wished he had played more. It just didn’t happen.”
Penny was battling a hamstring injury that caused him to sit out Week 6 against the Browns, but he was able to participate fully in practice last week, so his absence from the game was apparently more about game-planning than anything else.
Penny, the team’s first round pick in 2018, has so far failed to live up to expectations. He carried the ball 85 times for 419 yards his rookie year, and has just 22 carries for 98 yards in four games this season.
Right now it looks like Penny is not only taking a backseat to Carson, who is rolling as the team’s primary back, but potentially to Prosise as well, at least for the foreseeable future.