Fans of the Seattle Seahawks are well aware that their expectations for Rashaad Penny likely need to be tempered heading into the 2020 NFL season. Pete Carroll has publicly stated, as far back as late February, that Penny would be likely to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the team, and in the time since then the situation has only made it appear more and more likely that this would indeed be the case.
Carroll made those comments during his press conference with the media at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and the team has been consistent in its statements regarding Penny and the likelihood of his availability in 2020.
Digging a tiny bit deeper into exactly what that means for the team, the first item to keep in mind is to take a step back and look at the schedule because the 2020 schedule will be referenced extensively over the remainder of this piece.
That is the full slate of the 20 games currently scheduled for the Seahawks. Assuming Penny does indeed start the season on the PUP list, then that would preclude him playing in either the preseason or for the first six weeks of the season. Of course, Penny’s primary concern will be to get healthy and return to the field in the best possible form as quickly as possible. However, it’s likely that the Week 12 Monday Night Football matchup against the Eagles may be circled by Penny. The first instinct for many is likely to recognize that Penny’s career best 129 rushing yards in a game came against the Eagles in 2019, however, the reason for the 2020 matchup against the Eagles to be circled is from a contract perspective, rather than an on field performance perspective.