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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny Is In A Great Space Heading Into 2022 Season

Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny talked this week about his big finish to the 2021 season and about the good place he’s in heading into 2022.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Thursday, June 9 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

The Seattle Seahawks have made it a priority to emphasize the importance of mental health. In May, the team launched its Mental Health Matters Program. The objective of the program is to focus on destigmatizing, normalizing and encouraging talks surrounding mental health. This week, Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny discussed how his mental health impacted his play positively to end last season - and how it's allowed him to be happy looking forward to 2022.

For one, Penny is healthy, coming off a 2021 season in which he started six games - a career high. After battling nagging injuries for several seasons, the 2018 first-round selection put together his best statistical year for the Seahawks. On 119 carries, Penny rushed for 749 yards and six touchdowns (6.8 yards per carry).

There are plenty of new faces on the Seahawks roster, including in the backfield - yet Penny is in good spirits. Penny took to the podium to talk about his mindset on embracing OTAs and the coming months of the offseason.

"Just having the whole OTA, I never had the chance to run around and actually get an early jump to training camp & camp for the next six weeks," said Penny. "I think it made it more special for me to come out here and just run and get in shape early instead of training camp to figure out my body. But I feel amazing, and this is the best I've ever felt. I'm excited about this year and I can't wait to get going."

"I feel like I wasn't making myself happy, I feel like I was always trying to make everybody's expectations," he said. "The last month or two months of last season, I was happy with myself, so I felt like that kind of played into how I played."

In Week 12, Penny saw the beginnings of a heavier workload, carrying the ball 10 times against the San Francisco 49ers. Over the course of the remaining five weeks of the season, Penny rushed for more than 100 yards four times. Penny would put together multiple-scoring efforts in that span against the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions in wins.

"I feel like when you're happy you don't got a lot to worry about, but I had a lot of worries," said Penny.

In March, Seattle showed faith in Penny, signing him to a one-year deal to stay in Seattle. But that isn't stopping Penny from reaching new heights.

"I still got a chip on my shoulder," said Penny "I've still got to play, I've still got to prove myself wrong. And I still got a lot to go, so I'm not settling down yet."

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