The strong side, however, is starting from scratch. Michael Wilhoite wasn’t re-signed, and Terence Garvin landed with the Dolphins as a free agent. The best returnee, D.J. Alexander, played almost exclusively on special teams last season.
Such a void prompted the signing of Barkevious Mingo. Given how great Wagner and Wright are, the Seahawks could afford to take a chance on the former Colt and 2013 first-rounder of the Browns.
The Tigers played in Detroit Stars jerseys, while the Indians wore Cleveland Buckeyes uniforms to honor Negro Leagues Weekend.
The big question is how much Penny will be able to handle as a rookie. He was a productive workhorse at San Diego State, but he wasn’t deployed much as a receiver. Seattle, however, looks ready to use him beyond early downs with comfortable routes and protection schemes. Schottenheimer is devising a large role for the rookie due to the lack experience and reliability in the rest of the backs.
The Seahawks have been desperate for a back capable of staying on the field through every down and distance since Marshawn Lynch; don’t be surprised if they use Penny as if they think he can be the sequel to Beast Mode.
Carson, despite the injury, should stick on the roster as the backup. He’s a well-built runner of whom Seattle wants to see more. As for Prosise and McKissic, there might not be enough passing-down work left for them, but they provide some position versatility. (And McKissic has some special teams value.) One could be considered a hybrid to classify among the wide receivers.
Russell Wilson needs better rushing support, and with other factors lessened around him, Penny shining immediately as a co-centerpiece of the offense would be huge for Seattle.