Seahawks will need to add depth at running back heading into 2023

Heading toward the start of free agency, front offices around the league will be analyzing their rosters position by position to determine their team needs ahead of the 2023 season. The Seattle Seahawks have some glaring holes at a few spots and others where adding some additional depth will be the priority.

After getting his shot to start last season, rookie running back Kenneth Walker III proved he’s worthy of the nod going forward. But, the running back room could use some bolstering with a number of key players facing free agency, specifically Rashaad Penny, who only signed a one-year contract last spring.

Around the NFL writer Kevin Patra took a deep dive into Seattle’s situation at running back.

“Walker was a sensation in his first year and nearly won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award,” Patra writes. “The 22-year-old brings a blend of power and speed few can match. He can be the engine of Pete Carroll’s offense when healthy. When he wasn’t on the field, the Seahawks were a much different offense to defend in 2022.”

“Sadly, Penny suffered a season-ending injury in October,” Patra continues. “The back owns dynamic talent but simply can’t stay healthy; he’s appeared in 42 of a possible 82 games in his career. After playing out his rookie contract, Penny signed a one-year deal last year, but now his days in Seattle appear over. Walker is the clear top dog.

“Filling out the depth chart with complementary pieces is the next step.”


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Story originally appeared on Seahawks Wire