The start of the 2021 season for the Seattle Seahawks has been difficult. In addition to starting from 2-4 for only the third time in the Pete Carroll era and the second time since Russell Wilson’s draft, the team have struggled with injuries to several key players.
In addition to the fact that Wilson missed his first start since joining the team in Week 6, the Hawks have also seen Chris Carson, Brandon Shell, Dee Eskridge, Tre Brown, Benson Mayowa and Bryan Mone miss out. matches due to injury. Then on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, third running back Alex Collins suffered a time-wasting hip injury while DeeJay Dallas substituted, leading to an interesting situation for the Week 7 game. against the New Orleans Saints, and a potential opportunity for 2018 first-round backer Rashaad Penny to make it into the history books. Or, perhaps more to the point, an opportunity for Penny to erase her name from the trivia books.
In the 52 drafts organized since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, 179 running backs were selected in the first round, with no shortage of recognizable names on this list, including Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Marcus Allen, LaDainian Tomlinson, Earl Campbell, Marshall Faulk, John Rigginsa and others. The list includes many notable Seahawks to Marshawn Lynch, John Williams, Curt Warner, John L. Williams, Shaun Alexander and CJ Spiller, as well as Seahawks Legends Franco Harris and Edgerrin James.
However, of those 179 first-round backers, there are five who, as of this writing, are on the other end of the spectrum, with zero games started in their NFL careers. These five are:
With running back Chris Carson debuting in injured reserve and ineligible to play until the Week 10 game against the Green Bay Packers and Alex Collins recovering from a fairly good fight against the Steelers in Week 7 represents the best opportunity of Penny’s career to remove her name from this list.
Obviously, Collins’ status and the amount of work the team want to give Penny in her first injured reserve game will be big factors in determining who gets the go-ahead initially. That said, who’s on the field at running back Monday night for the first snap of the game against the Saints will be worth watching just for the trivia factor.