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|At first blush, it seemed to be a bit surprising to see Seattle, which on paper had several more pressing needs, select Walker in the second round of this year's draft. When you think about Pete Carroll's long-time love affair with running the ball, even at the expense of marginalizing a perennial Pro Bowl QB, it begins to make more sense. The former Spartan enters the NFL with the kind of burst and breakaway speed to be an immediate big-play threat; that's something the Seahawks need with its passing game in a state of flux. The rookie is also considered a physical back and a tough runner.
Where Walker still needs to show improvement is in the passing game where scouting reports refer to him as unreliable in pass protection and inexperienced catching passes out of the backfield. While he's capable of making things happen with the ball in space, he may operate as an early-down option in the opening stages of his career. Look for him and Penny to split time in the backfield, if both are healthy.
Bear in mind that the Seahawks have Walker under team control for the next four years, while Penny will be a free agent at the end of this one. That means they're likely to favor the rookie's development in what figures to be a down year in Seattle, making Walker a low-end RB3.
| It's a jammed ankle for Kenneth Walker|
More tests today
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 5, 9:31 am
|#Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker will have tests today on what coach Pete Carroll called a "jammed" ankle. The injury -- the hope is it's not serious -- is different from a sprain because the joint jammed down and not one side or the other. Strange injury. Anyway, tests coming. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Walker only played 21% of the snaps before leaving with his ankle issue. Tony Jones and DeeJay Dallas picked up the slack. Travis Homer was Inactive. Walker was one of many injuries in Week 13 that caused headaches for fantasy owners.
| Rashaad Penny suffers fractured tibia in Week 5|
Tests tomorrow to determine if surgery is necessary
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 9, 4:55 pm
|#Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny suffered a fractured tibia, sources say, and he’ll have tests tomorrow to determine associated damage to see if surgery is necessary. As of now, it’s likely. Heart-breaking. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Penny was carted off and is obviously going to miss some time meaning rookie Kenneth Walker is likely to see a lead role in the Seahawks backfield moving forward. Expect Seattle to bring in a veteran running back as well.
| Kenneth Walker expected to return this week|
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Sep 13, 12:49 pm
|Pete Carroll says on radio show @SeattleSports that Kenneth Walker will return this week. Says "Kenny Walker is going to be out there this week for us to add to that." (Bob Codotta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We know the gum-chewing Carroll is wildly optimistic and not forthcoming when it comes to player injuries, but it sounds like Walker will at least be on the practice field this week with a good shot at suiting up against the 49ers. Walker was listed as Questionable last week before being made Inactive on game day.