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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.
| 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.
|Chris Carson retiring due to neck injury|
SEA will release him with a failed physical designation
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 26, 2:10 pm
|#Seahawks star RB Chris Carson is retiring from the NFL due to a neck injury, sources say.
SEA will officially release him with a failed physical designation. Under the CBA, that allows Carson to receive several million in injury protection benefits. Seattle does right by him. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carson has struggled to make it back from a neck injury and played in only four games last season. The team will move forward with Rashaad Penny, rookie Kenneth Walker, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer at running back. Penny and Walker are expected to receive the bulk of the work in 2022.