Ladies and gentlemen, the Philadelphia Eagles have made their move. They have added a running back, one who, in all honesty, isn’t as good as Miles Sanders is. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. We’re just being honest. Rashaad Penny trades one Bird nest for another.
A former first-rounder, the 27th-overall selection of the 2018 NFL Draft, Penny spent the first five seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. He missed all but five games last season as he suffered a season-ending broken fibula in Week 5, a 32-39 loss by the Hawks versus the New Orleans Saints. He was placed on injured reserve on October 14th
Philly sure picked him up early. Might we believe that he’s a discount addition? While we’re on the subject, this is probably all the evidence we need that Miles Sanders will be playing elsewhere, right? But, how can we call this an upgrade?
We expect to spend a lot of time discussing this one. In the meantime, let’s have some fun.
Here are three fun facts about new Eagles running back Rashaad Penny.
Penny has a lot of upside, but he’s struggled to stay healthy during his career. If he proves to be durable, this could be fun. Here are a couple of conversations that popped up though.
Rashaad Penny once tweeted “Eagles are trash” in 2015, but all is forgiven.
Oh yeah, we haven’t forgotten. Hey, what do you do? We’re petty.
While still a collegiate star with the San Diego State Aztecs, Penny tweeted “Eagles are trash” with a thumbs-down emoji. That’s right, Mr. Penny! We haven’t forgotten!
Then again, now that we think about it, that was the same day as the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions, so maybe he was right on that day. To his credit, he also tweeted out something about his kids never becoming Cowboys fans. Maybe we can forgive him knowing that. At least he’ll make a great father.
Penny ended his NCAA career with an All-American nod.
Again, no one doubts Rashaad Penny’s talent. A Consensus All-American in 2017, he’s also a former three-time Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017), a three-time First-Team All-MWC nod (2015, 2016, 2017), and the MWC Offensive Player of the Year (2017).
Sure, the NFL and the Mountain West are two different animals, but if you look at some of his highlights at the professional and collegiate levels, you can see why the Birds are interested.
Football is in this young man’s blood.
Rashaad has four siblings: Elijhaa, Breonna, Robert Jr., and Brionne. His older brother, Elijhaa is a retired NFL fullback. Four of his five professional seasons were spent with the hated New York Giants.
He appeared in 61 games with seven starts as a member of Big Blue.