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Analysis: How Did Seahawks Running Backs Perform in 2021?

Due to injuries in the backfield and inconsistent offensive line play, Seattle struggled to establish the run for most of the 2021 season before Rashaad Penny exploded onto the scene late. How did the running back group grade out and what does the future hold in the backfield?

Despite entering the 2021 season with championship aspirations, the Seahawks lost five of their first eight games and never fully recovered, finishing in last place in the NFC West with a 7-10 record.

Throughout the majority of the season, Seattle struggled to sustain drives and put points on the board. One reason behind those persistent woes was the lack of a consistent run game, as injuries to several running backs and underwhelming line play made coordinator Shane Waldron's offense one dimensional. Late in the season, however, thanks in large part to Rashaad Penny's revival behind a mauling line, a suddenly potent ground attack transformed the unit back into a dangerous one.

Looking back at the season in retrospect, how did Seattle's running back group perform as a whole in 2021? And what does the future look like at the position?

Chris Carson
Seattle Seahawks running back Travis Homer (25) rushes against New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (5) during the third quarter at Lumen Field.
DeeJay Dallas
Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (41) rushes against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at Lumen Field.

Seahawks 2021 Positional Report Cards

Quarterback

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Tight End - Coming 1/22/22

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