Opportunities in the NFL don’t come around often, so when one opens up, young players like Kenneth Walker III have to make sure and seize it.
He did just that on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans.
Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ starting running back, suffered an injury that looked severe and turned out to be a fractured tibia, according to Ian Rapoport. This will likely mean that he’ll be out for the rest of the season and who’s his backup? Kenneth Walker III.
The former Spartan got an opportunity with Penny out and he did not disappoint, rushing eight times for 88 yards and this touchdown:
It’s great to see Walker excelling at the next level because we all knew he was going to be a problem in the NFL. He was just too talented to be wasting away on the bench and now he’ll finally get an opportunity to prove he’s worthy of a starting job in the league.
His first opportunity did not disappoint.
Kenneth Walker III looking to out-do Breece Hall
During the 2022 NFL Draft, there was plenty of debate about which running back would go first and it happened to be Breece Hall right at the start of the second round.
Not too long after, Walker went to the Seahawks as Pete Carroll and Co. really wanted him.
Hall has taken over as the starter for the Jets, splitting carries with Michael Carter, but Walker is going to do his best to push him to be the best rookie running back in the league this year.
So far, Hall has 275 yards and two touchdowns on 4.9 yards per carry and Walker is at 146 yards and a touchdown on 6.3 yards per touch.
With a newfound RB1 role, Walker is going to make up some serious ground. Could you imagine if he pushed for Offensive Rookie of the Year? Heck of a recruiting tool for Mel Tucker.