One start down and Kenneth Walker III already looks like one of the most exciting running backs in the NFL.
Unfortunate circumstances usually open up unforeseen opportunities when it comes to the NFL, or sports in general. And that’s exactly what’s happening with former Spartan, Kenneth Walker III.
The Michigan State legend (yes, even though he was here just one year, he’s a legend) took over as the starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks just one-third of the way through his rookie year. Although he didn’t just straight-up win the job right out of fall camp, he’s quickly proving why he’s the franchise’s running back of the future.
Rashaad Penny went down with an injury a couple of weeks ago and he’ll miss the rest of the year. It was unfortunate because he had been playing well, but this is exactly why the Seahawks drafted Walker in the second round: they believed in him as the RB1.
So when he took over in Week 6 of the NFL season in his first start, there was plenty of optimism surrounding him as ‘the guy.’
Walker’s first two runs went for a combined 51 yards and he capped the game off with the winning touchdown on a nifty run.
And then there were runs like this one:
How did @Kenneth_Walker9 get out of this? 🤯
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 16, 2022
We saw this on a weekly basis a year ago and now the NFL is beginning to see why he’s so special. But that wasn’t his only eye-popping run.
Try this one:
Kenneth Walker is a beast pic.twitter.com/fUt6NAQvGa
— alex (@highlghtheaven) October 16, 2022
That cut-back would make Barry Sanders proud.
Walker also forced the most missed tackles in the NFL last week, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s also forced 22 missed tackles on 44 rushing attempts this season, also according to PFF.
Kenneth Walker has 22 missed tackles forced on just 44 rushing attempts 🤯
Highest rate in the NFL 👀 pic.twitter.com/4rckFX8GM3
— PFF (@PFF) October 17, 2022
Walker is currently treating NFL defenses like he did college defenses. Impressive, to say the least.
Over his past two games of extended snaps following the Penny injury, he’s rushed 29 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Those are video game numbers.
And he’s just getting started.
As long as Walker can stay healthy, he’s going to be one of the most electric backs in the league. He’s already giving everyone a taste of what to expect for years to come.
Walker is about to take the NFL by storm.