Philadelphia Eagles roster: 3 Fun facts about Kenny Gainwell

Kenny Gainwell #19 (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Kenny Gainwell #19 (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images) /

It was quite the draft weekend for the Philadelphia Eagles as the NFL’s most loyal fan base watched its squad add nine new Eaglets to the nest. The highlights of this class are definitely the Alabama twins, DeVonta Smith and Landon Dickerson, but Philly needs a pat on the back for finding guys like Kenny Gainwell and Tarron Jackson late. They also landed a talented group of undrafted free agents.

As far as Mr. Gainwell goes, he tallied 1,550 rushing yards on 235 attempts while reaching the end zone 14 times in 18 career games at the NCAA level. You probably already know that already. Here are a few things that may have slid past you. Miles Sanders has a new partner in crime.

Here are three fun facts about the Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back.

1. Here’s the opinion of a draft expert, well sort of.

For many of you, the ship sailed on ESPN NFL Draft wiz Mel Kiper Jr. a long time ago, but they still employ him. He still covers the draft, and as far as we all can tell that won’t change.

Occasionally, he comes up with some nice stuff though. Just check out what he said recently about the fifth-rounder. Geesh. Can you believe that Philly got this guy in Round 5?

"In 2019, all Kenny Gainwell did was score touchdowns, catching the ball out of the backfield, game-breaking runner, outstanding football player. They get him in Round 5. he should have been taken in Round 3. That’s a heck of a pick for the Philadelphia Eagles."

2. There’s plenty of tread on the tire here.

Gainwell’s collegiate resume equates to a full season of NFL football, that is if your team made it to the postseason and played a game (now, that we have a 17-game schedule).

He ran past people often. When he was hit, he didn’t give defenders too much of his body to take a shot at. Not only is he a gifted runner but he is also an intelligent one. Philly got what might be a top-ten prospect at his position, and they got him on Day 3

3. Might he spend a little time in the quarterback room too?

So, here’s what we have. Jalen Hurts is the starter for now (Joe Flacco isn’t behaving like he’s coming to Philly to just be satisfied with reserve duty). The Philadelphia Eagles also landed a potential project quarterback and potential third-stringer in Jamie Newman (he’s considered one of the better undrafted free agents of this class).

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If anything crazy happens, they can give Gainwell a few reps at signal-caller. He was named a Class 3A Mr. Football prospect in the state of Mississippi as he led his high school alma-mater to a 14–1 record and an appearance in the Class 3A state championship game after finishing his prep career with 3,682 passing yards, 4,730 rushing yards and 88 total touchdowns (one came on a kickoff. He turned down an offer from Ole Miss to play for Memphis.