Ranking every Philadelphia Eagles running back ahead of training camp

Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

It’s been said for ages that the best friend of every quarterback is a great running game. New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has been known to feature a tailback or two during his days as the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator. You can kind of see where this is headed right?

Philly’s executive vice president and general manager Howie Roseman has been maligned for a lot of the decisions he’s made, especially with contracts and draft choices. He’s been blamed, and rightfully so, for the fact that Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson are both gone, but every so often, he gets things right.

Who would have thunk taking that quarterback in the second round during 2020’s NFL Draft might have wound up being the smartest thing the franchise did? Who would have guessed that Miles Sanders, one of Philly’s two second-round draft choices in 2019, would have turned out to be this talented? We knew he was good but not this good right?

Sanders is clearly Philly’s most talented tailback, but where does everyone else rank? Here’s a look at how they stack prior to training camp in July.

Here’s a ranking of the Philadelphia Eagles running backs from top to bottom.

No one seems to be arguing about who number one is. Hey, remember when he was playing second-fiddle to Jordan Howard? That seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it?

1. Miles Sanders

Throw this guy in the category of Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy, great Eagles backs that seemingly came from nowhere.

2. Kerryon Johnson

This could be one of the underrated signings of the Philadelphia Eagles offseason. This is a nice compliment for 26.

3. Kenneth Gainwell

This young man was a steal in the most recent drat. You just wait and see.

4. Jordan Howard

Howard could still be effective on third down and in short-yardage situations, but gosh, he regressed very quickly physically.

5. Boston Scott

If Boston Scott can play every game like the ones he plays versus the New York Giants, he’d be a Pro Bowler. Time will tell if the new coaching staff loves him as much as the last.

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6. Jason Huntley

Let’s be honest. Does anyone truly know if this guy can play or not?

7. Adrian Killins

Don’t be surprised if Adrian Killins winds up on the 53-man roster. Philly signing him to a two-year deal rather than one of the one-year variety is very interesting.

8. Elijah Holyfield

No one knows how this organization feels about Elihaj Holyfield. They’ve been keeping him around, but they never let him play. His time in Eagles green may be at its end.