Philadelphia Eagles: Expectations for what’s left of Kenneth Gainwell’s year

Kenneth Gainwell #14, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Kenneth Gainwell #14, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles have something special in this Kenneth Gainwell fellow.

Normally, it would seem a little bush league to take an opportunity like the one we were given in Week 1 by Philadelphia Eagles rookie Kenneth Gainwell‘s performance and turn it into an ‘I told you so’ moment. Normally, people who haven’t been paying attention would respond to any flattering statements made about Gainwell by stating that the person making them is simply going off of hindsight, which is always seen in 20-20 vision.

Here’s where those two roads collide. There were quite a few Eagles fans that were telling you of Gainwell’s brilliance long before he suited up for the first game of Philadelphia’s NFL season. Some of us were telling you that he was a steal ever since the Birds landed him with the 150th-overall selection, during Round 5 of the most recent NFL Draft.

Nine carries for 37 yards and two receptions for six yards don’t sound like much, but trust and believe that Gainwell was brilliant in his NFL debut. As a matter of fact, as crazy as it sounds, he was just as brilliant for what he didn’t do as he was for what he did.

Here’s a quick recap to go along with a couple of reasonable expectations for the final 16 games of his rookie season.