Kennedy Brooks brings an added dimension currently missing from the Eagles’ running game.
It’s been a long time since LeGarrette Blount ran around and, often, over the competition and into the hearts of Eagles fans forever. He wasn’t here long, 16 regular-season games and a three-game march to the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the postseason that followed, but his exit left a void that has yet to be filled long-term.
Everyone’s clamored for that workhorse that can chew up yards late if Philly is up on the scoreboard, that guy that can pound the ball between the tackles and provide value in the red zone and on third down. At times, they’ve had that. Jordan Howard comes to mind, but Howard has proven that he isn’t going to be able to give Philly a full 17 games because of his running style.
Kennedy Brooks enters 2022’s version of Eagles training camp with fresh legs and a skill set that distinguishes him from Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, in his draft profile of the former Oklahoma Sooners standout, gave him a grade of 6.11 and described him as a “good backup with the potential to develop into a starter”.
Finding Brooks in the pool of undrafted rookies has to qualify as a steal for the Eagles offense. We said that when Philly drafted Gainwell in Round 5 last year. We were right, and we’re more confident that Brooks will be able to do the same thing in his rookie campaign this season. He may find himself ahead of Jason Huntley as the fourth running back on Philadelphia’s depth chart in no time.