Intriguing questions surrounding the Eagles running back committee
By Ryan Loftus
Heading into the 2022 season, the Eagles running back committee is a group worthy of a discussion.
For the Philadelphia Eagles, training camp is underway, and following a nine-win season, hope springs eternal. Most of those nine wins came on the back of Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, and the running back committee the Eagles utilized well in the second half of the 2021-2022 season. They’ll be relied upon again. The question is this.
Can Philly’s rushing attack amass higher rushing yards total in 2022? It’s possible, especially seeing as how they’re entering another year in head coach Nick Sirianni’s system.
Sirianni started last season by steering his team in the wrong direction. As a result, he only won two out of his first seven games. We can still hear the chants of “run the ball” now. After seemingly listening to this advice (and Nick Sirianni handing over the playcalling duties), the Eagles ran their way to a strong finish and a Wild Card berth.
As of right now, the Eagles currently have five running backs on their depth chart: Miles Sanders (the projected starter), Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott, Jason Huntley, and rookie undrafted free agent Kennedy Brooks.
The Birds were rumored to have been in talks with former Dallas Cowboys star JaQuan Hardy, but reportedly decided against signing him. Jordan Howard, who ran for 406 yards and three touchdowns with the Eagles last season, recently traveled across the state to work out for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This after doing the same in New Orleans for the Saints.
Nick Sirianni spoke to the media on July 30, stating at one point that he was “comfortable” with the amount of running backs currently on the roster. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Eagles won’t look to add more, but for now, they have a decent mixture of skill sets. Let’s take a deeper look at the guys who are already on the roster.