Nearly-forgotten Eagles everyone hopes can conjure postseason magic

Ndamukong Suh, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
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Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles
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14. player. 54. . . . Kenneth Gainwell, running back

The Eagles’ vaunted rushing attack could gain a huge boost by actually employing a true committee system.

Before there was an Eagles training camp, the best start by any team in franchise history, or record-setting individual performances to discuss, there was a statement that was made by Miles Sanders. The top running back on Philadelphia’s depth chart stated he needed more opportunities if he was to show what he can do.

He was granted his wish. 17 games, 259 carries, and 20 receptions later, Miles finished his fourth NFL regular season relatively healthy and with career highs in rushing yards (1,269) and rushing TDs (11) while earning his first Pro Bowl nod, but something needs to be pointed out even if we’re well aware of the fact that it should be obvious to anyone with any knowledge of professional football. The running back position is the most punished in the game.

The Birds potentially have one of the more impressive committees in the game. Both Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott are talented. Both are underutilzed. The only thing that can stop the Eagles’ rushing attack is their coach’s desire to steer away from it.

Though it was called back, we keep thinking about Gainwell’s burst to the end zone versus the New Orleans Saints (and about the fact that he wasn’t given any other carries in the game). Gainwell isn’t the perfect tailback, but he could be a wildcard if given a larger role.