Reasonable expectations for the Philadelphia Eagles rushing attack, running backs

  • Running backs are making less money, and their usage is at an all-time low.
  • The Eagles have had one of the best rushing attacks in football under Nick Sirianni.
  • Philadelphia has created a nice mix of fresh faces and returning veterans.
  • There's reason to be excited about these guys with Brian Johnson leading them.

Kennedy Brooks, #34, D'Andre Swift, #0, Rashaad Penny, #23 Jalen Hurts, #1, Philadelphia Eagles
Kennedy Brooks, #34, D'Andre Swift, #0, Rashaad Penny, #23 Jalen Hurts, #1, Philadelphia Eagles / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages
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Expect Kenneth Gainwell a.k.a. Kenny G to play some beautiful music for the Eagles in 2023.

Entering the offseason, rumors circulated that the Eagles were willing to utilize Kenneth Gainwell as the team's lead running back during the 2023 season. That may no longer be the case, but following a tremendous playoff run last season, you can see where those theories came from.

Gainwell enters his third NFL season this fall. While the Eagles have added more talent at the position, there's reason to believe he could still see an increased role in 2023.

His workload hasn't been extensive. Gainwell has had just 121 carries, 531 rushing yards, and ten total touchdowns in his two-year career thus far, but unlike D'Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny, his contract with the Eagles extends beyond the 2023 season.

His lone career start came in the final week of the 2021 season, where he logged 12 carries for 78 yards and a score. Gainwell also rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts in the Eagles' 2022 divisional-round matchup against the New York Giants.

Expect him to see around 75 carries or more, earn over 300 rushing yards, and score at least five times. That would meet or surpass his current career highs in each category.

Yep. This guy is special. He's going to contribute to the Eagles offense all season, and don't be shocked if he is the guy in the game during two-minute drives at the end of each half.