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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Boston Scott is back. Two tailbacks seem destined to land on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad. One is a fan favorite.

Another returning Eagle rusher in 2023 will be Boston Scott. The five-foot-six running back has become a fan favorite due to his ability to frequently find the end zone against the NFC East rival New York Giants.

Scott is entering his sixth NFL season at 28 years old. His NFL resume consists of 282 career carries and 1,209 rushing yards, but he may be at risk for a decreased role in 2023. While he will likely make the roster, expect Scott to see around 40 carries, between 150 and 200 rushing yards, and three touchdowns in 2023.

A former third-round pick that was released from the San Fransisco 49ers just one year after being drafted, Trey Sermon is a running back that both Howie Roseman and Nick Sirianni have claimed to have an eye on since his college days. Sermon only has 43 career rushes for 186 yards and one touchdown and faces an uphill battle to see playing time as he currently sits fifth on the Eagles' depth chart of running backs.

Despite this, Sermon has had an impressive training camp, and if he is not claimed off waivers, he is a lock to wind up back on the Eagles' practice squad. It is also possible that a roster spot will open up for him at some point during the season due to an injury to another player or a mid-season roster change. Even so, it is unlikely Sermon is called on for over ten carries or surpasses 100 yards on the season unless things go seriously wrong in Philadelphia's backfield.

The sixth and final running back on the Philadelphia Eagles roster, Kennedy Brooks, still has yet to record an NFL carry. While he tallied over 3,300 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground over 37 games as an Oklahoma Sooner, he will most likely be on the Eagles practice squad for the second straight season. It would take a lot for Brooks to see significant carries for the Eagles in 2023, and we would be okay with that due to the upside attached to the names above him on the depth chart.

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