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|While the Eagles' new acquisitions at running back are great for the offense as a whole, the player who was likely the biggest loser for the Eagles this offseason is running back Kenneth Gainwell. It looked for a moment as if Gainwell might potentially get an opportunity to start this season when they moved on from Miles Sanders, but that thought was quickly put to bed when the team brought in both Rashaad Penny and D'Andre Swift.
Gainwell played a minimal role in the Eagles' offense in 2022, carrying the ball just 53 times despite playing in every game. He did lead all Eagles running backs with 29 carries and 23 receptions but is unlikely to maintain a strong grasp on the pass-catching role now that Swift has arrived.
Gainwell projects as more of an insurance policy rather than a locked-in contributor, but he's playing behind two backs who both have a long history of injuries, so there's a decent chance that Gainwell ends up carving out a role at some point during the season. He's someone who should probably go undrafted in most leagues, but keep an eye on him throughout the season as he could end up being a very valuable waiver wire addition.
| Kenneth Gainwell ruled Out for Week 2|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 13, 4:12 pm
|The Eagles have ruled out CB James Bradberry (concussion), RB Kenneth Gainwell (ribs) and S Reed Blankenship (ribs). DT Fletcher Cox (ribs) is questionable. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gainwell operated as the lead back for the Eagles in Week 1, playing 62% of the snaps. This could open the door for D'Andre Swift and perhaps Rashaad Penny who was inactive. Boston Scott is still in mix as well, but Swift is the most likely to be the biggest beneficiary of this news.
|Rashaad Penny expected to be a healthy scratch|
Eagles making touch decision at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 10, 12:05 pm
|Running back Rashaad Penny is expected to be a healthy scratch today against the Patriots, league sources tell me and
Penny, a five-year veteran with a career 5.7-yard rushing average, signed with the Eagles as a free agent in the offseason. (Olivia Reiner on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This comes as a big of a surprise, but does give a bit of a boost to D'Andre Swift's outlook against the Patriots today. Expect Kenneth Gainwell to be in the mix and Boston Scott to be active.