Despite a slow start to the rush game, the Philadelphia Eagles came out on top during the 2021 season. With a total of 2,715 rushing yards, running back Kenneth Gainwell was an integral part to the position, and he’s ready to “go crazy”.
Eagles Running Back Looks Ahead to 2022
The Eagles selected Gainwell in the fifth-round (150th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft. The running back from Memphis signed a four-year contract, finding success on the field early on. With 68 carriers, Gainwell finished with 291 yards and five touchdowns, as well as, 33 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown.
Gainwell spoke to Josh Tolentino if the Philadelphia Inquirer, stating, “I’m trying to go into Year 2 and go crazy. Year 1 was good for me. But I feel like Coach Sirianni, he knows who he got out of me. I’m coming back and I’m going to go off.”
“I just want to dominate. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the actual field or the playbook, I’m attacking every part ’cause that’s all I know.”
The 23-year-old sits behind Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. Sanders had a difficult time last season after some injuries got in the way, but will remain the lead running back. He is heading into the final year of his contract. Scott, although not tendered by the Eagles, signed a new one-year contract last month. The deal is worth $1.75 million and up to $2.25 million with $1.1 million guaranteed.
Behind Gainwell is Jason Huntley. Huntley has been with the Eagles since 2020, playing in five total games for 19 rushing yards.
Gainwell will now look for an expanded role in the upcoming season. According to Pro Football Focus, 28% of his runs went for first downs or touchdowns. If the Eagles want to expand on their run game, fans should expect to see more of the running back.