PFF: Eagles ranked No. 22 in running back unit rankings
A lot of the Philadelphia Eagles’ position groups will look different on the defensive side of the ball heading into the 2023 season, but on the offense side of the ball, none will look more different than the running back room.
The running back room consisting of newcomers D'Andre Swift, Rashaad Penny, and holdovers Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott, and Trey Sermon, will have a much different look this season.
Philadelphia will be missing a major portion of its 2022 production with Miles Sanders now in Carolina.
PFF’s Gordon McGuinness ranks Philadelphia’s running backs room at No. 22 due to the facy that don’t really have an individual standout at running back this season.
The Eagles don’t really have an individual standout at running back, but they do have at least four players that you’d probably be comfortable giving 10 carries per game, if needed. D’Andre Swift is coming off career highs in yards after contact per carry (3.10) and missed tackles forced (24 on 99 carries). Rashaad Penny has flashed elite-level play when healthy but has struggled to stay on the field, averaging over 4.2 yards after contact per carry in each of the past two seasons but totaling just 176 carries in that span. Kenneth Gainwell is fine in a reserve role while Boston Scott can pop up with a touchdown against the New York Giants when needed.
Sanders averaged 4.9 yards per carry and produced 1,268 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, which will need to be replaced.
Jalen Hurts was next on the list with 760 yards on 165 carries (4.6 YPC) for 10 TDs, making him the top returning rusher on the team.
Third, on the list was Gainwell with 240 yards, but he did add 181 yards during the Eagles' three-game playoff run, catching seven passes for 55 yards.
Scott has been a reliable fill-in, adding 217 yards and three scores last season in 15 games.
So who will be this year's leader? And who will fill Sanders role as the lead back or will the Eagles go by committee?
We'll start to find out when Eagles players report to training camp on July 25.
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