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Eagles' Latest Cut Provides Some Clarity on Running Back Depth Chart

Devon Platana
The Philadelphia Eagles' latest roster cut provides some clarity when it comes to their running back depth chart.
The Philadelphia Eagles' latest roster cut provides some clarity when it comes to their running back depth chart. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they waived fourth-year running back Kerryon Johnson on Tuesday as teams cut down to the 85-man limit. The move comes less than two weeks after it seemed like the 24-year-old was legitimately making a case to be the Eagles No. 3 running back. However, Johnson has a history of knee injuries and was expected to be sidelined week-to-week with another, so perhaps Philadelphia didn't think it was worth the risk of rostering him.

With Johnson out of the picture, the Eagles running back depth chart seems a lot more clear. As everyone expected, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott will be the lead backs. Sanders led the backfield last year with 1,064 total yards from scrimmage and 6 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Scott looked solid as well, scoring a pair of touchdowns and racking up a career-high 586 total yards.

It's the third spot on the RB depth chart where things get interesting. While it was looking like the spot would belong to either Johnson or veteran Jordan Howard, 2021 fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell has been stealing some attention. The 22-year-old has looked good in training camp and recorded 14 yards on two rushing attempts and 16 yards on two receptions in Philadelphia's first preseason game.

While that's a small sample size, Gainwell was impressive with what he could do with those limited touches. Seeing how he plays against the New England Patriots on Thursday will be more indicative of his role going forward.

The Eagles enter Thursday's matchup as the +105 underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, while the Patriots are the -125 favorites.


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