Eagles RB Kenneth Gainwell paces backfield

It was the Kenneth Gainwell Show on Sunday afternoon.

After months of wondering what the Eagles’ running back rotation was going to look like, Gainwell played the bulk of the snaps at running back in the Eagles’ tight 25-20 win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Here’s a look at how the work broke down in this game:

Kenneth Gainwell: 41 snaps (62%)
D’Andre Swift: 19 snaps (29%)
Boston Scott: 8 snaps (12%)
Rashaad Penny: Inactive

Fantasy Impact: 

While it was a surprise to many, we did report Gainwell looked to be the team's most trusted back this offseason. And it started late last season when Gainwell started to get valuable snaps down the stretch and in the playoffs, sometimes ahead of Miles Sanders. As the story said, this was a new career high in snaps for Gainwell, who had 14 rushing attempts for 54 yards and also caught 4 passes for 20 yards. Perhaps the bigger surprise as Swift had just two offensive touches for 3 yards and also dropped a pass.

The Eagles could come out in Week 2, a Thursday night game against the Vikings, and perhaps make sure Swift is more involved from the start. HC Nick Sirianni was quoted in the story as saying, “I don't ever want to come out of a game where D'Andre Swift has only two touches, either. Where we were with numbers and some of the things, you know, our first three guys and through camp are those three guys, they dressed. So like I said with Boston [Scott], to have four backs up, Boston and D'Andre both only had one carry, we have to play that number game.”

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