The Eagles might have too much of a good thing regarding the backfield this season.
With Miles Sanders’ departure to the Carolina Panthers, the Eagles needed to find a solution to replace their 1,200 Yard RB1.

Potential high Draft picks seemed the too-obvious option, with names like Bijan Robinson (8th) and Jahmyr Gibbs (12th) taken around the Eagles’ initial 10th overall pick.

Plenty of Running Backs was available this off-season; a solution wouldn’t be too hard to find. And Howie Roseman took advantage of that.

While Running Back discourse continues to be a problem, the Eagles might’ve stumbled their way into a great situation.

High Praise For All

The Eagles brought in 2 Running Backs to ‘fill’ Miles Sanders’ role.

  1. Trading for Detroit’s D’Andre Swift. The cost was a 5th-round pick in 2025 and a swap of 7th-round picks.
  2. Signing Rashaad Penny on a 1-year, 1.350 Million dollar contract.

They also brought back a familiar face. They were re-signing The Giant Killer, Boston Scott, to a 1-year, 2 Million dollar deal.

D’Andre Swift’s Receiving Hands

“He’s a Playmaker.” “It looks like a Wide Receiver catching the football out there.”

Head Coach Nick Sirianni had great things to say about D’Andre Swift getting involved in Training Camp.

This was expected of the Eagles’ mid-draft trade acquisition, as Swift finished last season with 389 Receiving Yards on top of his 542 Rushing Yards.

For the record, Miles Sanders’ career high in Receiving Yards is 158, which he accomplished in 2021.

Swift has been a highlight of Training Camp so far, with big runs and getting involved in the deep passing game.

The Eagles got a steal from the Lions, as Swift seems to assume RB1.

More of Nick Sirianni on Swift here. (11:30-13:02)

Trey Sermon’s Push For Playing Time

On September 1st, 2022, the Eagles claimed Trey Sermon off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.

“I can’t say enough about Trey; we were really excited to get him last year.”

Sermon only saw 8 offensive snaps last season. With 2 rushes for 19 yards against the Jaguars during the Eagles 2nd quarter comeback. His 14-yard push into the red zone helped set up the game-tying touchdown.

“We really value that style of run that he has, and we saw that every day.”

Nick Sirianni on Trey Sermon (9:13-10:22)

With another piece looking to compete for snaps, the Eagles suddenly have 5 Running Backs pushing for playing time.

Boston Scott and Kenny Gainwell both had 50 attempts for just over 200 yards last season. With all this competition in the backfield, the Eagles still have another recent signee that hasn’t made much noise until today.

Rashaad Penny, Special Teams Opportunity

There hasn’t been much on Rashaad Penny during Training Camp. Penny started off Day 1 as RB1 and worked out with the 2nd and 3rd teams as well.

The expectation for Penny seemed to be RB 1A or 1B before the Swift acquisition. With a competitive room and praise from depth, the Running Back committee

Updates today had Penny catching Kickoffs. Something he didn’t do much of in Seattle. With 11 Kickoff Returns for 184 Yards. It could be a mix-up on Special Teams the Eagles are looking for, as they used Boston Scott, Britain Covey, and Quez Watkins for Kick Returns last season.

Training Camp is still well underway, and with the Hall of Fame game tonight and pre-season a week away. There will still be plenty of time for the Eagles to decide what their Running Back Depth Chart might look like.

Currently, ESPN shows the Eagles RBs as Swift>Penny>Gainwell>Scott

The 53 Man rosters aren’t due until August 29th. So the Eagles have 26 days to make the decision on how many of their 5 Running Backs will stay on the main roster.
Who do you think the Eagles will roll with in Week 1?

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