Kenneth Gainwell

Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back
Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back
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Kenneth Gainwell News

Six touches in blowout win

Gainwell gained 15 yards on three carries and added 38 more yards on a trio of receptions in Sunday's 35-10 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Gainwell averaged 3.9 touches through the Eagles' first 10 games, but he's now averaged 7.5 touches across the team's last two contests. While that's a noticeable trend in the right direction, Gainwell's workload remains far too low for him to be a reliable fantasy option.

Dec 6, 2022 12:50 PM EST

Contributes to big team performance

Gainwell carried the ball eight times for 39 nine yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Packers, adding one catch for seven more yards.

Analysis: Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders received the bulk of the Eagles' carries and gained the bulk of the team's rushing yards as usual Sunday, but on a day in which Philadelphia rushed for 363 yards, there was plenty of action to go around. Gainwell's carries and yards both represented season highs. While the Eagles do have the capability to go off like they did against Green Bay on occasion and could do so again, they're unlikely to do so frequently enough to make Gainwell a reliable option. Even after his Week 12 contributions, he's still averaging just 20.4 total yards on 4.4 touches per game.

Nov 28, 2022 11:07 AM EST

Gains zero yards

Gainwell carried the ball once for zero yards and wasn't targeted with any passes in Sunday's win against Indianapolis.

Analysis: Gainwell saw the field for just 11 offenses snaps, fewer even than fellow depth running back Boston Scott (13 snaps). Scott also received five touches compared to just one for Gainwell. Gainwell has now received just one carry in three of the last four weeks and hasn't carried the ball more than five times in any game this season.

Nov 22, 2022 8:03 AM EST

Touches ball twice

Gainwell finished with one carry for seven yards and one catch for five yards in Monday's loss to the Commanders.

Analysis: After tying his season high with seven touches and a score in Week 9, Gainwell tied his season-low with just two touches in Week 10. He continues to have minimal fantasy relevance and doesn't even produce all that many points when he happens to find the end zone, as his workload is simply too small.

Nov 15, 2022 4:47 PM EST

Produces 38 total yards, TD, in win

Gainwell rushed four times for 22 yards and a touchdown and brought in all three targets for 16 yards in the Eagles' 29-17 win over the Texans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Gainwell was able to complement backfield mate Miles Sanders' strong night on the ground (17-93-1) with his third rushing touchdown of the season on a four-yard run in the latter portion of the second quarter. Gainwell remains firmly behind Sanders in the backfield pecking order, but his season-high reception and receiving yardage totals combined with the score made it the second-year back's best fantasy performance of the season overall.

Nov 3, 2022 9:11 PM EST

Receives just one carry

Gainwell carried the ball once for three yards and caught one pass for eight yards in Sunday's win over Pittsburgh.

Analysis: The Eagles won by a comfortable 35-13 score, but it was Boston Scott, not Gainwell, who got the garbage-time carries. Gainwell saw the field for just 14 offensive snaps and remains far from a fantasy-relevant role.

Nov 1, 2022 2:59 PM EST

Sets season high with 25 yards

Gainwell rushed for a season-high 25 yards on five carries in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Gainwell got the Eagles into the red zone to set up their first score with a nine-yard rush late in the first quarter, but his overall impact on the game remained small even in a season-best performance. He only saw the field for 17 offensive snaps, well below Miles Sanders' 44, with the Eagles showing no inclination to move to a more even split.

Oct 17, 2022 4:09 PM EST

Logs full practice Thursday

Gainwell (ribs) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: After having a cap on his reps Wednesday due to a rib injury, Gainwell returned to all activity one day later. He's thus in line to resume serving as the No. 2 running back for the Eagles behind Miles Sanders. The role hasn't amounted to much work, as Gainwell is averaging 4.4 touches for 18.6 yards from scrimmage on 19.2 offensive snaps per game, though he has managed to score a pair of rushing TDs through five contests.

Oct 13, 2022 2:29 PM EST

Dealing with rib injury

Gainwell (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Gainwell's ability to practice at all at the start of the week suggests he's on track to play Sunday against the Cowboys. The Eagles also will have Boston Scott (rib) back in the lineup, though it's unclear if/how that impacts Gainwell, given that most of Scott's usual workload simply went to starter Miles Sanders the past two weeks.

Oct 12, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Still not getting opportunities

Gainwell carried the ball three times for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: The Eagles continue to have a very clear hierarchy at the running back position and don't appear to be interested in anything close to a committee. Even with Boston Scott out with a rib injury and replacement third-string option Trey Sermon claiming just three snaps, Gainwell was out-snapped by Miles Sanders by a 54-16 margin. The Eagles' rushing attack is potent enough that Gainwell would instantly become quite an interesting option should Sanders get hurt, but there's little reason to look towards a player averaging 23.3 total yards on 4.4 touches per game until that happens.

Oct 10, 2022 4:43 PM EST

Scores in small role

Gainwell carried the ball five times for 19 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, adding one catch on two targets for a loss of two yards.

Analysis: Gainwell put the Eagles in front late in the first half with a 10-yard touchdown run, his second of the year. While he's now on pace for a respectable 8.5 touchdowns this season, he still isn't playing a major role in the Eagles' offense. Even with Boston Scott out with a rib injury, Gainwell played just 22 snaps and received just six touches.

Oct 3, 2022 4:55 PM EST

Three touches in Week 3

Gainwell carried the ball three times for six yards in Sunday's win over the Commanders.

Analysis: Gainwell was back to being the clear second running back this time around, as his 22 snaps were far fewer than Miles Sanders' 41 but far more than Boston Scott's seven. Despite those snaps, though, he again failed to play a significant role in the Eagles' offense. Through three games, he's averaging 18.7 total yards on 4.3 touches per game. With the undefeated Eagles likely seeing little reason to shake up their game plan, it will probably take an injury to Sanders to give Gainwell fantasy relevance.

Sep 26, 2022 3:46 PM EST

Not used much in Week 2

Gainwell rushed twice for seven yards and pulled in one of his two targets for an 11-yard reception in Monday's win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Gainwell looked like the clear No. 2 back on the Eagles' depth chart in Week 1, but he wasn't significantly ahead of Boston Scott this time around. He only had a small edge over Scott in snaps (19 to 15), while Scott beat him in touches (five to three). Gainwell didn't help his case by missing a screen pass midway through the fourth quarter, with the ball deflecting off him for a Jordan Hicks interception, something which could potentially tilt things in Scott's favor going forward.

Sep 20, 2022 1:51 PM EST

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