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Eagles Early Offseason Position Preview: Running Back

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field

A trade on Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft changed the dynamic in the running back room for the Eagles, who acquired D'Andre Swift and a seventh-round draft pick (Texas defensive tackle Moro Ojomo) from Detroit in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2023 and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2025 NFL Draft. It was a winner for the Eagles, no doubt. Returning to his native Philadelphia proved to be a major move for Swift, who ran for a career-best 1,049 yards and added 39 receptions for 214 yards as a receiver. He totaled 6 touchdowns and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Swift had a career-high 630 offensive snaps, while averaging 14 rushing attempts and 66 yards per game.

Swift formed a nice 1-2 tandem with Kenneth Gainwell, who in his third season rushed for a career-high 364 yards and added 30 receptions. Gainwell delivered 547 yards from scrimmage on his 115 offensive touches, continuing his progression in his young Eagles career.

With Swift and Gainwell taking most of the action at running back, there wasn't a whole lot of work for Boston Scott or Rashaad Penny – Scott had 20 carries for 86 yards and Penny rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries in the three games he played.

Key RB Fact: According to the NFL's Next Gen Stats, Swift had a 45.0% rush success rate this season, the fifth highest among all NFL running backs with a minimum 100 carries.

Players under contract for 2024: Kenneth Gainwell, Tyrion Davis-Price, Lew Nichols

Players whose contracts are set to expire in March: Rashaad Penny, Boston Scott, D'Andre Swift

Relieve some of the best moments and greatest photos of the Eagles' running backs during the 2023 season. The position group included D'Andre Swift, Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott, Rashaad Penny, and Lew Nichols.

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