Kerryon Johnson, RB
When the Eagles were able to snag Kerryon Johnson off waivers earlier this offseason, fans were ecstatic. A former second-round pick who had a half-decent rookie season with the Detroit Lions, people were excited at the possibility of him rounding out an improved running back rotation behind Miles Sanders.
Fans were quick to point out the previous success that the Eagles had utilizing a “running back by committee” approach, and how Sirianni was coming from a Colts system that prioritized using multiple runners as well.
However, Johnson should by no means be viewed as a lock for the Eagles final roster this season. Not only is he coming off a disastrous 2020 campaign, but he’s also entering a running back room that actually has a decent amount of depth to it.
Outside of Sanders and recent fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell, who are both locks for the final roster, the Eagles RB room also has names like Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, Jason Huntley, Elijah Holyfield, and Adrian Killins.
That’s a whole lot of bodies to compete with.
Johnson has dealt with some injury issues as well throughout his NFL career – he has to come in and impress the Eagles coaches if he wants to stick around this season.