2. The starting RB rotation
The Eagles’ running back corps has been a major topic since the opener’s unexpected usage.
It was incumbent Kenneth Gainwell who took on the leading role in Week 1, racking up 14 carries. Meanwhile, Boston Scott and D’Andre Swift saw just one apiece, and Rashaad Penny wasn’t even active for the contest. Considering how much attention was paid to the additions of Swift and Penny, this was shocking to say the least.
However, a rib injury to Gainwell paved the way for an RB shakeup in Week 2. Swift was thrust into the RB1 role, and he absolutely shined. The former Detroit Lion popped off for 175 yards and 1 touchdown, with his efforts on the ground being essential to Philadelphia holding off Minnesota.
Swift’s success in a workhorse role (28 carries vs. the Vikings) is undeniable. It’s unclear, though, how Sirianni approaches this group heading into Week 3. Gainwell could be ready to play after a long week of rest, which would cloud the RB workload if he still has the coaching staff’s backing.
Penny, meanwhile, is a complete question mark. Boston Scott entering the concussion protocol could open up a bigger role for the electric back, but it’s obvious he’s on the outside looking in right now regardless.
The Eagles may elect to switch things up every week to keep Swift, who’s been hampered by injuries throughout his career, healthy. Or they could lean into his obvious RB1 talents. We honestly don’t know how Sirianni will handle this position moving forward.