Kenneth Gainwell
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The latest product of the Memphis running back factory, Gainwell follows Antonio Gibson, Tony Pollard and Darrell Henderson to the NFL, and while he may not be quite as fast as those guys, a 4.44 40-yard time at his pro day suggests Gainwell can also scoot. He showed impressive elusiveness, balance and vision in college, and despite being a bit undersized for a running back, he was more than willing to lower his pads and try to grind out yards between the tackles when asked to. That approach won't necessarily work against stronger defenders in the NFL, but with only one season of significant touches at Memphis on his resume after he opted out of the 2020 campaign, accumulated wear and tear is not a concern. Gainwell also has the receiving and pass-protection skills to carve out a role on third downs, giving him a path to less physically demanding touches, while also providing some early down production. Unfortunately, after being taken in the fifth round by the Eagles, he lands in a crowded backfield that has Miles Sanders in the top spot and an experienced backup in Boston Scott - not to mention QB Jalen Hurts - competing for carries and touches. The path to playing time is precarious, and the Eagles offense won't necessarily be a hotbed of RB production. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.82 million contract with the Eagles in June of 2021.
Tallies first touchdown
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
September 13, 2021
Gainwell recorded nine rushes for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 win over Atlanta. He added two receptions on three targets for six yards.
ANALYSIS
Gainwell worked behind Miles Sanders, but he was the clear backup option and was on the field for 35 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Meanwhile, Boston Scott only played on special teams. Gainwell found the end zone on an eight-yard score -- also his longest rush of the game -- for his first career touchdown, but he also had a four-yard trip to the end zone wiped out by a penalty. He once again should see a decent amount of work in a Week 2 matchup against the 49ers.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Kenneth Gainwell's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
88.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
32.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.3
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
11.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
44.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-8.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.32
 
% Team Air Yards
-7.4%
 
% Team Targets
9.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.0
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
77.1
 
Cornerbacks
70.1
 
Safeties
121.9
 
Linebackers
45.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kenneth Gainwell's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
200 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.44 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.46 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.26 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
Hand Length
9.88 in
 
Arm Length
30.38 in
 
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Productive in preseason finale
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
August 28, 2021
Gainwell carried the ball five times for 32 yards and a touchdown and caught all four of his targets for 27 yards in Friday's preseason tie against the Jets.
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Getting lots of different looks
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
August 21, 2021
In addition to lining up in the backfield, Gainwell has also seen time in the slot and out wide, Paul Domowitch of The Press of the Atlantic City reports.
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Mixing in with starters
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
August 18, 2021
Gainwell has been getting more first-team snaps in practice recently, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
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Four touches in preseason Week 1
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
August 12, 2021
Gainwell rushed twice for 14 yards and caught two of four targets for 16 yards in Thursday's 24-16 loss to Pittsburgh.
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Getting training camp looks
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
August 8, 2021
Dave Spadaro of the Eagles' official site relays that Gainwell -- who the team took in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft -- "has had a lot of touches in camp as the coaches move him around the formation and take advantage of his receiving skills and his open-field ability."
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