Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
- NFC East
- Lincoln Financial Field
- Head Coach
- Nick Sirianni
- Offensive Coordinator
- Shane Steichen
- Defensive Coordinator
- Jonathan Gannon
- Special Teams Coach
- Michael Clay
- Defensive Scheme
Philadelphia Eagles running back Kerryon Johnson, who was waived by the Detroit Lions last Thursday, said he expects to compete for carries in his new backfield. The 23-year-old was a second-round pick out of Auburn in 2018. Knee injuries slowed him in his first two seasons, and he settled for a limited role last year. The Eagles have Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Jordan Howard returning from the 2020 season. They also added Kenny Gainwell in the fifth round of the draft and have Jason Huntley, Adrian Killins and Elijah Holyfield battling for roster spots. If Philly carries four RBs on the active roster, it could come down to Howard or Johnson. Johnson has versatility as a pass-catcher and pass-protector, but he'll likely be competing for a limited role behind Sanders and Scott, leaving him little fantasy upside in this crowded backfield.
The Philadelphia Eagles claimed former Detroit Lions second-round running back Kerryon Johnson off waivers on Friday, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Lions waived the Auburn product on Thursday. Johnson became expendable after the team drafted D'Andre Swift in the first round in 2020, signed free-agent running back Jamaal Williams and then drafted Jermar Jefferson in the seventh round last weekend. He led the Lions with 641 rushing yards in 2018 despite playing in just 10 games due to a knee injury, but the second-rounder was limited to just eight games in 2019 and lost valuable playing time to Swift and veteran Adrian Peterson last season. The 23-year-old will compete for touches behind Miles Sanders in Philly with Boston Scott, Jason Huntley and Jordan Howard in 2021.
With the 150th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell. Gainwell joins a backfield that's headed by Miles Sanders but that has room for someone else to get some additional looks as Sanders' primary backup. Gainwell is one of the most interesting prospects in this class and has some appeal as a playmaker who can get involved in the run and pass game. He might not be the strongest runner in this class either, making him someone whose appeal is best in full PPR leagues, where his receiving ability will be magnified.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Milton Williams with the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2021 NFL draft on Friday night. Williams is an incredible athlete at the defensive tackle spot and uses his hands really well to fight off offensive linemen. The problem with him is that he faced lesser competition in college and wasn't really a factor in the running game. Williams' Pro Day numbers jumped off the page -- 4.62-second 40-yard dash and 6.87-second three-cone drill. An already strong Eagles front seven just got even stronger. Williams can line up next to Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham to wreak havoc on opposing backfields. Williams also has some experience on the edge.
With the 37th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have drafted Alabama center Landon Dickerson. The Eagles had the second-worst adjusted sack rate in the NFL last season, so adding to the line should help keep quarterback Jalen Hurts safe, allowing him to form a connection with first-round wide receiver DeVonta Smith. With how bad this line was, Dickerson should have a chance to contribute early, and it's hard to see his addition being anything but a positive for this line.