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The Eagles released RB Jordan Howard. The 26-year-old has been a major disappointment since running for over 1,100 yards in each of his first 2 NFL seasons. Still, the move is a bit surprising since Philadelphia already cut ties with RB Kerryon Johnson. This leaves Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell as the only RBs on the roster. Sanders should dominate carries in this backfield, with Scott and Gainwell likely stealing passing-down work.

Eagles insider Rueben Frank expects RB Kenneth Gainwell to play "a lot" this year. He got off to a slow start in camp but has seemingly gotten rolling lately. He had a nice preseason, capped by a 5-32-1 rushing line and 4-27 receiving line in Friday night's finale. We'll see exactly how Gainwell fits in a backfield that also includes Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. The rookie is just a late-round flier in drafts but could be a drain on Sanders' fantasy production.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders has had "far too many drops" in training camp so far, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro writes. Sanders' receiving production fell off a cliff last year, when he posted a 28-197-0 line after a 50-509-3 as a rookie. His 8 drops were part of the problem. Zangaro adds that Sanders is having a good camp as a runner, looking "quick, explosive and agile." He's a safe bet to operate as Philly's lead ball-carrier this season. But his role in the passing game is in question. We'll see if he can clean up the drops going forward.

Eagles RBs coach Jamel Singleton hinted that his team plans on deploying a committee backfield in 2021. "There are very specific skill sets you need in your room," Singleton said. "You need a first- and second-down runner with that really elite ability. You need a guy that can pass protect on third down and be short yardage. You need a back that can run routes and you can put him out in empty. It’s really a combination of that. I think the days of, ‘he’s an every-down back,’ that’s a little skewed these days because of the speed, because of the contact.” There are very few every-down backs in today's NFL, so this certainly isn't a death knell to Miles Sanders. But we're curious to see exactly how much work he'll cede after the Eagles added rookie RB Kenneth Gainwell and RB Kerryon Johnson to a group that already included RBs Boston Scott and Jordan Howard.

The Eagles on Friday signed RB Kerryon Johnson. He slipped to just 3.3 carries and 1.2 receptions per game last season, with D'Andre Swift in the mix -- despite playing in all 16 games for the 1st time in his 3 years. Johnson joins a Philly backfield with Miles Sanders as the leader, 5th-round pick Kenneth Gainwell arriving as a receiving factor and Jordan Howard returning. We'll see exactly how Johnson fits in this summer.

The Eagles have selected RB Kenneth Gainwell in the 5th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Before opting out for COVID concerns in 2020, Gainwell posted a huge sophomore campaign at Memphis. He ran for 1,459 yards and 13 TDs on 6.3 yards per rush, adding 51 receptions for 610 yards and 3 more scores. Gainwell finished that season 12th in the nation in rushing yards and 6th in scrimmage yards per game. Gainwell played at just 190 pounds but still clocked a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, at 201. His college tape shows a player with run strength and experience running WR routes. Gainwell’s size figures to limit his touch upside, but he could prove nicely efficient on a per-play basis. His slide to Round 5 also doesn't speak well of his status with NFL decision makers. Landing in Philly not only limits Gainwell's upside, it also challenges the touch volume for Miles Sanders. At worst, Gainwell is a good-looking pass-catcher.

The Eagles re-signed RB Jordan Howard to a 1-year deal. Howard hooked up with the Eagles last November after being dumped by the Dolphins but carried just 7 times in 2 appearances. He's a good bet to make the team with how the Eagles' backfield currently sits. But he'd need a Miles Sanders injury to sniff fantasy value.

The Eagles have named Shane Steichen their new OC. Steichen coached alongside new Eagles HC Nick Sirianni with the Chargers from 2014 to 2017. He took over as Chargers OC midway through the 2019 campaign and then led the squad to a 9th-place finish in total yards this past year. The 2020 Chargers were a fast-paced offense, ranking 5th in situation-neutral pace.

The Eagles are hiring Nick Sirianni as their new HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sirianni has 12 seasons of experience in the league, spending the past 3 as Colts OC. Indianapolis finished top 7 in points and yards with QB Andrew Luck in Sirianni's 1st year. The unit took a step back after Luck's surprise retirement in 2019 but bounced back to rank 9th in points and 10th in yards this past season. It's worth noting, though, that it was HC Frank Reich calling the plays for the Colts. So the 39-year-old Sirianni heads to Philly as a bit of an unknown.

The Eagles have fired HC Doug Pederson. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the move was made as a result of both on-field performance and disagreements between Pederson and management on coaching staff changes for 2021 and beyond. "Pederson was sick of people telling him what to do," Rapoport adds. Pederson is just 3 seasons removed from bringing a Super Bowl to Philadelphia, but his 2020 Eagles were 1 of the most disappointing teams in the league. We'll see who Philly hires as its new HC and, more importantly, how they decide to move forward at QB.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) is out for Sunday night’s game vs. Washington. It looks like he hurt his knee in Thursday’s practice. We’ll see if it’s anything that’ll impact his 2021. Sanders’ absence leaves the Eagles’ backfield to RBs Boston Scott, Jordan Howard and Corey Clement.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard has been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster. It looks like he'll play against the Packers on Sunday. Howard isn't a fantasy option, but we're hoping he doesn't vulture goal-line work from RB Miles Sanders.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) put in a full week of practice, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday, and isn’t listed on the final injury report. We’re expecting him to be back in his usual role against the Giants this weekend. Sanders averaged 15.5 carries and 5.8 targets in 4 full games earlier this season.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. At least he got on the field, although it would have been nice to see him get in a full workout. We're tentatively expecting Sanders to return for this weekend's game vs. the Giants, but we wouldn't go dropping RB Boston Scott just yet.

The Eagles expect RB Miles Sanders (knee) to return to practice after this week's bye, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It sounds like we should expect to have the Philly starter back in fantasy lineups for Week 10. We'll certainly track his participation through the week.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) is out for Sunday night's game vs. the Cowboys. He figures to be back after Philly's Week 9 bye. Meanwhile, Boston Scott gets another game as the Eagles' lead back and is a borderline RB1 vs. Dallas' 24th-ranked RB defense.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday. Don't bank on him playing against the Cowboys on Sunday night. That'd leave Boston Scott as Philly's lead back -- and a borderline RB1 in fantasy lineups.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. That doesn't bode well for his chances of returning for Sunday night's game vs. the Cowboys. Philly probably thinks it can win that game without Sanders -- and then comes a bye week. Sanders' absence would again leave Boston Scott as the Eagles' lead back.

As expected, Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Giants. Consider him questionable for Week 8. Sanders' absence tomorrow will leave Boston Scott as Philly's lead back, with Corey Clement as the #2.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the Eagles expect RB Miles Sanders to miss Thursday night's game against the Giants with the knee injury that knocked him out early against the Ravens. We'll see about Sanders' return timeline beyond that. Boston Scott should be picked up this week just about anywhere he's available. Expect him to land inside the top 30 RBs across formats in our Week 7 fantasy football rankings. Corey Clement could be a pickup option for deeper leagues, but he has done little this season. Even with Sanders out at Washington in Week 1 and Scott's production lacking, Clement went just 6-19 rushing and caught 2 passes for 2 yards.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter says Sanders is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

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