The Philadelphia Eagles backfield is expecting big things in 2022.
"I'm trying to go into year two and go crazy," Gainwell told Josh Tolentino of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Year one was good for me. But I feel like coach (Nick) Sirianni, he knows what he got out of me. I'm coming back and I'm going to go off."
A fifth-round pick out of Memphis, Gainwell had a solid rookie campaign, carrying the ball 68 times for 291 yards and five TDs, while adding 33 catches for 253 yards and another score.
At times during the season, Gainwell displayed pop as a dual-threat back with upside to break a big play. Throughout the season, Sirianni talked up the young running back as a vital member of the offense. The 23-year-old projects to have a more prominent role this season in Philadelphia's run-heavy scheme.
"I just want to dominate. It doesn't matter if it's on the actual field or the playbook, I'm attacking every part 'cause that's all I know," Gainwell told Tolentino.
Sanders is slated to remain the lead back heading into the final year of his contract, but given the Eagles' offense is designed around the backfield, there should be carries and catches available for the elusive Gainwell. If he shows more consistency between the tackles and the same burst in space he did as a rookie, Philly should have a dynamic one-two punch.