'Why Kenneth Gainwell?'
Career production | 18 games
235 attempts | 1,550 yards | 6.6 ypc | 14 touchdowns
57 receptions | 662 yards | 11.6 ypr | 3 touchdowns
1 - Movement toolbox & non-linear athletic capabilities
Gainwell is a strict, linear driven mover who chains effectively from lateral to linear and can accelerate quickly after a brief re-direct.
Like we see here, he's able to react quickly to the closure of space. He takes a back step to negate the contact attempt, then accelerates away from the left hash to pick up yardage.
When Gainwell gets north-south, we see the economic movement tools come into play and how explosively he can chain them.
His strong capabilities during early acceleration mesh well with lateral to linear economy.
Gainwell pivots through engagements frequently.
This can work for and against him.
It usually isn't the most efficient way to gain additional yardage and can leave him open for unnecessary hits.
There is some concern about the variation in Gainwell's toolbox.
Some engagements in open space aren't as efficient as they should be.
As Gainwell's game matures, this is an element we will need to see added if he wants to be an integral part of an NFL rushing attack.
2 - Skillset as a receiver
The appeal of Gainwell begins as a receiver.
He is a legitimate threat to win from the slot and is a mismatch for linebackers out of the backfield.
There is a chance Nick Sirianni deploys him in a hybrid role because of this versatility.
From the slot, we can see Gainwell running choice routes, and winning after the catch.
He doesn't have any overly broad route tree, but has the physical capabilities to make a significant impact on a passing attack while expanding upon it as he grows.
He can also win on the boundary.
Gainwell makes the requisite adjustments to make a play on the ball which is impressive for a running back and is something we've seen consistently from Gainwell as a receiver.
The multi-dimensional capabilities he has here will play a large role in his early career impact.
3 - Through contact skill set
An underrated skill of Gainwell's is how well he can deal with indirect & high contact.
He doesn't rush engagements, and can win with patience when contacted in the open.
Often we see Gainwell stop his feet when defenders come downhill, which is a habit that he will need to break in order to have consistent success in the NFL.
However, you see the ability to pin-ball around through high contact after the initial engagement above.
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8 - Ascension grades
Tier 1: 75.00 & over -- Gold Jacket potential
Tier 2: 65.00 - 74.99 -- All-pro caliber
Tier 3: 55.00 - 64.99 -- Pro-bowl caliber
Tier 4: 49.98 - 54.99 -- Above-average starter
Tier 5: 44.96 - 49.97 -- High ceiling / High-risk prospect
Tier 6: 39.50 - 44.95 -- Secondary committee option
Tier 7: 39.49 & below -- Depth piece with low ceiling