Miles Sanders, RB, 2nd Round Pick
"“The rookie running back from Penn State continues to make up for time lost in the spring program by tearing it up here in the summer. On this day, he produced an explosive kickoff return and was at the top of his game as a runner and receiver when operating with the offense.” – Nick Fierro of The Morning Call"
The Eagles haven’t selected a running back this high since they snagged LeSean McCoy ten years ago. Like McCoy, Sanders is viewed somewhat as a do-it-all type of back. Although he struggles in pass protection, he still offers a solid skillset in running the ball and pass-catching. Many questioned Sanders’ lack of production in college, but the rookie wideout enters onto the Eagles roster with minimal tread, and tons of gas left in the tank.
For the first couple of practice sessions, Sanders was eased into everything. Since he just got over his injury from the spring, Doug Pederson didn’t want him to come in and further injure himself while getting involved in some physical reps. Now that Sanders is used to the pace of the game though, he’s getting some quality reps with the first team. So far, Sanders has been quite impressive and should get a fair share of work next week in the teams’ first preseason game.