Did the Philadelphia Eagles draft LeSean McCoy 2.0 with Miles Sanders? Many believe so after seeing him live in action.
Finally, the Philadelphia Eagles gave the fans what they wanted on Sunday. After months of feeling disappointed in the organization for not allowing practices to be public, the one and only open session of the offseason went down this past weekend, and 40,000-plus attended to see the guys in midnight green for the first time since January in New Orleans.
Fans got a glimpse of everybody ranging from veterans such as Carson Wentz — to rookies such as Miles Sanders, Andre Dillard, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. For the most part, the practice was an ultimate success. Carson Wentz lit up the field and put on a show, while DeSean Jackson received his first standing ovation of the year as he stepped foot in The Linc for the first time in years.
As for the rookies, the draft class had a pretty quiet night. However, one of the five guys put on an absolute show and now the anticipation for his preseason debut this Thursday is real. Second-round rookie running back, Miles Sanders missed all of the spring workouts. Therefore, his workload was quite limited at the beginning of training camp.
Now that Sanders is fully healthy again though, the Eagles are unleashing him. And so far, what he’s put on display to the local media, and now the fans is something special. There’s still a long way to go before Sanders wins over the top spot in the backfield — but so far he’s on the right path. And after his first showing at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, many are saying he had some ‘LeSean McCoy-like’ plays on Sunday.
Here’s the play that everybody is talking about. The Eagles were running a red-zone drill, and Sanders was the tailback. When he received the handoff, there wasn’t any room in the hole. Therefore, the rookie made the decision to bounce to the outside with a mean juke — flashing some LeSean McCoy-Esque moves there.
A look at some quotes:
"During red-zone 11-on-11 drills, rookie running back Miles Sanders showed some LeSean McCoy-like cutting ability. The rookie running back took a handoff from Wentz and bounced outside. While it looked like Sanders was tripped up by one of his linemen, the rookie kept his balance and raced five yards to the end zone. – Mike Kaye of NJ Advanced Media“The difference between Sanders and the other running backs on the roster has been crystal clear so far in training camp. The speed in which Sanders hits the hole, the explosion he has in the open field and his ability to turn nothing into something has been obvious to anyone watching him. The Eagles coaches have noticed as well, as Sanders has started to see more-and-more time with the first-team offense. On Sunday night Sanders got more first-team carries than Jordan Howard did, the first-time that has happened in training camp so far.”– Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94WIP“Miles Sanders flashed another sweet jump cut in the red zone, getting around the edge for a score. Later, on a run to the right, he patiently let his blocks develop, and then boom, he accelerated through the hole with impressive speed. And finally, a hole opened up on a play in the middle of the field and he exploded through it to the second level, then juked a safety for added yardage. He’s the best running back on the team. Period. And it isn’t close.”– Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice"