If Miles Sanders receives another heavy workload against the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles rookie could be in for a career game during Week 14.
As a result of Jordan Howard continuing to deal with a shoulder injury that took place at the beginning of November, the Philadelphia Eagles have been relying on rookie Miles Sanders more than usual over the last couple of games.
While the former Penn State star deserves credit for putting up a fight against two top defenses in the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks a few weeks ago, Sanders did record career highs of 17 carries for 83 yards in Week 13 during the loss to the Miami Dolphins.
And if the rushing numbers weren’t already impressive enough, it should also be noted that Sanders hauled in all five catches thrown in his direction for 22 yards to go along with a touchdown.
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Watching Philadelphia allow this career day by Sanders go to complete waste by coming up short against Miami was frustrating for obvious reasons, but at least the rookie could find a way to set new career highs on Monday night when the Eagles take on the New York Giants.
With the Giants currently riding an eight-game losing streak with their last victory coming all the way back at the end of September, chances are this will turn into one of those games for the Eagles in which they hold a commanding lead by the start of the fourth quarter.
Most importantly, if Philadelphia does end up with a commanding lead as expected, Sanders could be in great position to see more carries than usual if the Eagles attempt to run out the clock in the second half.
Chances are, if Sanders were the top running back for Philadelphia offense, and didn’t split as many carries with Howard, the rookie most likely would already have the first 100-yard rushing game of his career by now.
Since it’s never too late for a young player like Sanders to enjoy finally reaching this accomplishment, here’s to hoping this ends up taking place in Week 14 to help put the Eagles in better position to take down the Giants.
Philadelphia never would have used a second-round pick on Sanders back in April if they didn’t truly believe he was capable of making an impact right away as a rookie, and while there have been plenty of great performances to date, Monday could be his best one yet.