3 Thoughts on realistic expectations for Eagles RB Miles Sanders in Year 2
The backfield belongs to “26” now, but let’s dig a little deeper.
As great as Sanders’ first season was, the “Birds” are expecting even more of him in 2020 with the departure of Jordan Howard. 1,600 yards from scrimmage may sound like a lot, but it isn’t. Here are three reasons “26” will get it done.
1. More starts and more opportunities will equal more stats.
With Sanders taking over the top spot on the depth chart, he’ll be the starter in all 16 games in 2020 as opposed to his rookie season where he started only 11 of the 16 games he appeared in.
He only averaged a little over 11 carries as a rookie, leading to some nice numbers, but that will, no doubt, change in the coming campaign. Expect those 11 carries to increase to a minimum of 15 carries a game and maybe two or three receptions out of the backfield.
More touches will mean more success, especially when you factor in Philly’s attempts to add more playmakers to an offense that wasn’t one of Doug Pederson’s finest. With help, steady production will continue for Sanders in the coming campaign.