3. Expect Philly to invest into a workhorse that will keep “26” fresh all season.
If Sanders is going to tote the rock more than 11 times per game, he’ll need help. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson loves to run the ball between the tackles, as does Duce Staley. The thought of a five-foot-eleven Sanders getting hammered by defensive linemen and linebackers who are 265 pounds or heavier and six-foot-four or taller isn’t one that Eagles fans are going to be able to envision without cringing.
That’s where all of your Carlos Hyde rumors come from.
With Sanders, Corey Clement, Boston Scott, and Elijah Holyfield on the roster, Philly’s got a lot of guys who have the same skill set. No one’s saying Sanders can’t run between the tackles. We’ve seen him do it, but Carlos Hyde or someone in that mold would eliminate some of the pounding Sanders would take. That keeps him fresh all season.
That means we aren’t watching “26” hobble off as we saw in Week 17 of 2019’s regular-season finale.
More carries, adding talent, having teammates return from injury, and adding a workhorse should be the elixir that cures an Eagles offense that we all saw struggle in the 2019-2020 season. 1,600 yards from Sanders looks to be a very real possibility and right around the corner.