While you’re thinking about all of those gifts that Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders has, don’t forget about the fact that he can run.
For Miles Sanders, things couldn’t have gone a whole lot better than they did in Year 1. He set the franchise record for all-purpose yards and rushing yards by an Eagles rookie, and he did it while sharing time in the backfield early as Jordan Howard’s backup.
At the start of the season, Philly’s playcalling was rather predictable. When Howard was in the game, the “Birds” ran the ball more often than not. When Sanders was in the game, it was a pretty safe assumption that Philly was going to pass. If you need any reassurance that Philly’s star running back is a burner, look no further than the 4.5-second 40-yard dash that he turned in a little over a year ago or that 65-yard run he turned in during the third quarter at Buffalo.
On that one, he topped out at about 20 miles per hour.
Here’s something we can say about the Philadelphia Eagles at the second level of their defense. They may not put a ton of stock at the position, but they’ve got some playmakers. We know T.J. Edwards can ball. We know Nathan Gerry is no slouch, and if you’re unaware of this, trust us on something. Jatavis Brown is going to pay immediate dividends.
They’ve also got two burners, and they’re the rookies, the aforementioned Shaun Bradley and Davion Taylor from the Colorado Buffaloes. The latter turned in a 40 time of 4.49 seconds at the most recent scouting combine. Nothing’s wrong with your watch. There’s no need to adjust your televisions. He’s really that fast. Ladies and gents, linebackers aren’t supposed to be this quick.