Is making Miles Sanders a workhorse a wise move for the Philadelphia Eagles?
Though every single one of us is nervous, you have to admit something if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan. It sure is nice to know that the guys are back at the NovaCare Complex, isn’t it? Summertime workouts and NFL training camps give us all a buzz that we don’t get from an MLB Spring Training or NBA Summer League play. Football is different, and knowing that football is upon us might be among some of the best news that many of us have had since March.
Things are a little different this time around. Due to COVID-19 concerns, rosters needed to be trimmed and guys had to be released early. Young prospects have a steeper learning curve than they ever have had. Press conferences even look different.
Camp rituals like having several reporters crowd around the players on the field or at the podium have been replaced by Zoom meetings. Hey, we’ll take them. Again, at least we’re talking about football in some capacity.
As the curtain drew on July, several Eagles assistant coaches met with the Philly media, including assistant head coach and running backs coach Duce Staley. A lot of good stuff came out of that talk, but here’s something that may turn a few heads.
It came when he stated, “I’m excited about (Miles Sanders) handling the full load”. Now, just hold on a second. We all love Sanders and acknowledge his talent, but is twenty touches a game and a “full workload” the best course of action in a 16-game season?
Miles Sanders stands at five-foot-eleven, and he tips the scales at 211 pounds. In other words, he’s about an inch shorter than Michael Vick and about ten pounds heavier. You all remember how “7” got beat up. The goal in 2019 is to keep Carson Wentz healthy, but goal number two in Philly’s offense needs to be “keep Sanders both healthy and fresh”. Here are three reasons why, if there was ever a need for a committee approach with the Philadelphia Eagles, this would be the year to employ one.