The Philadelphia Eagles may not feed Miles Sanders the ball as often, but he’ll get plenty of opportunities.
During the most recent offseason, the Eagles looked to upgrade their wide receiver corps. In 2019, it was the running back position that was one of those skill groupings that was in dire need of a makeover.
2018 saw the ‘Birds’ go with their usual committee approach since they didn’t have a bell cow on their roster. The closest they had to one was Jay Ajayi, but after he suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 and missed the rest of the season, Josh Adams ended up carrying most of the load as he finished the season as Philly’s leading rusher with 120 carries, 511 yards, and three touchdowns.
Looking to get more production out of the position, the Eagles drafted Miles Sanders with the 53rd-overall pick in 2019. One calendar year later, he figures to be a fixture in this team’s plans on offense moving forward.
Sanders’ rushing total in 2019, 818 yards, makes him tops in franchise history for a rookie in that category. As far as how he stacked up versus his NFL peers, he was 21st in rushing, and his 4.6 yards-per-carry average meant that he was 16th in that department.
Sanders contributes mightily in the Eagles’ passing game as well. He hauled in 50 receptions for 509 yards in 2019, and if that wasn’t enough, he added another 314 yards on kick returns, giving him the Eagles franchise record for all-purpose yards by a rookie as well. Now, the Eagles just need to make sure they don’t overwork him, contrary to what running backs and assistant head coach Deuce Staley has to say.
The Eagles are actually better off decreasing Sanders’ load. The goal is to keep him fresh and healthy. Sure. he’ll get his carries. He’ll be featured in the passing game, but he may be targeted less with the addition of Jalen Reagor, a more mature Arcega-Whiteside, and a more experience Ward. Prediction: 30 receptions, 307 receiving yards, and three touchdowns