We may be watching history in the making as Philadelphia Eagles fans.
Some of you probably figured this one out already. It isn’t often that we talk about some of the Eagles’ best all-purpose players of all time without bringing DeSean Jackson. It’s even less frequent that we talk about rookies when we discuss guys that we think are in his class.
When we talk about the Eagles all-time leading rusher, there’s only one person that can be mentioned, LeSean McCoy. His brilliance was seen early and often as he took the Eagles and the rest of the NFL by storm as a first-year pro when he set the franchise record for rushing yards by a rookie in 2009.
It’s a record that stood for ten seasons until Miles Sanders, a five-foot-eleven and 211-pound standout from the Penn State Nittany Lions, walked into the NovaCare Complex in 2019. Once his rookie season was over, he had broken not only Shady’s mark for rushing yards by a rookie but he also broke DeSean Jackson’s franchise record for all-purpose yards by a rookie, a mark no one could touch for 11 seasons.
In all, and despite splitting time with Jordan Howard early, Boston Scott later and despite missing most of Philly’s final regular-season game versus the New York Giants because of an injury, Sanders finished his rookie regular-season campaign with 818 rushing yards, 509 receiving yards, and 314 return yards.
The sky is the limit for ’26’, and despite giving ‘Birds’ fans a scare, Sanders has promised that he’s ready to go in 2020. The question now is what could he possibly do for an encore? We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we? The current batch of Eagles rookies has a lot to live up to.