Gather around Philadelphia Eagles fans. It’s storytime. You’re probably going to like this one, and you’ll probably share it with family and friends of your own. It begins in a far-off land known as Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Once upon a time, a sixth-round draft choice, Tom Brady, walked up to New England Patriots Owner Rober Kraft, puffed his chest out, and told him that he was the best decision that franchise ever made.
You know what? He was right.
Many moons later, on April 26th of 2019 to be exact in a not-so-distant land known as Nashville, the Birds were on the clock with the 53rd-overall selection. They too had a decision to make, and they made a good one. His name was Miles Sanders, a five-foot-eleven and 211-pound tailback from the Nittany Lions of Penn State.
Sanders never told Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie that he’s one of the best decisions that Philly made, but he’s clearly one of their best decisions of the past few drafts. If he continues on the pace that he’s on, he could be one of the great Eagles that we tell our children about.
What’s your favorite memory of 26 as a Philadelphia Eagles fan?
Since joining the Eagles, 26 has thrilled Birds fans over and over again with sure-handed catches in the back corner of the end zone versus Philly’s rivals from our nation’s capital. He’s electrified anyone who self-identifies as an Eagles fan with dazzling runs in Buffalo versus the Bills and at Lincoln Financial Field versus the New Orleans Saints.
Sanders’ first two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love have already led to a smorgasbord of highlights. The 2021 season will bring more. There’s no doubt about it.
The Philadelphia Eagles tailback gets some well-deserved shine.
It’s also nice to see that 26 is beginning to get the credit he deserves nationally as he’s recently been named to CBS Sports’ top 25 players under the age of 25 ranking. The man affectionately known to Eagles fans as ‘Boobie’ cracks the list at number 22.
Here’s what Cody Benjamin, the writer of this one, had to say on the subject:
"You can find running back production almost anywhere, and, yes, Sanders must stay healthy to warrant a longer-term role in Philly this year. But, he’s often been a home-run hitter when active. Look out for him working alongside Jalen Hurts in a new offense."
Sure, you can make the argument that he should have been higher, but our staff here at Inside The Iggles won’t rock the boat too hard over a top-25 nomination.
Here’s something for Philadelphia Eagles fans to get excited about.
The point is this. Sanders is phenomenal. Anything in his game that could be considered as a ‘weakness’ comes as a result of things that are beyond his control. He could be a little taller or stockier, but there’s nothing that he can do about that, right?
In 29 career games with 23 starts, Boobie has added 1,754 rushing yards on 357 carries, 714 receiving yards on 81 receptions, nine rushing touchdowns, and three receiving touchdowns to his professional resume if you include what he’s done in that playoff game that followed the 2019 season.
Ladies and gentlemen, if no one else will say it, ITI will. Miles Sanders is elite. There! Now, put that in your pipe and smoke it. No one cares if you disagree, but if you don’t, wait until you see what happens now that the Birds have Kenneth Gainwell joining him in the backfield. Better days are ahead for this Eagles offense.