Ranking Philadelphia Eagles 3 most important training camp battles

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Have the Philadelphia Eagles really figured out a plan after Miles Sanders?

Two years ago, the  Philadelphia Eagles walked into the 2019 season with a plan. Jordan Howard would get the bulk of the carries, and Miles Sanders, the rookie, would serve as a healthy complement, weaving his way in and out of the lineup at various points of the game to keep offenses off guard.

Somewhere in there, Week 9 of that season to be exact, Jordan Howard got hurt. We were told that he was “day-to-day”, but “day-to-day” went on for a month and a half as he sat out for the next six weeks with what we were told was a stinger.

What’s funny is Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard are both still on the Eagles roster, but a lot has happened since then. Sanders is the guy, and the Eagles have been struggling to find the thunder to his lightning.

Kenneth Gainwell was a steal for this team in the most recent NFL Draft, but this team has more questions than answers at the position. This team doesn’t really want to depend on Boston Scott, do they? Will Howard ever look like the Howard we once knew again? Why was Adrian Killins signed for two years and not one? Who’s the better option, Kerryon Johnson or Jason Huntley? Why on Earth did the Eagles sign Elijah Holyfield if they have no intention of letting the guy play?

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Philly has a ton of bodies at the position, and they’ll probably only take four tailbacks into the regular season. They just need to make sure they pick the right four. The argument can be made that, at the end of the day, this might be the most clouded roster battle that the Eagles have, but they have to figure it out. Otherwise, they’re going to wind up killing Sanders.