How Philadelphia Eagles will remain NFC East’s best rushing team

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Philadelphia Eagles need to keep Miles Sanders healthy.

Despite missing four games in 2020, Miles Sanders was the Eagles’ top rusher in the 2020 season with 867 rushing yards. Still, if the Eagles want to be the NFC East’s top dogs in the ground game again in the NFC East this year, Miles Sanders needs to play more than 12 games.

It isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Despite an early exit from the season finale in 2019, he played in all 16 games of his rookie season, and think about this. His 867 yards in 2020 catapulted him into the top 15 in that category. Boobie has all tools to be a 1,000-yard rusher but again, that’s contingent on him being healthy.

Just in case you’re curious, Boston Scott was second on the team in rushing yards with 374. Philly also brought back Jordan Howard, but that didn’t amount to much either. He missed six games in 2019, and he hasn’t looked the same since the injury he sustained that season.

Now, Philly isn’t asking Howard or Scott to be 1,000-yard rushers, but if they can stay healthy and put up at least 300 to 400 yards apiece, that would be nice. The Eagles running backs definitely have some tough competition in their division, but if they stay healthy, they should be able to hold off the competition.