Philadelphia Eagles: Explanation for MJD’s erroneous Miles Sanders take
Welcome to that stretch of the NFL offseason where so many writers and members of the media start running out of things to talk about. At the time of this story being written and published, our great country celebrates its birthday, and while some are preparing for barbecues, all of those social media avenues like Philadelphia Eagles Twitter are busy doing what they do whether there’s a holiday or not.
Their minds are on roster battles, what to expect in training camp, and of course, anything that’s been said about these Philadelphia Eagles. Depending on who the subject is, Eagles Nation can reign fire and brimstone down on anyone who seems to attack one of their own or they can join the tirade and add to the drama. Why else do you think players on this team are always talking about the passion of this city and/or how the City of Brotherly Love can be a tough place to play?
Miles Sanders is one of those guys you don’t want to criticize unfairly if you don’t want to feel those Birds fans throwing the flames at you. We’ve heard guys like Miles Sanders discuss that before, but for whatever reason, recently his name has been coming up a lot. Let’s dig into one of the more popular and well-mentioned takes that have come up as of late.
MJD isn’t riding the Philadelphia Eagles star RB’s train apparently.
Perhaps the most well-known of the recent Miles Sanders narratives involves NFL Network’s Maurice Jones-Drew ranking him as the 27th-best starting running back out of the 32 available mentions.
Here’s some of what MJD said:
"Sanders has shown flashes of being a really good player in both the run and pass games over his first two seasons. He was more productive as a runner in 2020, averaging 5.3 yards per carry but wasn’t the pass-catching threat he was in his rookie season. Sanders must show up and have a Saquon Barkley-esque impact on the offense to help alleviate pressure from second-year QB Jalen Hurts. I’m looking for more consistency here."
Explaining a bad take: Obviously, the Saquon Barkley comparisons have gotten old and tired. As far as everything else is concerned, look at it this way. Football is subjective. Guys get paid to talk about it, and every statement will produce debate.
Still, hot takes by guys that are paid for their opinion aren’t always accurate. MJD’s theory proves that. He’s either up to his neck in analysis and could have benefited from reaching out to someone local for some input, especially input that doesn’t mention Saquon Barkley, or he didn’t take the time to review all of the facts.
It’s okay, and there’s no love loss. That’s what happens when a national voice isn’t getting enough time to look at all of the film on someone because he has 31 other teams or in this case, 31 other running backs to watch. Expect to see more fireworks from the Philadelphia Eagles star tailback in 2021.