2 Reasons to be excited about Eagles RB Miles Sanders as 2022 rolls on

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Miles Sanders is seeing the field better as he matures as a tailback.

Something that Sanders had struggled with historically was his field vision, a trait that is a requirement for a running back in a zone running system. Part of the brilliance of the new coaching staff is recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of their players and designing their game plans to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.

Last season, Miles was in on zone running play calls 61.9% of the time. In 2020, the last season with Doug Pederson as the Eagles’ coach, Miles was asked to carry the ball on zone runs 69.6% of the time.

Though he’s improved substantially as a receiver from 2020 to 2021, from a 33.9 grade to a 49.6 grade respectively, per Pro Football Focus. He still has room to improve on a better roster and with a coaching staff that is more intentional about how he is being used, but we have enough film to evaluate the job he’s doing.

Be excited. The questions are about whether or not he can keep this up. If his body doesn’t let him down or fail him, there’s no reason to believe that he can’t.