After falling to the Dolphins in week 13, the Philadelphia Eagles have now dropped 3 straight and sit at a pitiful 6-7 record. With such a disappointing season, fans are calling for players to be cut and coaches to be fired. The future of this team seems shaky at best after just winning a Super Bowl two seasons ago.
One thing that could be said is that the Eagles may have something special in rookie RB Miles Sanders. The Penn State product who was taken in the 2nd round of this year’s draft, has been overlooked due to all of the losing and drama surrounding the team.
Sanders has quietly put together one hell of a rookie campaign though.
Rookie Season (12 games):
520 rushing yards – 4.5 Y/A
359 receiving yards – 32 receptions
Miles ranks among the top 30 RBs in rushing yards and 9th overall in receiving. This is quite impressive since he’s been splitting the load with Jordan Howard and company. If his usage in this offense matched fellow rookie Josh Jacob’s in Oakland, Sanders could be gearing up for a Pro Bowl.
Josh Jacobs – 218
Miles Sanders – 116
Since Week 3, Miles Sanders is 12th among all NFL running backs in scrimmage yards [82 per game] but 29th in touches [13.7 per game].
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) December 2, 2019
It’s tough to say if he’ll ever be a premiere back in Philadelphia as Doug Pederson doesn’t typically rely on just one guy. With his talent and production though, I believe he could be a quite good one if given the chance.
As the season winds to an end, there’s no reason why Sanders shouldn’t be an integral part of this offense.
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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