As expected with any Doug Pederson led offense, the Eagles came into the 2019 season with a running back by committee. Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles and Miles Sanders were all featured backs and were expected to split snaps from a game to game basis.
After Sproles went down to injury week 1, it was essentially just Howard and Sanders in the Eagles backfield.
Although Sanders was used quite often in the early going, he began to lose carries due to Howard’s emergence and a bit of a rookie wall. There was a 4 game span from weeks 5-8, where Sanders failed to get 10 carries in a game.
Just like Sproles though, Howard also went down to injury later in the season which allowed Sanders to really emerge as a lead back.
444 rushing yards
4.8 Yards Per Carry
196 receiving yards
4 total touchdowns
This late season run he went on brought his name into the Rookie of the Year race, a top of fantasy football rankings and most importantly, helped Philadelphia sneak their way into the postseason.
As things stand today, Howard is now with the Miami Dolphins and Sproles transitioned into a coaching position for the team. Although Boston Scott, who also turned some heads late in the season is still with the team, Sanders looks to be far and away the RB1.
So will it remain that way?
Report: Eagles interested in signing Carlos Hyde https://t.co/P9PazsRpjo
— Bleeding Green Nation (@BleedingGreen) May 11, 2020
Philadelphia has been linked to multiple free agent RBs for the past few weeks after failing to take one in the draft. Carlos Hyde, Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy have been the most notable names mentioned.
It’ll be telling if the Eagles go forward and sign one of these players. It’s a move that will likely mean another year of running back by committee. If they stand pat though, Miles Sanders could be in for a really big breakout season during his sophomore campaign.
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