Miles Sanders has the chance to be the lead running back for the Eagles this year, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 5 in most leagues. The Eagles selected Sanders in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft from Penn State, and he should prove to be the best running back in Philadelphia. His main competition will come from Jordan Howard, but the Eagles also have Josh Adams, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood on the roster. But Sanders enters the NFL with the most talent of this group, and he's worth drafting as a flex option with the chance to be a starting running back in all formats. At Penn State, Sanders replaced Saquon Barkley when he left for the NFL in 2018, and he rushed for 1,274 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns while adding 24 receptions for 139 yards. The Eagles don't have a good track record of featuring one running back under coach Doug Pederson -- LeGarrette Blount's 173 carries in 2017 are the most -- but Sanders could change that. He's someone to covet on Draft Day this year.
Head coach Doug Pederson expects Sanders (hamstring) to be ready for training camp, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports. Sanders has seemingly been sidelined since the start of OTAs, which in turn has meant missing many valuable opportunities to flash his quickness and 4.49 speed before the pads come on. While that may have ensured Jordan Howard of having a leg up on the competition for the lead role entering training camp, Sanders presumably has still been able to learn the playbook and shouldn't have a problem carving out a significant role before Week 1, should the rookie maintain his health.
Head coach Doug Pederson said Sanders (hamstring) will not practice this week, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. This announcement confirms that Sanders will miss spring workouts in their entirety after being drafted by the Eagles in the second round. Sanders has been tending to a strained hamstring, and his next opportunity to take the practice field will be when training camp starts up in late July.
Sanders has been held out of OTAs with a strained hamstring, but he could return to practice as soon as Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jordan Howard and Wendell Smallwood presumably have been getting the first-team backfield reps, as Corey Clement (knee) and Josh Adams (shoulder) also are recovering from injuries. It sounds like Sanders will be healthy long before the start of training camp, giving him plenty of time to compete for a Week 1 role on offense.
Sanders is yet to participate in OTAs due to an undisclosed injury, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Sanders was present last week but remained on the sideline, and now the rookie tailback is completely absent as the team kicks off the second week of voluntary practices. It's definitely a situation worth monitoring, as Sanders was drafted in the second round by the Eagles and has a chance to play a key role in the team's backfield this season.
The Eagles selected Sanders in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 53rd overall. Sanders had to wait behind Saquon Barkley for his chance to start at Penn State, but he was a hit in his lone starting season in 2018, running for 1,274 yards (5.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns while adding 24 receptions for 139 yards. Sanders is untested as a pass catcher and has ball security concerns, but he's an uncommonly springy athlete whose ability to anchor and change direction explosively gives him interesting upside in a mostly nondescript running back class. Sanders (5-foot-11, 211 pounds) demonstrated his plus athleticism with a 4.49-second 40, 124-inch broad jump, and 11.08 agility score. While he is a longshot to earn a featured role in Philadelphia as a rookie, Sanders is a candidate to evenly split snaps with Jordan Howard and Corey Clement in any given game.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/27||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|5||10/06||New York Jets||18||17.75|
|11||11/17||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|14||12/10||New York Giants||23||19.88|
|17||12/29||@New York Giants||23||19.88|