Player Outlook
Sanders is worth a pick as early as Round 5 as a borderline No. 2 running back with lots of upside. Last year he was one of the most unlucky backs in football, failing to reach the end zone on 163 touches. He should be the lead back in a committee with Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell. If Sanders can stay healthy, he has top-15 upside at the position. But he's missed nine games over the past two seasons and it's unclear what his role will be on passing downs or short yardage.

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2022
2021 754 5.50 1 26 158 907.5
2020 867 5.29 6 2 28 197 14111.8
3y Avg. 813 5.08 3 1 35 288 1 13310.2
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Active as receiver

    Sanders did not receive a carry but tallied two receptions on two targets for 20 yards in Friday's 24-21 preseason loss to the Jets. Philadelphia's offensive starters played only one series to begin the game. On that possession, the team did not take to the ground, explaining why Sanders only made the stat sheet as a receiver. His involvement as a pass catcher is encouraging, as he tallied 50 receptions in his rookie season, but Sanders managed only 26 receptions in 2021. Despite working with the second team early in training camp, Sanders should open the regular season as the top back in Philadelphia's rotation out of the backfield.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Starting role remains safe

    Sanders' role as the Eagles' top running back this season remains safe despite reports that he spent time with the second unit in practice Friday, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Sanders reportedly spent nearly all of his time in Friday's practice with the second-team offense, but head coach Nick Sirianni cautioned against reading anything into that, stating, "Miles is our guy." The Eagles rotate Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott throughout practice, but if Sanders' first-team reps were down Friday, that was merely a coincidence. Expect Sanders to be treated as the lead back heading into the year.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Sees second-team work

    Zach Berman of The Athletic relays that Sanders worked with the Eagles' second-team offense Friday. That said, Berman notes that he expects Sanders -- who he says "looks healthy and explosive" at practice -- to be the team's lead back this season, adding that "it's atypical to see Sanders with the second unit." On Friday though, it was Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott who ran with the first team. Subsequent practices will reveal whether Sanders moves back to logging top-unit reps in short order, but for now this is a situation to monitor.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Looking for more consistency

    As he heads into the final year of his rookie contract, Sanders -- who has played in 12 games in each of his last two seasons -- is striving for more consistency, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. With that in mind, the 2019 second-rounder noted that in order to achieve more consistency, he "need(s) opportunities." In his 12 games during the 2021 campaign, Sanders didn't score a TD, but he parlayed his 137 rushing attempts into an average of 5.5 yards per carry while chipping in 26 catches on 34 targets. This coming season, the Penn State product remains the Eagles' top backfield option, with returnees Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott and Jason Huntley in the mix for complementary work. In that context, staying healthy will be crucial with regard to Sanders achieving his goal of steadier touches in the Philadelphia offense in 2022, and as training camp approaches, the 25-year-old has no reported injury concerns.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Seven carries in return

    Sanders (hand) recorded seven carries for 16 yards in Sunday's 31-15 wild-card round loss to the Buccaneers. He added three receptions for 12 yards. Sanders accounted for seven of the team's nine rushing attempts by running backs in the game, though Jalen Hurts and game script lowered his overall volume. He was largely constrained by the Buccaneers' stout run defense, though he did tally one rush that went for a double-digit gain. Though Sanders managed his most efficient season on the ground in 2021, he will enter the final year of his rookie contract having failed to top 180 rushing attempts in any of his first three campaigns as a pro.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Cleared for Sunday return

    Sanders (hand) doesn't have an injury status for Sunday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers. Sanders was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday and a full participant Friday, after he spent the final two weeks of the regular season recovering from a broken hand. While the surgically repaired hand could affect the running back's receiving ability or even ball security, head coach Nick Sirianni said Friday that Sanders will have "no limitations" come Sunday, per Geoff Mosher of InsideTheBirds.com. The fourth-year back has competition for carries in the form of quarterback Jalen Hurts and fellow running backs Jordan Howard and Boston Scott, not to mention a challenging matchup against Tampa Bay's top-ranked run defense. Still, Sanders is the favorite to lead Philadelphia's rushing attack, which also ranks first in the league in total yardage.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Expects to play

    Sanders (hand) said Friday that he "absolutely" will play in Sunday's wild-card game against Tampa Bay, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports. Sanders fractured his hand in Week 16 and missed the final two games of the regular season after undergoing surgery. He now appears ready for the playoffs after limited participation in practices Wednesday and Thursday, with Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal noting that Sanders' media availability Friday is a strong hint that he'll be cleared for the postseason opener. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be removed from the injury report -- nor does it mean his hand is back at 100 percent -- but Sanders is at least on track to play Sunday. He draws a tough matchup against Tampa Bay's stout run defense, and the Eagles aren't likely to go out of their way to throw him passes while his hand might not be fully healed.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Remains limited in practice

    Sanders (hand) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice. Since fracturing his hand in the Eagles' Week 16 win over the Giants, Sanders has missed two straight games and hasn't put in a full practice. He's at least taken a step forward in terms of activity as the Eagles prepare for Sunday's wild-card game in Tampa Bay, as Sanders has now turned in consecutive limited practices to begin the week. Another limited showing wouldn't necessarily close the door on him playing Sunday, but he'll likely need to upgrade to full activity to avoid taking a designation into the weekend. If the Eagles decide Sanders' hand hasn't healed enough for him to play against the Buccaneers, the team would likely turn to a combination of Boston Scott and Jordan Howard to carry the load on the ground, while rookie Kenneth Gainwell serves as a change-of-pace option.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Limited in return to practice

    Sanders (hand) was a limited participant at Wednesday's walk-through practice. After suffering a broken hand Week 17 against the Giants, Sanders was unable to practice Tuesday through Thursday last week before he was ruled out ahead of Saturday's eventual loss to the Cowboys. The Eagles were also down Boston Scott and Jordan Howard in the regular-season finale due to both residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving the backfield snaps in the hands of Kenneth Gainwell and Jason Huntley. Both Scott and Howard cleared league protocols Monday, and now Sanders is setting himself for a potential return for Sunday's wild-card game at Tampa Bay. How Sanders fares in practice Thursday and Friday will determine whether he heads into the weekend with a designation.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Hopeful to face Buccaneers

    Coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that he's "hopeful" Sanders (hand) will be available for Sunday's wild-card contest against the Buccaneers, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Sanders is recovering from a broken hand suffered Week 17 against the Giants, and he was inactive for the Eagles' regular-season finale against the Cowboys. Philadelphia also should have a solid chance at getting both Boston Scott (illness) and Jordan Howard (illness) back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, which would give the offense a full complement of backfield options.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Not playing in Week 18

    Sanders (hand) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Cowboys. Such an outcome was expected due to the broken hand that Sanders sustained Week 17 against the Giants. Coach Nick Sirianni has expressed hope that Sanders will be healthy enough to play in the wild-card round of the postseason, according to Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger. Having said that, with Sanders sidelined and Boston Scott (illness) and Jordan Howard (illness) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, rookie fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell remains the only healthy running back on the Eagles' active roster.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Not at practice, as expected

    Sanders (hand) isn't practicing Wednesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Head coach Nick Sirianni already acknowledged that Sanders is unlikely to return for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Cowboys. Meanwhile, fellow Eagles backs Jordan Howard and Boston Scott were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, potentially leaving Kenneth Gainwell in a key role Week 18, though Howard and Scott still have time to clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol. Sanders, on the other hand, likely is targeting the playoffs for his return from a broken hand.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Misses practice, likely out Week 18

    Sanders (hand) didn't participate in Tuesday's walk-through practice. Sanders' listing on the Eagles' first Week 18 practice report comes as little surprise after head coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that he expects the running back to sit out Saturday's regular-season finale versus the Cowboys. The Eagles are tentatively leaving the door open for Sanders to suit up this weekend, but he'll need to practice in some fashion Wednesday or Thursday to make that a reality. With Sanders likely headed for a second straight absence, the Eagles could be woefully short-handed in the backfield Saturday. Boston Scott (illness) and Jordan Howard (illness) were both placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, leaving Kenneth Gainwell as the only healthy back on the roster at the moment.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Headed for Week 18 absence

    Head coach Nick Sirianni said Sanders (hand) isn't expected to play Saturday against the Cowboys, though the Eagles are hopeful the running back will be ready to go for the wild-card round of the playoffs, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. While they were without their top back Week 17, the Eagles were still able to punch their ticket to the postseason with a 20-16 win over Washington, plus some help from other teams. In place of Sanders, the Eagles turned to Boston Scott (14 carries for 47 yards and two touchdowns) as their lead option on the ground, though Jordan Howard (11 carries for 26 yards) saw a steady amount of involvement, too. With little at stake for the Eagles in Week 18, Sanders looks like he'll have another opportunity to let his fractured hand heal, but he should have a decent chance at being ready to go for the start of the postseason.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Out Week 17, should avoid IR

    Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed Sanders suffered a broken hand in Sunday's win over the Giants and will be sidelined Week 17 against Washington, but the running back is expected to avoid a stint on injured reserve, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports. The Philadelphia training staff likely will hold Sanders out of practices during the upcoming week and wait and see how his hand heals over the next several days before reassessing his condition ahead of the Jan. 9 regular-season finale against the Cowboys. If Sanders is cleared to return for Week 18 or during the first round of the postseason (should the Eagles secure a playoff spot), he may need to wear some form of protection on his fractured hand. Sirianni added that Jordan Howard (neck), who suffered a stinger Week 16, could be ready to go for the game in Washington, in which case he and Boston Scott likely would split most of the carries out of the Philadelphia backfield. Rookie Kenneth Gainwell remains on hand as a change-of-pace option.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Breaks bone in hand

    Sanders broke a bone in his hand Sunday and will need additional tests to see if he can play through the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Sanders was removed from Sunday's win over the Giants in the second quarter and later left the stadium with a soft cast around his broken hand. Jordan Howard (stinger) also made an early exit, leaving Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell as the Eagles' healthy running backs. Scott would be the best bet for carries if both Sanders and Howard are out Week 17 against Washington.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Will not return to Sunday's game

    Sanders (hand) will not return to Sunday's game against the Giants. He finished the contest with seven carries for 45 yards and one reception for three yards on his sole target. Sanders injured his hand in the first half of Sunday's contest, and that will wind up bringing an early end to his day. Jordan Howard is next in line at the running back position, and Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell could get involved as well.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Picks up hand injury

    Sanders injured his hand in Sunday's game against the Giants and is questionable to return, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports. Sanders was slowed by a quad injury this past week and an ankle issue the week before, and he has now added another injury to the list.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Clear for Week 16

    Sanders (quadriceps) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Giants. Sanders was held out of practice all week due to a quad concern, but clearly the absences were maintenance related, as the issue won't keep him from suiting up for Week 16 action. If he's set to take on his usual allotment of snaps, he could be in line for a significant workload again after earning 47 touches in the Eagles' last two contests, which could yield fruit versus a Giants defense that has conceded 153.6 yards from scrimmage per game to running backs this season.
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  • Eagles' Miles Sanders: Second straight 100-yard effort

    Sanders rushed 18 times for 131 yards and secured both his targets for 15 yards in the Eagles' 27-17 win over Washington on Tuesday night. Jalen Hurts and Dallas Goedert stole the show through the air -- and Hurts certainly made his own notable contributions with his legs as well -- but Sanders also stood out with his second straight 100-yard effort. While two games is a small sample, it's still a very timely late-season surge for Sanders, who's posted his two highest carry and yardage totals of the season in that pair of contests. The third-year back also showed no ill effects from the ankle injury he'd suffered Week 13 against the Jets, leaving him poised to enter another favorable divisional matchup in Week 16 against the Giants with plenty of momentum.
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