Sanders rushed three times for six yards but secured all three targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 38-20 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Sanders was the surprise receiving yardage leader on the day for the Eagles, with a game-long 45-yard reception and a 32-yard touchdown grab serving as the highlights of his afternoon. The rookie has seen fewer opportunities on the ground than backfield mate Jordan Howard, but he clearly carries more big-play potential overall. Whether that will translate to more rushing touches in a Week 7 divisional battle against the Cowboys remains to be seen, but Sanders has now broken the ice in terms of touchdowns, as Sunday's trip to the end zone was his first as a pro.
Though Sanders has received fewer touches than Jordan Howard in recent weeks, coach Doug Pederson suggested the Eagles will continue to ride the hot hand of the two from game to game, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Pederson admitted in his Monday press conference that Howard had seized the lead role on the ground for now, but the coach is still leaving the door open for Sanders to find more work if he can capitalize on the opportunities he receives. While the rookie hasn't proven himself capable of handling three-down work just yet, he remains a worthy hold outside of shallow fantasy leagues due to his assured role in the passing game and the chance he ascends to a full-time gig via performance or an injury to Howard.
Sanders rushed nine times for 15 yards and caught four of five targets for 49 more yards in Sunday's 31-6 win over the Jets.
Sanders worked in a timeshare with Jordan Howard, who gained 62 yards on 13 carries. Howard was the guy who got the call from one yard out in the first quarter and converted a touchdown. Sanders is still searching for his first career touchdown while Howard has scored five in the last three weeks, relegating the rookie to the clear No. 2 role in Philadelphia's backfield from a fantasy standpoint.
Sanders rushed 11 times for 72 yards and returned two kickoffs for 77 yards in the Eagles' 34-27 win over the Packers on Thursday.
The highlight of Sanders' night was a game-long 30-yard run early in the third quarter, but he was efficient on his other 10 carries as well by generating a respectable 42 yards on those totes. Sanders also showed well while moonlighting as the Eagles' sole kick returner, and although backfield mate Jordan Howard stole the headlines with three total touchdowns, Sanders' second consecutive strong effort on the ground after a sluggish first two weeks was highly encouraging for the rookie's fantasy managers. Moreover, although he surprisingly wasn't targeted in the passing game, that seems like a clear outlier after Sanders logged 10 looks over the first three contests. The Penn State product will look to build on Thursday's effort in a Week 5 interconference showdown against the Jets a week from Sunday.
Sanders rushed 13 times for 53 yards and brought in two of four targets for 73 yards in the Eagles' 27-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday. He also committed two fumbles, losing one.
Sanders showed off his big-play ability with a 40-yard catch in the first quarter and also enjoyed a solid day on the ground. The rookie's receiving yardage actually paced the short-handed Eagles pass-catching corps on the afternoon and served as his highest over the first three games of his pro career. Naturally, the fumbles are a concern for Sanders, and the fact Jordan Howard vultured a red-zone opportunity isn't ideal for fantasy purposes, either. Sanders won't have to wait long to atone for his pair of miscues, as the Eagles will face off with the Packers on Thursday night in a Week 4 showdown.
Coach Doug Pederson expressed confidence in Sanders on Monday, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
Sanders led all Eagles running backs in offensive snaps Sunday in Atlanta with 35, which was followed by Darren Sproles' 28 and Jordan Howard's 18. Meanwhile, Corey Clement was contained to just 10 plays on special teams. Sanders wasn't exactly efficiently with his reps -- 10 carries for 28 yards and three receptions (on four targets) for nine yards -- but Sproles and Howard were even less so. With the vote of confidence from Pederson, Sanders should continue to lead the backfield in Week 3 against a Lions defense that has conceded 5.2 YPC so far this season.
Sanders carried 11 times for 25 yards and caught one of two targets for an additional two yards during Sunday's 32-27 win over the Redskins.
Sanders unexpectedly led the backfield in carries, with Jordan Howard and Darren Sproles receiving six and nine, respectively. Unfortunately, he did little on the ground outside of a 19-yard gain and wasn't quite as involved as a receiver as either of his two aforementioned teammates. While Sanders received plenty of work in his first NFL game, the Eagles appear to be deploying a true committee approach in the backfield at the moment. They should continue to go with the hot hand in next Sunday's road matchup against the Falcons.
Sanders won't start Sunday's game against the Redskins, with the Eagles expected to go with veteran running back Jordan Howard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Coach Doug Pederson is notorious for using all the running backs at his disposal, but he also confirmed earlier in the week that Sanders will have a role in his first NFL action. Aside from Howard and Sanders, the Eagles also have Darren Sproles and Corey Clement on the 53-man roster, meaning if one is inactive Sanders would have an easier path to touches.
Coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wednesday that Sanders will have a role in Philadelphia's offense right away in Week 1 against the Redskins, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Sanders enters the season as part of a crowded backfield that includes more experienced options in Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles and Corey Clement, all of whom bring unique skill sets to the table. The division of labor among all the backs is difficult to predict at this point, but it's reassuring for Sanders' investors to some degree that he won't be buried on the depth chart, even if he doesn't draw the Week 1 start. The rookie second-round pick could gradually claim a larger snap share if he makes the most of his initial opportunities.
Sanders and Jordan Howard didn't play in Thursday's preseason loss to Baltimore.
Sanders got the start the previous week against Jacksonville, taking five carries for 31 yards while sharing first-team snaps with Howard. The Eagles used their third preseason game to take a look at Corey Clement, who is working his way back from a knee injury and now appears on track for a roster spot. It isn't quite clear how coach Doug Pederson will divide backfield snaps, but there's no doubt Sanders is a part of the plan -- possibly even the main part.
Sanders carried five times for 31 yards in the Eagles' 24-10 preseason win over the Jaguars on Thursday.
Sanders was exponentially more efficient than during his preseason debut against the Titans last Thursday, with his game-long 16-yard run serving as the highlight of his evening. The rookie has a modest eight carries through the first pair of preseason games, but he's likely to see a bump in workload during next week's contest versus the Ravens.
Sanders carried the ball three times for three yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Titans.
The Eagles deployed a true backfield committee in their preseason opener, with five different RBs getting either three or four carries, but Sanders may have been the least impressive of the bunch. The rookie still has plenty of upside given his athleticism and the investment the team made in him as a second-round pick, but Sanders will need to show more than this if he wants to overtake Jordan Howard at the top of the depth chart.
Sanders could be the Eagles' No. 1 back soon if he is not already, Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice reports.
Both Sanders and his primary competition, Jordan Howard, have issues in the passing game, but the rookie has been good enough in that regard while simply making the most plays. There is a growing media consensus that Sanders is the more talented of the pair, and while the Eagles will employ a committee, the Penn State product could head into the season handling the bulk of the work, especially on early downs.
Sanders (foot) participated in practice Saturday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Sanders was dinged up in Thursday's practice but was evidently able to make a full recovery, as he was spotted working on his pass blocking as well as running routes. Sanders is locked in a heated battle for playing time along with Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles and Corey Clement, so any missed time would have hardly been ideal. The Eagles are expected to employ a backfield by committee with Sanders likely to see time on the field in lieu of two-down stalwart Howard.
Sanders, who injured his foot during Thursday's practice, is slated to undergo some tests, but Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that the running back "seems fine."
Supporting that notion is that Sanders was spotted doing post-practice work Thursday, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports. It's still possible that Sanders could be limited or sidelined the next time the Eagles practice, but at first glance, the running back appears to have avoided a major injury.
Sanders headed to the medical tent to be evaluated after sustaining a possible foot injury during Thursday's practice, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.
The Eagles' backfield situation is pretty crowded at this stage, but the 2019 second-rounder is a lock to claim a role to start the season, if healthy. With Darren Sproles set to work in a pass-catching role, Sanders' prime competition for early down work is Jordan Howard. Corey Clement, Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey currently round out the team's running back depth chart.
Sanders has shown playmaking ability and versatility since rejoining his teammates in practice, Mike Kay of NJ.com reports.
The Eagles are integrating him more and more into the offense as the rookie completes his recovery from a hamstring injury that sidelined him in the spring. Sanders has shown off his power and speed with some impressive plays so far in practice. Perhaps more importantly, he has also been catching the ball well, which would help him solidify his role in the offense if it continues. While the Eagles have long preferred the committee approach with their backfield, Sanders is showing three-down ability early but still has to compete for carries with Jordan Howard, who is also receiving good reports this preseason.
Sanders said Saturday that the Eagles are steadily increasing his activity in practice, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Sanders missed the majority of Philadelphia's offseason program due to a hamstring injury, including OTAs and mandatory minicamp, so it's understandable that the Eagles are taking a cautious approach to his health. The rookie second-round pick says he feels 100 percent healthy, but it remains to be seen how the Eagles' crowded running back room -- which houses Sanders, Jordan Howard and Darren Sproles in addition to Corey Clement (knee), Josh Adams (shoulder), Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey -- will play out.
Sanders (hamstring) is healthy for the start of training camp, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Sanders was held out for most of the offseason program, including OTAs in May and mandatory minicamp in June. He still has time to earn a role in the crowded Philadelphia backfield, but things got a bit trickier last week when Darren Sproles re-signed with the team. Sanders, Sproles and Jordan Howard all figure to stick on the 53-man roster, leaving Corey Clement (knee), Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams (shoulder), Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey to battle for one or two jobs.
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.
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