Miles Sanders: Eagles drafted me to be the lead back

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Miles Sanders led the Eagles in carries during his rookie season, but he spent much of the year sharing time with Jordan Howard in the lead running back role.

Sanders doesn’t have a clear partner at the top of the depth chart this year. Howard moved on to Miami as a free agent, which leaves Boston Scott and Corey Clement as the experienced backs behind Howard on the depth chart.

That will likely mean a jump from the 229 touches that Howard handled last year and Sanders said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s “absolutely” ready for that kind of increase.

“I believe that’s why they drafted me in the first place,” Sanders said. “It was really just a switch that turned. All of a sudden, I was a starting running back and I didn’t start at the beginning of the season. I just looked at the opportunity and attacked it.”

The Eagles could still add to the backfield before the start of the season, but it seems unlikely that anyone they pick up at this point will do more than improve the options behind Sanders.

10 responses to “Miles Sanders: Eagles drafted me to be the lead back

  1. So Howard’s touches are going to increase… in Miami?
    On a story about Sanders and the Eagles? I’m feeling woozy.

  2. stucats says:
    May 20, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Zeke is better


    That’s a given, but what’s your point? Sanders doesn’t cripple his team’s salary cap, get into idiotic situations off the field, and demand constant attention. So there are those differences as well.

  3. The sense of entitlement in that young cupcake. I can assure you that the visor wearing clown will field the best player for running back.

  4. What a princess. Nobody tell him how he’ll be missing touches to Jalen Hurts.

  5. jdphx says:
    May 20, 2020 at 8:43 am

    So Howard’s touches are going to increase… in Miami?
    On a story about Sanders and the Eagles? I’m feeling woozy.


    You’re definitely woozy considering you completely misunderstood what that sentence was saying.

    It’s saying that Miles Sanders, as the lead back for 2020, will likely have MORE than the 229 touches that Jordan Howard had as the lead back last year.

    Not that Howard’s touches are going to increase….

  6. Like this guy, showed good work ethic, and good hands while receiving, it would be a good trait to have if needed in the slot or more checkdowns, Wentz’s most reliable weapon last year

  7. I think it’s great he’s the lead back in Philly.

    I attended the Eagles/Seahawks game last season (Eagles got crushed, looked horrible), and I can say from watching in person… the best players on the field were Russel Wilson and Miles Sanders. Wilson is obviously great, but I was surprised to see just how much quicker Miles Sanders was than the other players.

    I’m not sure about his durability, but I think Sanders is poised to have a big year. He’s really good.

  8. Tell me how losing a game 17-9 is horrible and getting crushed? If I’m not mistaken that’s a 1 score game with the Eagles having an old out of retirement backup QB as their starter once Wentz went out of the game.

  9. Mikedj42…

    It was a brutal game. I don’t know what it looked like on TV, but in person it was clear the Eagles offense was anemic. Wentz, Ertz, and Kelce were the only two starters playing on offense.

    Wentz got sacked five times, the Eagles had five turnovers. The only reason it was 17-9 is because the Eagles’ defense showed up and played well. It would have been 17-3, but the dole Eagles’ touchdown was with less than two minutes left. 3/4 of the fans had left Lincoln Financial by that point.

    It was a horrible game for the Eagles.

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