RB Miles Sanders - Philadelphia Eagles

5-11, 215Born: 5-1-1997College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 2019

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Recent Stats and Projections

16 vs DAL 59 20 79 1 6 5.0 77 0 0 21.6
17 at NYG 23 9 52 0 5 3.0 -1 0 0 5.1
18 vs SEA 49 14 69 0 5 3.0 8 0 0 7.7

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Miles Sanders's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 18 vs SEA (14 / 69 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)

Sanders logged more highlight runs this week in the playoff loss to Seattle. Sanders had tough sledding to begin the game, but by the late first quarter, chunk gains were a regular occurrence on the ground. Sanders showed quality burst and cuts for three big runs of note plus his best individual effort was a five-yard effort where a spin move in the backfield and a stiff arm to the edge turned a likely loss into a positive play. Sanders was uncharacteristically held in check as a receiver, however, with his most notable target coming on fourth down late in the game where Sanders dropped the ball with a throw by Josh McCown behind the rookie running back.

2019 Week 17 vs NYG (9 / 52 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / -1 / 0 rec)

Sanders was off to a solid start with two highlight runs in the first half, including a wow cut on one and speed up the middle on the other. However, a second quarter ankle injury derailed his game and he was stuffed in the passing game uncharacteristically. Boston Scott was impressive in relief as Sanders enters the NFL playoffs compromised at best from the ankle injury.

2019 Week 16 vs DAL (20 / 79 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)

Sanders surged past 150 total yards for a second straight week as the rookie continues to rise since Jordan Howard has missed time with injury. Sanders was dynamic with his cuts, regularly eluding the initial defender in space for additional yardage both as a runner as receiver. Sanders in the passing game has been a shot in the arm for an Eagles offense depleted with wide receiver injuries and Sanders added a wheel route for more than 25 yards this week. Sanders could have added an additional touchdown and 20 more yards on the ground to his tally if not for going down on a game-breaking run into the open field in the closing minutes to secure the home win. While firmly a committee and part-time player for the first half of the season, Sanders has still surpassed 1,200 total yards on the season as a high impact rookie.

2019 Week 15 vs WAS (19 / 122 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)

Sanders had a career (to-date) game against Washington as a two-way producer. Sanders had 172 total yards, excelling both as a rusher and receiver. Sanders' patience and smooth acceleration were on display as he beat three defenders on a flat reception on additional yardage and late in the game exploded on a third-and-long draw play for more than 50 yards to flip the field at a key moment. Sanders also hauled in an impressive touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone, barely staying in bounds as Carson Wentz extended the play. Sanders added a touchdown on the ground after getting to the goal line on a red zone run, with a too-easy jaunt to the perimeter.

2019 Week 14 vs NYG (15 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Sanders missed part of the second half with cramps against the Giants but had another clear 1A role with Jordan Howard out this week. Boston Scott was a factor in the committee, however, and siphoned a goal line touchdown and a number of targets as Scott was more of the hot hand down the stretch. Sanders was stuffed on his lone goal line attempt. He showed better than the box score on the ground, showing a combination of patience, after-contact prowess, and balance for his best runs. Sanders' highlights on the game-winning drive in overtime included a power run through contact on third down and a quick out reception for a chunk gain.

2019 Week 13 vs MIA (17 / 83 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 22 / 1 rec)

Sanders dominated the Eagles backfield as expected with Jordan Howard out against Miami. Jay Ajayi sparsely played and the rookie saw a by-far career high 22 touches as a result. Sanders' interior rushing attempts were the best combination of power, cutting, and vision of his young career, consistently churning through contact and showing speed to the edge when required. Sanders added a walk-in swing route touchdown as a receiver, getting lost in coverage by the Miami secondary. Sanders was stuffed on two other receptions to prevent an even bigger performance.

2019 Week 12 vs SEA (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Sanders logged a season-high 15 touches against Seattle with Jordan Howard inactive and Jay Ajayi the new secondary running back of note. Sanders was effective on the ground, especially in the second half, with three chunk runs and showing quality cuts. Sanders' game was littered with missed opportunities as a receiver, however, with Carson Wentz missing Sanders wildly on two occasions, one a potential red zone touchdown. Sanders also fumbled on a two-point conversion attempt to cap his tepid performance overall. The Dolphins offer a Week 13 matchup for Sanders to have his best game to-date.

2019 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

With Jordan Howard out of the lineup, Sanders drew the start against the Patriots and logged one of his least impressive games of the season with the stingy matchup. Sanders' best plays were solid cuts as a runner but for modest gains. Sanders added a third-down conversion through the air, but he was held in check as a receiver after five straight games of making impact plays. The schedule softens significantly in upcoming weeks for Sanders to bounce-back with better performances.

2019 Week 9 vs CHI (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Sanders saw a hearty 13 touches, second-most in a game this season, despite being in a secondary role to Jordan Howard. The Eagles ran the ball well throughout the game and Sanders produced consistent highlight moments. Sanders spun away from a defender on a chunk gain in the red zone, broke a tackle on a 19-yard screen gain, and beat a linebacker easily on a swing pass to pick up third-and-long in a critical fourth quarter moment. Sanders' ability in space and as a receiver was on display yet again this week.

2019 Week 8 vs BUF (3 / 74 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Jordan Howard was the clear preferred option on interior runs again against Buffalo this week in the windy conditions. Sanders, however, is the home run threat of the two, breaking on two huge plays, one for a touchdown. Sanders benefited from a Howard lead block through a small hole inside, showing his speed all the way for a 65-yard touchdown. Sanders also cut across the field on a screen pass for 25 yards through the air. Sanders has not received 10 touches or more since Week 5 and yet had another quality performance this week. Sanders exited in the second half with a shoulder injury but is not expected to miss significant time by early reports of the Bears matchup in Week 9.

2019 Week 7 vs DAL (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

The trend of seeing more Jordan Howard on interior runs and Sanders in an ancillary space role continued against Dallas. Sanders has seen only nine rushing attempts over the past two games after at least nine in every game over the opening five weeks of the season. Sanders' big plays in the passing game dwindled against Dallas. Sanders' big run came on a give up third-and-long in the first minute of the first half to burn clock for eight yards. Sanders also hesitated on a kickoff return and was ultimately stuffed at the 13-yard-line to set back the offense. The Bills offer a stiff Week 8 test for Sanders to get back on track.

2019 Week 6 vs MIN (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 86 / 1 rec)

Sanders saw a mere six touches against the Vikings and ceding much of the interior rushing work to Jordan Howard. Sanders was a dynamo as a receiver, however, converting all three of his targets, including two wow plays. The first was winning easily on a wheel route down to the goal line for more than 40 yards. Secondly, Sanders came wide open down the seam for a chunk touchdown. After a slow start to the season as a receiver, which parallels when Darren Sproles was active in the opening weeks, Sanders has 12 targets over the past four games for a robust 9-208-1 stat line.

2019 Week 5 vs NYJ (9 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Sanders and Jordan Howard both collected 13 touches as they continue a firm running back by committee approach. Sanders got the start and showed much better as a receiver than an interior runner, an area which Howard has exceled through the opening five games this season. When in space, however, Sanders is at his best, posted an impressive wheel route reception for more than 35 yards and a stiff arm on another highlight catch. Sanders did drop a red zone target and, notably, was the two-minute drill back for the offense. Darren Sproles sustained a leg injury and is week-to-week, which only enhances Sanders' already thriving passing game role within the offense.

2019 Week 4 vs GB (11 / 72 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sanders was a secondary headliner of the Eagles backfield compared to Jordan Howard against the Eagles. However, Sanders ignited the Eagles from a 10-point early deficit with a long kickoff return into Packers territory. Sanders exhibited strong cuts on numerous occasions with smooth acceleration and the ability to throttle down when needed. Sanders exploited a huge hole for 30 yards on his biggest run of the game and greatly benefitted, as did Jordan Howard, from a dominant performance by the Eagles offensive line. With Darren Sproles barely seeing the field, it was a firm committee between Sanders and Howard against the Packers.

2019 Week 3 vs DET (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 73 / 0 rec)

Sanders drew the start against Detroit but remained firmly in a three-headed running back committee in terms of snaps. Sanders exhibited nice cuts on multiple runs plus a chunk reception in the passing game. However, his performance was marred by two fumbles (one lost) as ball security has been in issue for the rookie even in a small three-game sample to begin the season. On the promising side, the Eagles stuck with the run game for 26 running back carries in a game they consistently trailed.

2019 Week 2 vs ATL (10 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Sanders' touch total was similar to his Week 1 debut, but the intent of the Eagles to have Sanders moving towards clear lead back status was different in the Week 2 loss in Atlanta. Sanders saw time as the hurry-up back late in the first half and showed nice cuts on a third-and-short conversion. It has been tough sledding for the rookie through two games, partly due to offensive line play and partly due to Sanders' vision not optimizing lanes when available. Sanders has shown clear upside with an evolving at his best with Jordan Howard ideally as a power-centric closer role and Darren Sproles sprinkled in for ancillary snaps.

2019 Week 1 vs WAS (11 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Sanders' debut resulted in leading the Eagles running backs in snaps but failed to provide much impact against Washington. Sanders was regularly stuffed near the line of scrimmage and was stuffed twice on point blank goal line attempts. Sanders also fumbled in the game and dropped a screen pass, one of only two targets for the rookie. Sanders' highlight play, multiple cuts on his way to a touchdown, was called back by penalty, halting a potentially solid stat line. The most positive aspect of Sanders' game was leading the running back committee in snaps and his 12 touches being clearly ahead of Jordan Howard. The Eagles head to Atlanta in Week 2, a defense who struggled to contain Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison in Week 1.


Latest News

Eagles | No surgery for Miles Sanders (Mon Jan 6, 12:29 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) was spotted wearing a brace on his left knee and on crutches following the team's NFC Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but he insisted he will not require offseason surgery.

Our View: Good news for the young back here. The Eagles found a quality starter when they picked up Sanders as a second-round pick out of Penn State in the 2019 NFL draft. He began the year as a reserve player but moved up the depth chart and into the starting role. He finished his rookie year with 818 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 50 catches, 509 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. Fantasy GMs can look at him as an RB2 with upside as the Eagles lead back for the 2020 season.
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Eagles | Philly ousted in Wild Card round (Sun Jan 5, 07:49 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Josh McCown completed 18-of-24 passes for 174 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in place of the injured QB Carson Wentz (head) in the NFC Wild Card Game against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Jan. 5. RB Miles Sanders (ankle) shook off an ankle injury to rack up a game-best 69 rushing yards on 14 attempts while adding three grabs for eight yards. RB Boston Scott ran for 25 yards on six attempts with 23 yards on three catches. TE Dallas Goedert had seven catches for 73 yards, while TE Zach Ertz had two catches for 44 yards on four targets. WR Greg Ward Jr. was the top receiver with three receptions for 24 yards.

Our View: Once Carson Wentz was bounced from the game with a concussion, the Eagles chances of winning dropped...although they were in it until the end. Wentz had made it through the regular season for a full 16 games for the first time in his career but was knocked from this game after about nine minutes. It's an unfortunate end for an Eagles team that had to fight through a ton of injuries on both sides of the ball just to make it to the postseason.
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