RB Miles Sanders - Philadelphia Eagles

5-11, 215Born: 5-1-1997College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 53 (2019)

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Summary

Miles Sanders is used to biding his time. He sat behind Saquon Barkley at Penn State for two seasons before breaking out with 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. Sanders (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) was the second running back drafted this year (behind Josh Jacobs) and has the talent to overtake Jordan Howard this year if he can master blitz pickups and the Eagles' complex playbook. Sanders is a patient runner and manages to avoid unnecessary hits thanks to fluid hips and sound footwork. He's an able receiver and can stay on the field for three downs. The only red flag was a relatively high fumble rate for the Nittany Lions, but nothing in his technique points to an uncorrectable problem. It's hard to imagine Doug Pederson committing to a workhorse considering no tailback has had more than 173 carries in a season yet, but keep in mind GM Howie Roseman said the team has been looking for a running back like Sanders for "a few years." Expect Sanders to split time with Howard, but be mindful of considerably higher upside under perfect circumstances. (May 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 44, 37, 38, 39, 41, 41, 41, 44, 49, 52, 53, 55
RB Redraft PPR - 39, 24, 29, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 40, 40, 47, 50, 51, 54, 55, 59
Overall Redraft PPR - 92, 55
RB Dynasty - 22, 20, 20, 25, 26, 26
Overall Dynasty - 54, 43, 52, 60, 65
Overall Rookie - 4, 2, 3, 3, 4, 7, 9

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 135.0 * * 21.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 15.0 90.0 * * 15.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 150.0 * * 20.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 78.0 * * 24.1 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 87
RB: 34
Overall-PPR: 79
RB-PPR: 32

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Latest News

Eagles | Miles Sanders not a lock for big role (Thu Jul 18, 10:42 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders has 'absolutely nothing guaranteed' in terms of his role in the offense, according to Dave Spadaro PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

Our View: Sanders is a talented rookie but he's got to stay healthy and earn a spot in the rotation as a change-of-pace back behind starter Jordan Howard. With the Eagles adding veteran Darren Sproles on Friday, Sanders competition for snaps/touches just got tougher. Corey Clement will be in the mix for the spot Sanders and Sproles are competing for too.
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Eagles | Miles Sanders expects shared workload (Tue Jul 9, 10:28 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders expects plenty of competition at his position in training camp and for the ball to 'spread out a lot' between Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and himself, according to comments he made during an interview Tuesday, July 9, on the NFL Network.'It's definitely going to be competitive. That's what I like about rooms like this. It was like this at Penn State. It was a very talented running back room. But I'm just used to that stuff - competing and making each other better. Nobody's really going to be the star running back, I think. I think the ball's going to be spread out a lot, and that's what I kind of like, too,' Sanders said.

Our View: The rookie is on the right track here. Sanders should be the satellite back behind starter (and classic power back) Jordan Howard. The rest of the players like Clement and Smallwood in the backfield could get into the reserve mix as well. Sanders has missed time this offseason recovering from a hamstring injury. We'll see if he can impress in training camp.
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2019 Schedule

1vs Washington Redskins
2@ Atlanta Falcons
3vs Detroit Lions
4@ Green Bay Packers
5vs New York Jets
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7@ Dallas Cowboys
8@ Buffalo Bills
9vs Chicago Bears
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11vs New England Patriots
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Giants
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs Dallas Cowboys
17@ New York Giants