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Is Miles Sanders a Franchise Running Back for the Eagles?

Is Miles Sanders a Franchise Running Back for the Eagles?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back LeSean McCoy had some compliments for Eagles’ running back Miles Sanders per NBC Sports. McCoy thinks that Sanders could be the next franchise running back for the Eagles. McCoy stated that Sander is “a lot faster than I was” and also said that he thinks Sanders’ top speed is faster than his when he first got in the league.

This is a great sign for any young running back trying to make it in the NFL. Getting support from a veteran running back like McCoy is one of the best compliments Sanders can get. This article will take a look if Miles Sanders can be a franchise running back for the Eagles.

Miles Sanders

 Is Miles Sanders a Franchise Running Back for the Eagles?


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Former Penn State star Sanders is going into his third year in the NFL. Sanders has already shown that he can be a promising running back for years to come. He has compiled over 800 yards in each of his two seasons in the NFL. Sanders also improved his touchdown total from three in 2019 to six in 2020. His average yards per carry has also improved in short time in the NFL. In his rookie year he had 4.6 yards per carry and he improved that statistic to 5.3 in 2020. As one can see, Miles Sanders has only improved during his first couple seasons in the NFL. Not only is he improving, but Sanders also has speed that can provide quick touchdowns if the opposing defenses gives him room. His longest run in the 2020 season is 82 yards, which is a nice stat if you’re an Eagles fan.

Is Sanders a franchise running back material?

Sanders could very well be a franchise running back in the NFL. His greatest quality is speed right now. He has shown the ability to produce long runs and provide the Eagles offense with quick strike ability to get down field. He is not the biggest running back in the NFL at 5-foot-11 and weighing 211 pounds. Sanders doesn’t need to be big, though, as long as he stays elusive and the defenses have trouble getting to him. Another great thing about Sanders is he has not had a history of turning the ball over either. He only had two fumbles in his rookie year and four in the 2020 season. This also means that he is reliable with the ball and the Eagles don’t have to worry about turnovers with him.

How can Sanders’ game improve to be elite

There are some things that Sanders can improve on to take his game to a franchise running back level. The first thing he needs to improve on is getting into the end zone more. He he only had six touchdowns in the 2020 season. For sanders to be that elite running back, he needs to find more ways to get in the end zone. Sanders also needs to bring his receiving game back into play. He had over 500 yards receiving in his rookie year, but declined in 2020 to only 197 receiving yards. If he can find ways to catch the ball more in the upcoming 2021 season, then he will be a huge threat for the Eagles offense. Look for Sanders to be a thousand yard rusher in the upcoming 2021 season and improve on his touchdown total. Sanders is capable of being the Eagles’ franchise running back in the future.

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