Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Miles Sanders
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The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a fairly mild Super Bowl hangover in 2018, capturing a playoff win in Chicago thanks to a double doink before ultimately losing to New Orleans in the divisional round. Still, the offense underwhelmed as a whole and failed to consistently create big plays through the air and on the ground.
Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ front office have taken plenty of steps toward fixing the holes in last season’s roster.
Field-stretcher? Hello DeSean Jackson.
Better interior line play? Here’s $30 million over three years, Malik Jackson.
Consistent three-down running back? Meet Miles Sanders.
Let’s breakdown what to expect from Sanders in 2019.
Miles Sanders Has an Explosive Three-Down Skill-Set
There’s a lot to like about Sanders as a prospect in terms of production and athleticism. Together, these traits helped make the former Penn State Nittany Lion one of college football’s toughest running backs to get to the ground in 2018.
Miles Sanders’ Ranks Among Draft Eligible RBs (per Pro Football Focus)
- Forced missed tackles: 47 (tied eighth)
- Yards after contact: 845 (seventh)
- 10-plus yard runs: 38 (tied fifth)
- Yards after contact per rush: 3.8 (13th)
Put simply: The man is difficult to tackle.
Sanders had only 64 total touches as a freshman and sophomore while serving as the backup for some guy named Saquon Barkley. The former five-star recruit went on to post 220-1,274-9 rushing and 24-139-0 receiving lines in 2018 during his first and only collegiate season as a full-time starter.
One concern for Sanders remains holding onto the football: He fumbled five times in 2018 and 10 times in 38 career college games. We also don’t have mountains of evidence of Sanders thriving as a receiver and pass blocker.
Still, more than half of the battle in fantasy football is simply figuring out who is going to get the ball the most.