Sanders-OL relationship could thrive
Heading into the 2019 offseason, there may not have been a bigger need for the Eagles than adding talent in the backfield.
With an elite offensive line that outside of Jason Peters is still in the prime years of their career, the organization needed to take advantage by adding high-end talent at running back.
That desire for a do-it-all RB to complete one of the NFL's deepest offenses resulted in the Eagles selecting Penn State RB Miles Sanders in the 2nd round.
Sanders not only has the rushing and receiving ability to become a workhorse, but his strengths as a play-maker bodes well for a potentially dangerous relationship with the offensive line.
After selecting the former Penn State standout, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman hinted at the fact that Sanders has a lot of similar qualities to LeSean McCoy.
Specifically, his ability to make defenders miss in space is very McCoy-esque.
This ability to separate with footwork and impressive contact balance (47 forced missed tackles in 2018) could be an excellent compliment to the run-blocking style of the offensive line.
With lineman that have a rare combination of mobility and power, the Eagles like to use inside zone concepts with a pin and pull spin to it.
Zone running gives someone like Sanders who has strong change of direction skills and good vision optionality with where he wants to go down the field.
This style also allows the likes of Jason Kelce to get to the second level and take on linebackers rather than double a interior lineman with his right or left guard.
Seeing Kelce, Jason Peters, and Lane Johnson blocking 20 and even 30 yards down the field isn't foreign for anyone watching Philadelphia.
Having multiple offensive lineman taking on blocks down the field provides running backs the ability to get chunk yardage even without the ability to consistently make defenders miss.
Sanders has that elusiveness in his repertoire. In this Eagles offense that has such strong run-blocking, there will be many opportunities for the rookie to turn big plays created by the OL even bigger by making just a few miss down the field.
It could be a the perfect fit.
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