What Are The Strengths Of Miles Sanders And Eagles Running Backs?
As the Eagles prepare for the start of the 2020 NFL season with their Week One matchup versus the Washington Football Team, they enter the season with a different look at the Running Back position. The position group led by second year Running Back Miles Sanders features three RBs with at least 20 Receptions in a season (Sanders - 50; Boston Scott - 24; Corey Clement - 22). Last season, Eagles Running Backs accounted for 20 Percent of the Offense's Receiving Yards while Miles Sanders finished third on the team in Receptions (50) and Receiving Yards (509). The Eagles under Doug Pederson are one of the best offenses in the NFL over the last few years in generating touches for the Running Back position.
Emory Hunt from The Athletic joined GameNight with Josh Hennig on Tuesday with perspective on Eagles Running Backs and how the team needs to lean on Miles Sanders this season:
"(The Eagles) do a good job of identifying traits and what they like, so they stockpile the position with a bunch of those type of guys: (Running Backs) who can catch the ball out of the backfield, can in some case be downfield threats in the Passing Game. For example, the guy they just picked up Jason Huntley, the rookie from New Mexico State is one that if he wanted to be a Slot Receiver he could be...that's how good of a route runner he is and how good he is at catching the football, he's also explosive so he's kind of like Miles Sanders in that regard in terms of the Passing Game. Miles Sanders is going to be the lead (Running Back) out the gate and you hope that Doug Pederson doesn't get enamored with trying to get everyone a touch - Sometimes you got to ride that lead dog and allow him to get into that Running Back's groove to where he's reading everything before hand, he's able to anticipate well, he's doing what he has to do at the second and third levels to rip off long runs. That is the guy they should have fed last year earlier in the season but now he has the chance since he is the starter to hit the ground running."
Check out what Hunt had to say about Jason Peters moving back to Left Tackle, perspective on Washington Football Team's Defense, Doug Pederson's offense, and look around the NFC East ahead of the start of the 2020 NFL season