|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 1|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 211 lb.|
|Born:||May 1, 1997|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 2 (53)|
Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley believes Sanders is ready for a large workload, Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94 WIP reports. "I don't think you have to be careful with [Sanders]," Staley said. He is one of those guys where it is hard to get a hit on him. If you got a guy that can make people miss and is kind of special like Miles, the injury percentage goes down."
Analysis: There's been discussion about the Eagles signing Devonta Freeman or another veteran running back, but it hasn't happened so far. The team appears ready to open camp with only Boston Scott, Corey Clement and a trio of undrafted young players behind Sanders in the backfield. The second-round pick held up to large workloads toward the end of his rookie season, averaging 15.7 carries for 71.7 yards and 4.2 catches for 34.2 yards (plus four TDS) over a six-game stretch that included four outings with snap share above 80 percent. Coach Doug Pederson has typically preferred committee backfields, but his current roster hints at a greater degree of dependence on one running back, namely Sanders.
Coach Doug Pederson said Sanders is ready to be the unquestioned leader of the Philadelphia backfield, NJ.com's Mike Kaye reports.
Analysis: Sanders capably filled that role late last season, averaging 15.7 carries for 71.7 yards and 4.2 catches for 34.2 yards over a six-game stretch Weeks 11-16. He then suffered an ankle sprain Week 17 and an MCL sprain in the playoff loss to Seattle, but there hasn't been any indication of either injury impacting his offseason routine. The current depth chart holds Boston Scott, Corey Clement and a trio of undrafted young players behind Sanders, albeit with the possibility of the Eagles eventually signing a veteran. The team reportedly reached out to Devonta Freeman, and LeSean McCoy has mentioned having interest in a reunion.
Sanders suffered an MCL sprain during Sunday's playoff loss to the Seahawks, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Sanders, who had been dealing with an ankle sprain leading up to the contest, was able to tough things out Sunday and won't need surgery to address his knee issue. With a full recovery expected, Sanders is in line to be ready to go once Philadelphia's OTAs commence. It remains to be seen who'll join him in the team's backfield next season (Sanders and Boston Scott are the only two backs under contract for 2020), but the 2019 second-rounder now appears entrenched as the Eagles' top running back.
Sanders was spotted with crutches and a brace on his left knee Monday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Analysis: Per the report, Sanders -- who toughed out 14 carries for 69 yards and caught three of his five targets for eight yards in Sunday's 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks -- won't require surgery to address his knee issue. With Jordan Howard, Corey Clement (shoulder) and Darren Sproles (hip) all set to become an unrestricted free agents this offseason, Sanders and Boston Scott are currently the only two backs the Eagles have under contract for 2020. That will obviously change, but either way, it seems safe to assume that Sanders -- a 2019 second-rounder -- is slated to head into next season as the team's lead back after carrying 179 times for 818 yards and three TDs and catching 50 passes for 509 yards and three receiving scores in 16 games as a rookie.
Sanders (ankle) rushed 14 times for 69 yards and brought in three of five targets for eight yards in the Eagles' 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Analysis: Sanders was in good form when he had the opportunity to touch the ball, with his longest run of the day going for 18 yards. However, the rookie couldn't make an impact in the passing game as he'd managed to over Weeks 15 and 16, a two-game span during which he compiled 11 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. Sanders wrapped up his rookie campaign 818 regular-season rushing yards and three touchdowns, along with 50 receptions for another 509 yards and three more scores. He'll look to make his case as a full-time lead back beginning with OTAs this spring.
Sanders (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks after practicing fully Friday.
Analysis: Sanders previously stated that he'd play this weekend and that's been confirmed by the Eagles' final injury report in advance of Sunday's wild-card tilt. Look for the 2019 second-rounder to lead his team's rushing attack versus Seattle as long as his ankle holds up, with Boston Scott and Jordan Howard in the mix to spell him and log complementary/change-of-pace touches.
Sanders (ankle) plans to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see if the Eagles officially list the running back as questionable for the team's playoff opener, or minus an injury designation, but Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia relays that at this stage Sanders feels good about where's he at in terms of "cutting and everything" after practicing Friday.
Coach Doug Pederson said Sanders (ankle) will participate at Friday's practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: The rookie running back sat out the first two practices of the week, but he'll retake the field Friday as previously reported. Sanders' level of participation at practice will likely determine whether he's able to avoid an injury designation, but he appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's playoff matchup with the Seahawks.
Sanders (ankle) was officially listed as a non-participant at practice Thursday.
Analysis: Back to-to-back missed sessions make what Sanders is able to do Friday pivotal with regard to his status for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks. Per Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, the running expects to practice Friday, and when asked if he thinks he can play this weekend, Sanders nodded and replied, "it's the playoffs, man." With that, he'll probably end up officially listed as questionable, but if he makes it through Friday without any setbacks, we'd expect Sanders to give it a go against Seattle.
Sanders (ankle) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see what he does (if anything) at practice Friday, but Zach Berman of The Athletic puts forth the notion that the Eagles are simply "being cautious" with Sanders and thinks that the running back will play Sunday against the Seahawks. It does, however, seem likely that he'll be officially listed as questionable for that contest.
Sanders (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Wednesday's session was a walk-through, so what (if anything) Sanders is able to do once the team takes the field Thursday will be more telling with regard to the running back's chances of suiting up for Sunday's playoff contest against the Seahawks. Per the Eagles' official site, the team is hopeful that Sanders will be able go this weekend, but if he ends up limited or even out Sunday, added backfield touches would be available for Jordan Howard and Boston Scott.
Sanders (ankle) isn't participating in Wednesday's walkthrough practice, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Sanders stood on the sideline observing while his teammates stretched before the practice. Coach Doug Pederson has been optimistic about Sanders returning for Sunday's playoff game against Seattle, but it remains to be seen how the running back's sprained ankle heals throughout the week. A return to practice Thursday or Friday could put the rookie on track for a game-time decision.
Sanders underwent an MRI this week that revealed a low-grade ankle sprain, leaving coach Doug Pederson optimistic that the rookie is "going to be OK" for Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Seahawks, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: According to Pelissero, the inflammation in Sanders' ankle is a greater worry at this stage than the sprain itself, so the running back should be on ready to go by the weekend if the swelling subsides like the Eagles anticipate. While Sanders should retain a leading role in the Philadelphia backfield if active Sunday, Pederson suggested that Jordan Howard could have a role in the game plan after returning from a six-game absence due to a shoulder stinger in the Week 17 win over the Giants, but not seeing any action. Boston Scott also remains on hand to fill his typical change-of-pace duties.
Coach Doug Pederson said Sanders (ankle) is day to day, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Analysis: Pederson didn't provide any details, but his brief comment suggests the running back at least avoided a high ankle sprain. Sanders initially tried to play through the injury in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Giants, eventually sitting out for the entire second half while Boston Scott took over as the lead back (and rumbled for 138 yards and three TDs on 23 touches). It's a safe bet Sanders will land on the injury report ahead of Sunday's opening-round playoff matchup with Seattle. Pederson did mention that Jordan Howard is likely to see more work come Sunday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Sanders (ankle) will undergo testing Monday to evaluate what is believed to be a "pretty decent sprain", Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Analysis: The Eagles are optimistic it isn't a high ankle sprain, but that doesn't mean Sanders will be ready for Sunday's game against Seattle in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The rookie initially tried to play through the injury during Sunday's 34-17 win over the Giants, but he ended up missing the entire second half, which contributed to Boston Scott piling up 138 yards and three touchdowns on 23 touches. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Sanders will have an MRI on Monday.
Sanders (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game versus the Giants.
Analysis: Sanders was hobbled after making a sideline grab in the first quarter but attempted to play through the issue. In the second quarter, though, he paid a visit to the blue sideline tent and then limped to the locker room with the training staff, never to return. For the game, he compiled nine rushes for 52 yards and three catches (on five targets) for minus-1 yard. Since Sanders' departure, Boston Scott has earned all the RB touches, despite the presence of Jordan Howard for the first time since Week 9.
Sanders suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Giants.
Analysis: After making a catch in the first quarter, Sanders appeared hobbled and convened with the training staff for a spell. He returned to action but eventually was examined in the sideline tent before limping to the locker room, per Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. Sanders was called questionable to return by the Eagles, but if he doesn't he'll finish Week 17 with nine carries for 52 yards and three receptions (on five targets) for minus-1 yard. In Sanders' stead, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott will pick up the slack out of the backfield.
Sanders is expected to remain the Eagles' lead option out of the backfield Sunday against the Giants with Jordan Howard (shoulder) trending toward a return, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Over the Eagles' first nine games, Howard led the team's ground attack with 525 yards and six touchdowns on 119 attempts, with Sanders operating in more of a change-of-pace capacity. With a shoulder stinger keeping Howard out for the subsequent six games, however, Sanders has been thrust into a larger role and has responded well, amassing 635 total yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. Though Howard has received clearance to take contact and should be available in the regular-season finale, the Eagles are expected to ease him in with a complementary role out of the backfield. Such an arrangement should allow Sanders to retain the top spot on the depth chart, though he might have to sacrifice slightly more touch volume and snaps compared to recent weeks.
Sanders carried the ball 20 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and caught five of six targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: On a day when offense was at a premium, Sanders was the most dangerous player on the field, and his one-yard TD plunge late in the third quarter proved to be the difference. The rookie has grabbed hold of the No, 1 RB job with 588 scrimmage yards and four TDs over the last five games, and he'll look to help the Eagles clinch the NFC East title next week against the Giants.
Sanders rushed 19 times for 122 yards and a touchdown while catching all six of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-27 win over Washington.
Analysis: Sanders found paydirt from one yard out in the second quarter for his second career rushing touchdown, then added the third receiving touchdown of his rookie season on a 15-yard catch in the back corner of the end zone in the third quarter. He later broke free for a 56-yard run, setting up Zach Ertz's go-ahead touchdown with 10 minutes to play. If Jordan Howard (shoulder) isn't ready to make his return in Week 16, Sanders should continue to serve in a bell cow role against Dallas in a game that will likely decide the NFC East champion.
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