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Miles Sanders

Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back #24
Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back #24
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Hardly used Monday

Sanders rushed just twice for 27 yards and caught three of four targets for 28 yards in Monday night's 41-21 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Sanders fell victim to the game flow Monday, when the Eagles offense struggled to stay on the field in the first half and was forced to play catch-up by passing often in the second. In fact, the tailback's first carry didn't come until midway into the second quarter. Sanders went for 24 yards on that attempt, but he rather frustratingly only garnered one more carry for the remainder of the contest. With Philadelphia's running backs totaling just three carries overall, his work wasn't going elsewhere and Sanders at least salvaged a little value in the passing game, but his Week 3 outing nonetheless fell well short of expectations. Without a touchdown through his first three games under coach Nick Sirianni, Sanders will strive to finally find pay dirt while demanding a much larger workload this Sunday versus the Chiefs.

Sep 27, 2021 8:36 PM EST

Ready for MNF

Sanders (chest) was a full practice participant Friday.

Analysis: Sanders was limited for just one day before returning to full participation. He should be ready for his usual role Monday night against the Cowboys, averaging 14.0 carries, 3.5 targets and 86.0 total yards per game on 66.7 percent snap share through two weeks. Meanwhile, rookie backup Kenneth Gainwell is averaging 7.5 carries and 3.0 targets on 34.1 percent of snaps.

Sep 24, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Tending to chest injury

Sanders was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a chest injury.

Analysis: As the Eagles prepare for a Monday night matchup with the Cowboys, Sanders is apparently banged up after taking 14 touches and playing 37 snaps in the Eagles' Week 2 loss to the 49ers. The fact that the Eagles didn't hold him out of practice entirely in their first session of Week 3 is a promising sign that he'll be ready to go Monday, but Sanders' activity in workouts Thursday and Friday will still bear watching.

Sep 23, 2021 1:24 PM EST

Limited to 59 total yards

Sanders rushed the ball 13 times for 55 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the 49ers. He added one reception for four yards.

Analysis: Sanders was fairly efficient with his opportunities on the ground, but both game script and Jalen Hurts' involvement in the rushing attack limited his volume. Perhaps more concerning was Sanders' complete lack of involvement as a receiver, with Kenneth Gainwell cutting into his workload in that area. The result was a fairly ineffective performance, though Sanders could bounceback in what should be a better matchup in Week 3 against Dallas. Through two games, Sanders is averaging 16.5 touches per game and 86 total yards.

Sep 19, 2021 3:35 PM EST

Back to full participation

Sanders (ankle/rest) practiced in full Thursday.

Analysis: The Eagles listed Sanders as a limited participant Wednesday with an ankle injury and "rest" next to his name, indicating he got a maintenance day of sorts. With a return to full capacity one day later, he's set to lead the backfield Week 2 against the 49ers. In Philly's season opener this past Sunday in Atlanta, Sanders handled a 66-percent share of the offensive snaps, resulting in 19 touches for 113 total yards.

Sep 16, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Logs limited practice Wednesday

Sanders (ankle/rest) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Sanders was one of three starters on offense to have an injury and "rest" next to his name on Wednesday's practice report. The others -- tight end Zach Ertz (hamstring/rest) and right guard Brandon Brooks (knee/rest) -- were unable to practice at all. As a result, Sanders seems in line to be OK for Week 2 against the 49ers, but his activity level in the coming days will be one to monitor. In Sunday's season opener in Atlanta, he turned 19 touches into 113 yards from scrimmage on a 66-percent share of the offensive snaps.

Sep 15, 2021 1:28 PM EST

Trademark efficiency in Week 1 win

Sanders rushed 15 times for 74 yards and brought in four of five targets for 39 yards in the Eagles' 32-6 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Sanders' final numbers were fitting, considering the third-year back often has turned in highly efficient performances on a yards-per-touch basis but still seen his overall opportunities capped. Despite the change at the top for Philadelphia, the same held true Sunday, but Sanders still turned in an encouraging effort from a fantasy perspective. The explosive 24-year-old will look to improve on his already strong season-opening numbers in a tough matchup against the 49ers at home Week 2.

Sep 12, 2021 2:53 PM EST

Pair of carries in preseason debut

Sanders rushed two times for 13 yards in the Eagles' 35-0 preseason loss to the Patriots on Thursday night.

Analysis: One of Sanders' runs went for 10 yards, making up the bulk of his production during his brief time on the field. The third-year back reportedly has re-solidified his grip on the starting job after opening training camp splitting some first-team reps with Boston Scott, but given quarterback Jalen Hurts was a late scratch due to illness Thursday, Sanders may not have an opportunity to play with the second-year signal-caller until Philadelphia's regular-season opener against the Falcons on Sept. 12.

Aug 19, 2021 8:17 PM EST

Preseason Week 2 appearance likely

Sanders is in line to play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Patriots, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: It's unclear exactly how many snaps Sanders and the rest of the starting offense will handle, but for the running back it'll mark his first (and perhaps only) appearance of exhibition season. While he opened training camp splitting first-team reps with change-of-pace option Boston Scott, Sanders has taken the majority of them in recent practices, indicating he remains the unquestioned No. 1. During his first two pro campaigns, Sanders averaged 85.4 yards from scrimmage per game and scored 12 touchdowns in 28 outings.

Aug 19, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Dominating first-team snaps

Sanders has taken a large majority of first-team snaps in recent practices, after splitting the workload with Boston Scott earlier in training camp, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Sanders was rested for Thursday's preseason opener against Pittsburgh, while the Eagles' other healthy running backs (including Scott) all played. Reports from the first couple weeks of training camp suggested Sanders was struggling with drops and fumbles, but he nonetheless remains well ahead of the pack in an RB room with tough competition for backup work. It is possible Scott could handle third downs, and the Eagles might even use a goal-line/short-yardage specialist if they keep Jordan Howard or Kerryon Johnson (knee) on the regular-season roster.

Aug 17, 2021 6:14 AM EST

Doesn't play Thursday

Sanders didn't play in Thursday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: In a postgame press conference, coach Nick Sirianni told Zach Berman of The Athletic that Sanders isn't dealing with an injury. Instead, the team opted to hold Sanders out to ensure he's fresh. Beyond Thursday, the Eagles have two more exhibitions -- Thursday, Aug. 19 against the Patriots and Friday, Aug. 27 at the Jets -- both of which are opportunities for Sanders to prove his worth as the team's No. 1 running back.

Aug 12, 2021 8:13 PM EST

Struggling early on

Sanders has struggled with drops and ball security at training camp, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: One week of camp is a small sample, but it's nonetheless worth noting given that Sanders had seven drops and four fumbles in 12 games last season. He also averaged 5.3 yards per carry, and by all accounts is still operating as Philadelphia's starting running back in practice. However, the 2019 second-round pick may not have as much leeway with the new coaching staff, especially if he struggles with the same things -- namely durability and ball security -- that held him back last season. The Eagles have solid backfield depth with Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell, Kerryon Johnson and Jordan Howard.

Aug 5, 2021 9:16 AM EST

Continues to lead rushing attack

Sanders enters the 2021 season atop the Eagles' running back depth chart, Glenn Erby of USA Today reports.

Analysis: It's no surprise to learn Sanders will once again lead Philadelphia's running game given that he's totaled over 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL campaigns. The more interesting battle will be who backs him up. Offseason addition Kerryon Johnson, 2021 fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell, and last season's no. 2 back Boston Scott are all in the mix.

Jun 30, 2021 1:52 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Sanders (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Washington.

Analysis: Sanders was added to injury report Thursday and didn't practice Friday. He finished his season with 867 rushing yards, 197 receiving yards and six total TDs in 12 games, producing 5.3 yards per carry but only 3.8 per target. Boston Scott averaged just four touches per game over the past seven weeks, but he should see more work Sunday in what likely will be his fourth start of the season. Scott averaged 12 carries, three targets and 75 total yards between the first three starts, playing 56, 69 and 66 percent of snaps. The Eagles also have Corey Clement and Jason Huntley as backfield options.

Jan 1, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Not looking good for Sunday

Sanders (knee) doesn't seem likely to play in Sunday's game against Washington, according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Analysis: Sanders was added to the injury report Thursday and held out of practice Friday. If he doesn't play Sunday night, the Eagles will be left with Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Jason Huntley in the backfield. Scott has made five starts for the Eagles over the past two seasons, averaging 10.6 carries and 3.0 targets in those games.

Jan 1, 2021 11:48 AM EST

Pops up on injury report

The Eagles added Sanders to their Week 17 injury report after he was a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a knee issue.

Analysis: Considering Sanders wasn't included on the initial report released Wednesday, he may have picked up the injury at some point during Thursday's practice. Head coach Doug Pederson should provide some clarity on the matter Friday, but with the Eagles having been eliminated from playoff contention, Sanders could be at risk of sitting out Sunday's season finale versus Washington if there's any concern about the health of his knee. Boston Scott is the next man up at running back behind Sanders.

Dec 31, 2020 12:48 PM EST

Scores TD in loss to Dallas

Sanders carried the ball 15 times for 57 yards and a touchdown and caught four of six targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: He opened the scoring on the Eagles' first possession with a four-yard plunge, helping to build a 14-3 first-quarter lead, but the game was almost all Dallas after that point and Sanders didn't get much of a chance to add to his numbers on the ground with Philly having to play catch-up the entire second half. The second-year back still reached 1,000 scrimmage yards for the season with this performance, and Sanders will look to help the Eagles play spoiler in next week's clash with a Washington team that needs to win to lock up the NFC East title.

Dec 27, 2020 8:03 PM EST

Favorable matchup on tap

Sanders draws a favorable matchup Week 16 against the Cowboys, taking aim at a defense that has allowed a league-high 2,265 rushing yards on the season, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has drawn criticism for Sanders' lack of consistent usage this season, but the running back's involvement has been on the upswing since Jalen Hurts replaced Carson Wentz as the team's starting quarterback. In two games with Hurts under center, Sanders has received 36 touches (31 carries, five catches), turning them into 226 yards (6.3 per touch) and two touchdowns. The threat that Hurts presents as a runner has aided Sanders' effectiveness on zone-running plays in particular, with opposing defenses having to respect the quarterback's mobility rather than selling out to stop the running back. Expect the Eagles to make ample use of those plays against the struggling Dallas run defense, which could translate to productive outings on the ground for both Sanders and Hurts.

Dec 25, 2020 10:40 AM EST

Totals 90 scrimmage yards in loss

Sanders carried 17 times for 64 yards and caught one of two targets for an additional 26 yards during Sunday's 33-26 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Sanders averaged just 3.8 yards per carry as his long gain for the day went for just 10 yards. He turned one of his targets into a 26-yard reception, but fantasy managers were likely left wanting more as it wound up being his only contribution of the day in that phase. Sanders was coming off his best all-around performance of the season in a win over the Saints, but he's now been held under 4.0 yards per carry three times in the last four games. Perhaps next Sunday's meeting with a beatable Cowboys run defense can help Sanders get back on track.

Dec 20, 2020 7:42 PM EST

Erupts for two TDs in upset win

Sanders carried the ball 14 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns and caught four of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Saints.

Analysis: The New Orleans defense hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 55 straight games, but both Sanders and rookie QB Jalen Hurts (106 yards on 18 carries) reached that mark in the upset win. Most of Sanders's production came on an 82-yard TD run late in the second quarter that gave the Eagles a shocking 17-0 lead, and they were able to withstand the Saints' second-half comeback attempt. Sanders hadn't found the end zone since Week 5 prior to Sunday, but he suddenly has a lot of momentum heading into Week 15's road clash with the Cardinals.

Dec 13, 2020 7:43 PM EST

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