Philadelphia Eagles running back, Miles Sanders, is in a contract year. He is the team’s number one back and is playing for an extension. So far through the first quarter of the season, his play has shown he deserves to be in Philadelphia past this season. Here is an update on his play through the first four games.
Miles Sanders rushed 13 attempts for 96 yards in the win over the Lions. He had his first rushing touchdown since the 2020 season. Quarterback Jalen Hurts also rushed for over 90 yards as the Eagles exceeded over 200 yards on the ground.
Sanders was once again the Eagles’ leading rusher in Week Two. He finished the game with 17 carries for 80 yards. Sanders didn’t have any touchdowns or long runs but a 4.7 yards per carry average made it tough on the Vikings defense.
Week Three was Sanders’ least productive game. He finished the game with 15 carries for 46 yards. Overall, the Eagles struggled to get a running game going in the win over the Commanders, but Hurts threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Sanders was the workhorse in the Week Four win over the Jaguars in a rain-soaked Philadelphia. He finished the game with 27 carries for 134 yards. He had two touchdowns in the game. His first score evened the game up at 14 and his second touchdown helped the Eagles build a commanding lead.
Sanders looked comfortable despite the challenges of being down 14 and dealing with the weather. He averaged 5 yards per carry and did not turn the ball over. This was Miles Sander’s best game as a pro.
Miles Sanders was the Eagles’ leading rusher in all four games. He has 356 rushing yards on the year which is third in the league behind Saquon Barkley and Nick Chubb. Sanders has three touchdown runs which is tied for fourth in the NFL. His 18 runs for a first down are tied for third in the league.
It seems that Miles Sanders in playing his way towards a new contract with the Eagles or elsewhere. If his play continues like this, the Eagles should make an offer. With Sanders being the featured back, it keeps the other running backs fresh for late in games and takes the pressure off Jalen Hurts. Sanders’ solid start to the season has definitely made the Eagles a better team.
The only concerns are his injury history. He has not played a full season since his rookie year in 2019. When healthy, Sanders is a dominant back.