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Will The Eagles Give Miles Sanders A New Contract? 

The Philadelphia Eagles have tons of offensive weapons to spread the ball around to. One of the overlooked ones is running back Miles Sanders. Sanders is on the final year of his rookie contract. Will the Eagles give the former Penn State star a new contract?

Sanders’ Playing Career

The Eagles drafted Miles Sanders in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Penn State. He had an excellent rookie season. In 2019, Sanders rushed for 818 yards and added 509 receiving yards. Sanders had six total touchdowns (three on the ground and three through the air). This was the only season of his NFL career he played in all 16 games. Sanders set the Eagles franchise record for most rushing yards by a rookie and most all-purpose yards by a rookie.

2020 Season

Sanders went into the 2020 season looking to build upon his successful rookie season. He missed the first game due to a hamstring injury but recorded 131 total yards in the week 2 loss against the Rams. Sanders had his had his first two-touchdown game against the Steelers in week 5. He had to miss two games in October due to a knee injury and missed the season finale due to the same injury.

Miles Sanders finished the 2020 season with a career best 867 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. He also added in 197 receiving yards. His average rushing attempt was 5.3 yards per carry. Sanders lost two fumbles over the course of the season.

2021 Season

Sanders had and up and down year in 2021. He saw limited opportunities in the beginning of the season and faced injuries toward the end of the year. Sanders missed four games due to an ankle injury and one game due to a broken hand.

Overall, in 2021, Sanders rushed for 754 yards and had 158 receiving yards. These were both career lows. This was also the first NFL season he had zero touchdowns. Sanders had a really disappointing playoff game by rushing for just 16 yards on 7 attempts in the wildcard game loss.

Through three seasons, Miles Sanders has been successful when on the field, but has not stayed healthy. He has missed multiple games due to several different injuries which is a major concern going into 2022. Hopefully Sanders can stay healthy this year and make the most of his opportunities.

Eagles Running Backs

Miles Sanders is the clear number one running back on the roster. Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell will split reps with Sanders. Last season, Scott ran for 373 yards and Gainwell ran for 291yards. These two are both quality backups for Sanders, but it is unlikely either of them could be the feature back. The Eagles also have Jason Huntley with experience and undrafted free agent Kennedy Brooks.

In Conclusion

Miles Sanders recently made headlines for saying “it feels like we’re on an all-star team.” This kind of confidence is important in the NFL. It is clear that Sanders wants to be a Philadelphia Eagle. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area, played his college football at Penn State, and was drafted by the Eagles. Sanders has not played for a team outside of Pennsylvania.

Right now, it has hard to justify giving Sanders a new contract. He has been inconsistent and often injured. Philadelphia Eagles management needs to evaluate him over the course of the season. When healthy, he is very talented and has the potential for a big play every time he touches the ball. If the Eagles don’t re-sign Sanders, there would be plenty of free agent and draft options available to them.


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Kevin Brzostek

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