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Eagles coach Doug Pederson praises new RBs Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles made a couple of additions to their backfield this offseason, swinging a trade with the Chicago Bears for Jordan Howard and then selecting Miles Sanders in the second round of the draft.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is excited about what both running backs will bring to the table, first praising Howard:

“Jordan has kind of been one of those running backs in Chicago that was very productive,” Pederson said, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “Then Matt Nagy took over and things changed just a little bit. I’m not going to, I don’t know all the ins and outs there, but we were fortunate enough to pick him up to bring him into Philadelphia. I’ve always liked Jordan Howard and what he’s done in his young career. He’s one of the top running backs, when you look at some of the production numbers. He’s one of the top guys, he’s up there with some of those big-time running backs. So, he’s going to bring stability. He’s a big, powerful back, he’s a downhill runner.”

Pederson then went on to laud Sanders:

“We felt real comfortable with him, we liked everything about him, great kid,” said Pederson. “Again, great production. He sat behind Saquon Barkley there at Penn State and really learned from him, and when he had an opportunity to produce, he did. It really gives us a little more stability now going into this season with those two guys.”

Howard is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he rushed for 935 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. He entered the NFL in 2016, and during his rookie year, he racked up 1,313 yards and six scores, registering 5.2 yards per attempt.

Since then, however, he has been on a decline, and Pederson hopes to change that.

Meanwhile, Sanders is coming off of a junior campaign with the Nittany Lions in which he totaled 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.