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Miles Sanders expects Eagles to spread ball around backfield

Miles Sanders

While many factors contributed, including injury, the Eagles never relied on one featured back last season, starting four different players.

Though the stable will look a little different in 2019, rookie Mile Sanders expects the philosophy to be much the same.

“It’s definitely going to be competitive,” Sanders said Tuesday on NFL Network. “That’s what I like about rooms like this. It was like this at Penn State. It was a very talented running back room. But I’m just used to that stuff — competing and making each other better. Nobody’s really going to be the star running back, I think. I think the ball’s going to be spread out a lot, and that’s what I kind of like, too.

“Everybody’s getting a touch in the game and then just affecting the game in any type of way. So, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win.”

Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi remain free agents after playing for the Eagles last season. The team traded for Jordan Howard and drafted Miles Sanders, who join returnees Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams.

Howard, a Pro Bowler in 2016, is expected to start and get a good share of the touches. He has 3,370 rushing yards in three seasons, with two 1,000-yard seasons and another of 935. It’s Sanders, though, the 53rd selection in the draft, that has been receiving a lot of the preseason hype.

After sitting behind Saquon Barkley for two years in college, he knows how to wait his turn. But he’s also eager to show what he can do.

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