Miles Sanders believes he was destined to be lead back for Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders has an unequivocal belief in his destiny. The former Penn State back was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft with the 53rd overall pick.
It didn’t take long for Sanders to win over the faith of the coaching staff and become the starting tailback for the Eagles. He didn’t disappoint, as he surpassed LaSean McCoy’s record for most rushing yards for a rookie with 818 and DeSean Jackson’s rookie record of total yards from scrimmage, amassing 1,327 through 16 games (11 starts), while also bagging a whopping 1,641 all-purpose yards.
Sanders hasn’t been shy of confidence here, noting he believed that’s why the Eagles drafted him in the first place:
“I believe that’s why they drafted me in the first place,” Sanders said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It was really just a switch that turned. All of a sudden, I was a starting running back and I didn’t start at the beginning of the season. I just looked at the opportunity and attacked it.”
After getting a taste last season, @Eagles second year RB Miles Sanders tells us he's ready to be the main ball carrier in Philly…
"I believe that's why they drafted me in the first place" #FlyEaglesFly
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 20, 2020
Miles Sanders has spent most of his rookie year sharing the Eagles backfield with Jordan Howard. Now that Howard moved to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, the runway is clear for the second-year back to see a jump from the 229 touches he saw in 2019.
Sanders believes he’s ready for that jump and he will have Boston Scott and Corey Clement as two experienced backs behind him on the depth chart.
His dynamic play should also see him get a few catches out of the backfield, as Sanders caught 50 passes for 509 yards as a rookie for the Eagles.