Eagles could see 1,000-yard seasons from both Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders in 2019

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Believe if it or not, the Philadelphia Eagles could see two of their running backs in Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders break the 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2019.

During the 2017 season when the Philadelphia Eagles made a run to earn their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, a strong ground game was one of the main reasons behind the team’s success.

Instead of focusing on one individual being the top running back, Doug Pederson took the approach of riding the hot hand each week, and as Eagles fans would go on to learn, it would end up working wonders.

Whether it was LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, or even Corey Clement, it didn’t matter who received the most carries each game since all Philadelphia cared about was winning football games.

Heading into the 2019 season, the Eagles have a few new faces at running back in Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, both of which seem capable of being the top player in the backfield, although if all goes well, they will each see a handful of carries every week.

While Philadelphia was able to take Howard off the hands of the Chicago Bears through a trade, the Eagles were willing to use a second round pick on Sanders after an impressive career at Penn State.

With the start of training camp set to get underway next week, Howard is rightfully considered the No. 1 running back at the moment, and his experience from the previous three years should benefit Sanders as well from a learning perspective.

Despite coming 65 rushing yards short of hitting the 1,000-yard mark for a third season in a row, there’s every reason to believe that Howard will be able to reach the milestone in 2019 during his first season in action with the Eagles, as long as he stays healthy.

As for Sanders, well the former Nittany Lions star certainly took advantage of Saquon Barkley no longer being part of the picture in 2018 by becoming the top running back on offense while rushing for 1,274 yards with nine touchdowns.

Clearly, both Howard and Sanders are capable of crossing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the Eagles this upcoming season if they each receive the right carries, which could very well happen.

Pederson remembers well just how effective Philadelphia was during their Super Bowl run from the 2017 season on offense as a result of a strong ground game, and the smart approach would be to take this route again in 2019.

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Predicting both players to reach the milestone may sound like a bit of a stretch, but also there’s a reason why the Eagles are so high on Howard and Sanders, so don’t be surprised if it actually happens.