Miles Sanders could beat Jordan Howard out for No. 1 running back with Eagles

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Even though Jordan Howard is listed as the No. 1 running back at the moment for the Philadelphia Eagles, Miles Sanders could very well change that before September.

After looking at all of the struggles last season in the backfield, the Philadelphia Eagles realized the importance of improving at running back during the 2019 offseason.

Sure, the argument can be made that it wasn’t exactly Philadelphia’s fault since certain players such as Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement were dealing with injuries, but at least 2019 will be a fresh start.

Between acquiring Jordan Howard in a trade from the Chicago Bears to selecting Miles Sanders in the second round of this year’s draft, the Eagles will be in much better shape at running back in 2019 when compared to last year.

All of a sudden, Philadelphia has a new dynamic duo to work with at running back, and the best part is this will take a large amount of pressure off Carson Wentz under center running the offense as well.

Heading into the start of camp, Howard was rightfully considered to be the top running back since his experience alone from the previous three seasons with the Bears gives him an upper hand over Sanders.

However, one of the best parts about training camp and preseason is the position battles that take place for certain players. And while the main focus at the moment will be on Howard and Sanders working together during the 2019 season, could the rookie actually move into the No. 1 spot?

For obvious reasons, Sanders still has a long way to go since the former Penn State star hasn’t even suited up for a preseason game yet for the Eagles, and will need to prove himself worthy on the football field.

But when seeing how much Sanders has already stood out so far in camp, Philadelphia will most likely be taking the approach of using the rookie as much as possible on offense during his rookie campaign.

If his final season with the Nittany Lions (1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns) is any indication of what to expect in the NFL, the Eagles are going to love having Sanders as part of the team for years to come.

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And if Sanders happens to exceed all expectations as a rookie while beating out Howard for the starting role in the process, well this will make Philadelphia feel even more excited about the future with their beloved running back.