Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Sanders should be even better in Year 2

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The Philadelphia Eagles have a budding star in Miles Sanders. He looks to have an even better sophomore season.

There are some bright spots to the Philadelphia Eagles season that ended in an early exit in the Wildcard round of the playoffs.

One of them is the fact that they got to see the running back of the future in Miles Sanders this year. For a team that didn’t have the best season on offense that saw their offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach get fired they were still able to see big-play potential from Sanders.

He had 818 yards rushing on 179 attempts and three touchdowns on the ground. Receiving he had 509 yards on 50 receptions and three touchdowns through the air. He finished with 1,327 yards from scrimmage on 229 touches.

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By the end of the season, he broke the rookie record for scrimmage yards which was previously held by DeSean Jackson. He also shattered the rookie record for rushing yards which was previously held by LeSean McCoy who had only 637 yards.

When you look at Sanders you get flashbacks of past Eagles running back great Brian Westbrook. Westbrook was the most dangerous weapon on the Eagles offense for a long time because of his ability to be a dual-threat in the backfield and catching passes.

He could catch out of the backfield and split out wide. He was hard to tackle in the open field and that led to a lot of big plays for the Eagles. He was able to take games over with his abilities. Miles Sanders can be that same kind of player.

This season the running back out of Penn State had a lot of big plays of his own that helped win games for the Eagles. Sanders had an impressive big run against the Green Bay Packers, a 60-yard touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills and another big run against the Washington Redskins.

Sanders’ first-year numbers rival Westbrook during 2004-2007 which was when he was in his prime with Philadelphia. From those three years, he had more than 500 yards rushing and receiving. He was a force to be reckoned with.

All-Pro player Christian McCaffrey was able to get 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving this year. That should be something that Sanders strives to be able to accomplish next

He was able to overcome every obstacle that was brought forth to him and at the back end of the season, he showed he was getting better.

When he had the big fumble against the Detroit Lions he was able to come back and only fumble one more time the whole season. When he was faced with injuries he was able to come back and fight through them and be an effective weapon for the team.

The Eagles were riddled with injuries once again but Sanders remained the one constant. He showed that he was a viable weapon in a team that had weapon after weapon go down.

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In his sophomore season, he will be a big part of what the Philadelphia Eagles do. He and Jordan Howard will be a new version of thunder and lightning. The receiver position is in shambles but the running back situation is in good hands with Miles Sanders at the helm.