Despite some struggles over the last few weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles are poised to finish the 2023 campaign as one of the NFL's top teams, once again. Getting to the top of the mountain isn't easy, though, as general managers like Howie Roseman must constantly make sacrifices for the betterment of the roster.
Eagles fans had to say goodbye to several players over the offseason to get to where they are today. While it was tough seeing some of those players leave, other departures were much-needed. But regardless of why those players left, each one likely hoped for better results for wherever they headed next.
Unfortunately, the grass isn't always greener on the other side and some ex-Philly players are learning that the hard way.
Here are four former Eagles who are failing miserably with their team in 2023.
1. Miles Sanders, RB, Carolina Panthers
Miles Sanders' Eagles tenure was a mixed bag, to say the least.
Drafted 53rd overall in 2019, Sanders' first year was an exciting one, finishing with 1,327 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns on 229 touches, helping him finish fourth in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting. Unfortunately, the ex-Penn State product began frustrating the fanbase from there.
After recording a career-worst four fumbles in 2020, Sanders went on to have his infamous zero-touchdown campaign the following season, failing to find the end zone on 163 touches across 12 games. While many supporters lost faith after that performance, Sanders earned back a lot of love with a 2022 Pro Bowl campaign that saw him finish with career highs in both scrimmage yards (1,347) and TDs (11).
After only receiving seven carries in Super Bowl LVII, Sanders joined the Carolina Panthers on a four-year, $25 million deal in free agency. With little competition in the backfield, many predicted another productive season from the veteran.
Instead, Sanders has left much to be desired. The 26-year-old RB is experiencing his worst season thus far, averaging a career-low 33.3 rushing yards per game while tallying just 525 scrimmage yards and one touchdown through 12 games.
What's even worse is that even though Sanders began the year as Carolina's starter, he hasn't started a game since Week 5, losing the job to Chuba Hubbard before October was even halfway over.
While he likely would've experienced better production in Philadelphia, it seems like the Eagles moved on from Sanders at the right time.