On Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles did something that they have not done in a long time. Philadelphia selected former Penn State RB Miles Sanders in the second round of the NFL Draft. This is the first time Philly has selected a running back this high since they drafted LeSean McCoy in the second round back in 2009, and ironically enough, Sanders, who is from Pittsburgh, hopes to be just as successful as McCoy has been in the NFL.
“I heard about him(LeSean McCoy) when he came up from high school, broke a lot of records at his high school, too,” Sanders said at his introductory press conference on Saturday. “So I know a lot about his game. He’s still doing well in the league, so he’s just the type of player that you see as a real vet and as a guy that you can really look up to and get advice. I don’t know how long he’s been in the league, but he’s doing very well for himself, so the type of guy that I really look up to, and running backs in my list, too. But that’s the type of career that I’m trying to really follow.”
At Penn State, Sanders waited patiently behind Saquon Barkley, and finally got his chance to be a feature back last season. In 2018, Sanders rushed for 1274 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Recently, Philadelphia acquired RB Jordan Howard from the Bears. The Eagles also have Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams in the mix. Over the past few seasons, Philly has rotated their running backs, which is okay with Sanders.
“I’m used to rotating. I’m not a selfish player,” Sanders said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help this team win. High school, I split reps with another great running back. Penn State was kind of the same thing. I’m ready. I’m willing to do whatever, as far as special teams or splitting reps, it doesn’t matter. I’m ready to do whatever to help this team win a championship.”
Last season, due to injuries, Philly struggled at the running back position. It is clear after some of the moves Philly has made that fixing this issue was a big priority for the team. The additions of Howard and Sanders should improve the running game for the Eagles in 2019.