Miles Sanders continues to be one of the most talked-up names of NFL training camp, which could cause his fantasy football draft to skyrocket in the coming weeks.
The Eagles' second-round pick from this April's draft, Sanders hails from Penn State, where he took over as lead back last year following the departure of Saquon Barkley.
In his lone collegiate season as a starer, Sanders rushed 220 times for 1,274 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns, chipping in 24 receptions. He blazed a 4.49 40-yard dash time, and showed enough in one year as a starter for the Eagles to take him with the 53rd overall pick of the 2019 draft.
While Philadelphia has been reluctant to crown a true workhorse back in recent years, it hasn't been entirely due to a lack of trying. The team had hoped to get something close to an every-down role out of Jay Ajayi, but his troublesome knee prevented him from taking on a full workload.
Entering this season, the projected Eagles starter is Jordan Howard, who the team acquired via trade from the Chicago Bears. Despite his experience, Howard has underwhelmed as a runner since his breakout rookie season, bottoming out at 3.7 yards per carry last season. Howard is also a non-factor in the passing game, an area Sanders should excel in due to his lateral quickness and familiarity playing out of the shotgun at Penn State.
Sanders is clearly the more elusive, faster option compared to Howard at this point in their careers, but will need to make strides as far as pass-blocking and ball protection. Despite Sanders' camp buzz, and however he performs in preseason action, the Eagles are still likely to give Howard a shot to start, and a good percentage of snaps and carries, at the beginning of the season.
Sanders is still looking like the upside play in the Philadelphia backfield, and is currently the RB33 according to average draft position (ADP), one spot ahead of Howard at RB34.
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