What the Hell is Going on With Miles Sanders?

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Philadelphia Eagles are neglecting one of their only weapons in Miles Sanders.
The Philadelphia Eagles are neglecting one of their only weapons in Miles Sanders. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders looked poised to improve upon on his solid rookie season heading into 2020. However, little has gone right for the second-year player and the team as a whole.

Sanders, who should be treated like the RB1 that he can be, finds himself competing for touches, which limits his ability to help this struggling team.

In Sanders' first seven games of the season, he averaged 14.6 rushes for 83.6 yards per game, adding 3 touchdowns on the ground. He also saw 5 targets per contest and turned those into 2.4 receptions for 16.6 receiving yards.

However, the RB's use has fallen off of a cliff in Weeks 12 and 13. Sanders registered a season-low 6 rushes in Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, followed by just 10 touches in Week 13. He is averaging a mere 8 attempts for 23 yards over those two games.

The Eagles are questionably dipping into Sanders' potential workload by giving Boston Scott and Jordan Howard looks on offense. Philly's inability to maximize Sanders in recent weeks likely speaks to their head coach's ineptitude, and it's no surprise that Pederson finds himself on the hot seat.

Philadelphia heads into a Week 14 matchup against the 10-2 New Orleans Saints. If Pederson hopes to have any success against one of the best teams in the league, he needs to unleash Sanders, otherwise he's setting his team up to fail.

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