Eagles RB Miles Sanders can be NFL’s biggest breakout sensation in 2020

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Don’t overlook Miles Sanders as he enters year two of his NFL career. 

The Philadelphia Eagles took Miles Sanders in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft and he continued the tradition of Penn State running backs getting drafted high.

Sanders didn’t get to have the rookie campaign that he’d have liked due to having to split time in the Eagles backfield with Jordan Howard, but it was still a very impressive season for the Penn State product.

Miles Sanders showed the Eagles why he merited that second-round pick in all 16 regular-season games, with 11 of those being starts. He rushed for 818 yards and three touchdowns and picked up another three touchdowns through the air paired with 509 receiving yards. He did all of that despite not being the starter the entire season.

With Howard now being a member of the Miami Dolphins, it’s one hundred percent time for Miles Sanders to shine in Philadelphia

What makes Miles Sanders such a great talent is his ability to make plays both on the ground and through the air and it’s why he’s due for a huge sophomore season in the NFL. He had 50 receptions and proved to be one of Carson Wentz‘s favorite targets and that’ll only continue as the two’s chemistry continues to grow.

Kay Adams on Good Morning Football pegged Sanders as a top-five running back in 2020 and it’s not hard to see why with the way he was utilized last season. She mentioned that he was sharing time with Howard and how in 2020 he’ll be the team’s featured back with Howard no longer on the team.

Now it’s Sanders running the show and the rest of the depth behind him knows that. Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Elijah Holyfield are all decent backup and third-string options, but they don’t provide the potential that Sanders does, who proved he can do big things at the highest level.

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If the Eagles continue to use Sanders both in the running and receiving game, he’ll have a monster year and Philly should be able to win more than nine games in 2020 and win the NFC East again.