Miles Sanders was actually in a pretty good situation going into 2020. He missed Week 1, but he the played over 75% of snaps in his first four games before getting hurt again.
Former RB coach and Eagles’ Assistant HC Duce Staley was a big proponent of having Sanders be the every-down back last season. Combine that with no competition behind him, and he become a player to chase.
Well, this year, Staley is gone, and is now cheerleading for D’Andre Swift in Detroit as their Assistant HC.
The Eagles then drafted a RB in Kenneth Gainwell, who is one of the best pass catchers in this class, and has good pass protection skills for his size.
They also claimed Kerryon Johnson off of waivers.
I’m not worried about either of these two individually, but there is a possibility that the backfield isn’t a 1-man show like it was while Sanders was healthy last year.
HC Nick Sirianni did just work under Frank Reich for three seasons as his OC in Indy – and they definitely liked their 2- and 3-man committees.
Also, with a rushing QB behind center, Sanders can potentially see less check downs… and this would be a concern if he’s not on the field for all passing down situations.
Sanders isn’t being overdrafted; he’s a mid-RB2, which is probably where he deserves to be. However, the amount of upside at WR in the third round might make me pass on him, even if I need a RB2.