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Miles Sanders ready to shine in revamped Eagles offense

ByJaylon Thompson 77 minutes ago
Miles Sanders burst onto the scene with the Philadelphia Eagles last season and quickly showcased his immense talent.

Sanders rushed for 818 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry for the Eagles. He also added 50 receptions for 509 yards and scored six total touchdowns. Now, Sanders is looking to elevate his game to the next level.

This offseason, Sanders proclaimed that he has sights on the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award during an intense workout session. He later tweeted that his confidence is "through the roof” as he prepares for the upcoming season.

According to NFL Network analyst Peter Schrager, Sanders has a good chance to make good on his promise. Schrager said on "Good Morning Football” that Sanders is primed for a breakout season.

"Miles Sanders is the guy that I cannot wait to see,” Schrager said. "I’ve spoken to several sources within the Eagles organization. They could not be more excited for what a healthy, seasoned veteran after a year version of Miles Sanders and what they are going to get this season.”

Sanders is expected to have an expanded role in the Eagles’ offense. The organization saw NFL veterans Darren Sproles and Jordan Howard depart this offseason. This opened the door for Sanders to potentially take on a workhorse role.

The Eagles also added a new offensive coach in former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. He will hold a senior offensive assistant role and add a new perspective to the offense.

The 49ers were one of the top rushing offenses last season. Scangarello’s addition has led to speculation that the Eagles want to run the ball more efficiently. This is good news for Sanders as he could receive more touches in head coach Doug Pederson’s offense.

Pederson addressed the speculation with Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Paul Domowitch and said the offense will look slightly different this season.

"I think what we’ve done as a staff in the offseason with our scheme evaluation, making things better, the staff hires that I’ve done to bring in new thoughts and new ideas and ways to enhance our offense, I think (the offense) is going to look a little bit different," Pederson said.

The Eagles upgraded the offensive personnel through the NFL Draft. They drafted TCU receiver Jalen Reagor to team with fellow NFL veterans Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. The front office also took a chance on former Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The moves added more speed into the fold and Pederson has hinted at grooming Hurts while he adjusts to the NFL game. Schrager believes the offseason moves bodes well for Sanders. He sees an improved Sanders that will thrive in the new offensive attack.

"They revamped the offense on the outside,” Schrager said. "They’ve got speedsters galore whether it’s Jalen Reagor or a healthy DeSean Jackson. They also have an open backfield. There will not be carries going to Darren Sproles and Jordan Howard because they’re no longer with the team. I believe this 26 in the NFC East out of Penn State might have the most rushing yards and the most receiving yards out of all the No. 26s out of Penn State in the NFC East this season.”

Sanders is ready to see the Eagles’ offense take flight. He likes the offseason moves as well and told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the team is in a good position to make noise this season.

"The sky’s through the roof with what we can do with [Carson Wentz and Hurts] and the other guys on the team,” Sanders said. "We’re faster and we got more depth and more explosive and more aggressive too. That’s what I like too. We’re definitely going to be aggressive. I can see us being aggressive this year with the amount of talent we have. Jalen is definitely going to be a part of that, I feel like.”


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I really hope Sanders can continue what he did in the second half of last year because he was insanely good. He's got the talent and ability so there's a very good chance he does. But I guess until proven otherwise there's that slight underlying concern that maybe it was that he was a rookie and caught teams off guard a little. 

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