The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t had an elite level, a franchise-altering player at the running back position since the departure of LeSean McCoy in 2015.

We’ve gone through the Ryan Matthews and DeMarco Murray era. While surely, no one needs to be reminded of the infamous 2017 draft class where we watched Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Marlon Mack, and many more prevalent running backs leave the board before the Eagles selection of now XFL standout Donnel Pumphrey.

To say the Eagles haven’t had success in finding McCoy’s successor would be quite the understatement.

However that all changed when Philadelphia selected Miles Sanders with the 53rd pick, in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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After a slow start to the season that saw Sanders only rush for 106 yards through three games, topped off by his two fumble performance against the Lions in week three. However, the next week against Green Bay, Sanders was able to show what was a glimpse of things to come. Sure in the loss to Detroit, Sanders’ rushing performance wasn’t ideal, but Sanders was able to show the coaching staff a glimpse of hope in that passing game that would go a long way. Two receptions for 73 yards, a team-high I might add.

This performance would become the catalyst of Sanders and him becoming the most prominent down the field threat for Philadelphia once DeSean Jackson went down.

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Not only was Sanders the Eagles leader in 20+ yards receptions, but 20+ yard plays in total with 13, most notably his 65 yard run against the Buffalo Bills.

To top it off, Sanders also led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,327) for a rookie.

Yet somehow Sanders only received one vote for Offensive Rookie of the Year, trailing Josh Jacobs (13), A.J. Brown (9.5), and eventual winner Kyler Murray (26.5).

Despite failing to win the aforementioned award, Sanders still was responsible for one of the best rookie seasons in Eagles’ history.

Here’s a look at a few accomplishments Sanders was able to reach in his short time in midnight green.

The Three Amigos

Miles Sanders joined Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara as the only rookies to produce 1,300+ yards from scrimmage and 300+ return yards.

Happy Valley

Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders are the only rookie running backs to eclipse 800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season since 2000. The entire list features Edgerrin James, Marshall Faulk, and Gale Sayers.

Mac-man, Mighty Mouse, and Miles

Against the Redskins on December 15, 2019, Miles Sanders has 172 yards from scrimmage the most by any Eagle since 2014.

Run Boobie Run

With 818 yards Miles Sanders broke LeSean McCoy’s (637) rookie record for rushing yards in a season from 2009. Sanders also broke DeSean Jackson’s rookie record for yards from scrimmage ( 1,008) with his efforts of 1,327.

Sanders recently appeared on Fox Sports One’s “Undisputed” with host Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. Sanders was asked about his thoughts on his rookie season compared to his Rookie of the Year running mates.

Sanders said, “I got a lot of confidence in myself. Based on the type of production that I gave, basically, I think in a half a season. With Sproles going down going on IR, and Jordan Howard going down for the rest of the season.”

With multiple franchises records set in just his first season in the league, Sanders has definitely set the tone for himself and his career in midnight green.
Now that he has started to entrench himself Philadelphia history, it’s time to see what the next chapter beholds for one “Boobie Miles”.

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