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Miles Sanders becomes NFL’s top 2019 rookie in total yards from scrimmage


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There was a lot of potential for Miles Sanders his rookie season with the Eagles, and the running back has exceeded expectations. In fact, during the Week 17 game against the Giants, reaching over 41 offensive yards, Sanders took the top spot among rookies in yards from scrimmage — totaling over 1,317 yards (and counting prior to the finish of this Week 17 game).

He also becomes the first Eagle in 66 years to the lead rookies in scrimmage yards — first since Don “Heartbeat” Johnson in 1953. Sanders’ had 1,276 offensive yards (766 rushing on 170 carries, and 510 receiving on 47 catches) and 6 touchdowns heading into the final game of the season.

His workload increased as the 2019 season went on, especially once Jordan Howard was sidelined with injury, and ended up starting 11 of the 16 games. It’s safe to say, he’s developed a lot since Week 1 and is seeing holes much better and executing without trying to force big breaks. He’s also become an integral part of the passing game — which is great since the Eagles’ wide receiver group imploded with injuries this season.

Raiders’ rusher Josh Jacobs had the most scrimmage yards (1,316) for a rookie heading into Week 17, but was ruled out of the season finale due to a shoulder injury and illness, ushering in Sanders’ opportunity to take the lead.

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