Eagles’ rookie running back Miles Sanders has been getting a lot of hype so far in training camp after missing most of the spring with a hamstring issue. Now that he’s on the field, he’s been making a lot of people take notice, including veteran members of the team’s defense.
“That boy is a beast, man. You’re going to see.” Brandon Graham sees something special in Miles Sanders. pic.twitter.com/V4e6m18RE4— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) July 31, 2019
That’s a pretty big compliment from a 10-year NFL veteran, and gives a lot of credence to the other accolades the rookie has been getting so far in camp from media and coaches, alike.
BLG has been in attendance to see the young rusher prove he was worth the second-round draft pick, and on Tuesday noted:
“Miles Sanders showed off his pass catching ability with a nice over-the-shoulder haul on a wheel route. Perfect touch from Wentz. That’s a play the Eagles should be going to in 2019 and beyond. Sanders also had a good touchdown run from about five yards out where he found a hole and fought through contact.”
And for the visual:
Eagles’ offensive coordinator Mike Groh said on Wednesday that Sanders was still learning how to run certain plays, but was definitely impressive early:
“He’s just learning how to run our plays, but there’s been some plays where you’re standing at it from behind, and you say, ‘Wow, that was a really good cut right there’. Unique skill level in the hole and a short area, and being able to make quick cuts and get vertical.”
Groh also noted that Sanders is getting more confident coming off the hamstring injury, and is starting to get more reps in practice.
With added depth in the running back room this offseason with Jordan Howard and re-signing Darren Sproles, it’s good to see the Eagles have a well-rounded group of rushers. Let’s just hope the Sanders hype survives the preseason and translates into the regular season.