How Eagles Miles Sanders reinvented the way he works

Miles Sanders looks completely different.

And if you don’t think so, go back and watch some tapes of Sanders in his first year or two.

Watch him dance and throw things outside, as he dances while trying to run home.

Then this year watched him take the ball and move forward.

Both versions of Miles Sanders are very talented. The current version is more effective.

“I keep it simple, just read and interact with my readings,” Sanders said Thursday. “Quite simply. Find out what my reading is and interact with it and be more decisive.”

Two games in, Sanders is seventh in the NFL in rushing with 88 yards per game and fourth with 5.9 yards per carry. He’s 10th in attempts but 5th in first touchdown.

But perhaps the most impressive number is three. That’s the number of zero-yard or less buggies that Sanders has on 30 buggies. He has two carriers of one minus square and one of negative two.

He has gradually reduced his percentage of passive workouts from 18 percent as a beginner to 16 percent in 2020 to 12 percent to 10 percent this year.

He really changed the way he runs, and although he didn’t hit the big runs like he used to, he got a better back.

Within two years of playing Doug Pederson’s offense, Sanders had five runs of at least 40 yards. He hasn’t had any since two years ago in Nick Siriani’s crime.

However, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his first two years and 5.6 yards in the last two years.

It’s as if he went from a slugger hitting 30 pubs but hitting a .227 hitter to a .320 hitter who sprays the ball down the alleys.

“It was fantastic,” said attack coordinator Shane Steichen. “He starts up front with that offensive line, but (the key) is his patience and vision to hit him and get those yards when they’re tight.

“Sometimes it’s tight there, the line of scrimmage. He does a good job of just sticking his foot in the ground and getting past those voids. It might be ugly at two or three yards, but it’s not a passive run.”

What click on sanders? not one thing. He said he’s basically become more comfortable as an NFL player and self-scout.

“Film a little,” he said, “but mostly I was in the fourth year league and felt a lot of the plays I was doing.” “It’s really simple. I keep it as simple as possible. Read and interact with my readings and that’s what gives me success.”

Jason Kelce has played a major role in every professional game Sanders has played, the good, the bad, and everything in between.

He’s seen Sanders’ growth up close.

“You see him resting more and more and seeing him accelerate more and more every year,” Kelsey said.

“He’s always had talent, he’s always been an incredibly talented player and you see that. The more you repeat something and the more you do something, the more confident you are, you usually become more confident, decisions are made faster, and that probably plays a big part in that. .

“And we’re also just a better running team overall than when he was young in his career. Not that we were bad back then, but right now – especially with our midfielder – we get a lot of useful looks as well.”

Sanders, who rushed for 90 yards against the Lions and 82 against the Vikings, clocked his 500th career Monday night, and his career average is now 5.1 higher by going all the way back in franchise history, trailing only Randall Cunningham (6.6) and Donovan McNabb (5.7 ).

His average of 5.6 over the past two years tied for the highest in the NFL with Jalen Hurts and Nick Chubb (before Thursday night).

His 5.1 career mark has been tied for seventh in NFL history among runners-up and higher than every Hall of Famer other than Bobby Mitchell and Jim Brown.

And it’s still getting better.

“Obviously I want to do the right reading every time and you have to be patient sometimes,” he said.

“These last two games I was actually faster on some runs and left a few meters in there just watching the movie but I’m still at the end with the yards I took in each game. You just have to keep feeling and learning exactly what the streak wants to do as far as it gets done. Ban and install it as much as one reads and performs the play.”