Eagles running back Miles Sanders suffered a lower-body injury during the team’s practice on Wednesday.
The ailment does not appear to be serious. “He will be ready to play,” a source told ESPN regarding Sanders’ availability for Week 1. The running back is considered week-to-week.
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Sanders has been a hot commodity in fantasy circles, as our own Chris Crouse detailed. Since the start of August, Sanders has an ADP of 15th overall.
The former Penn State running back broke out in 2019, leading the franchise in rushing yards (818) and ranking third in receiving yards (509). This season, the former second-round pick figures to be a centerpiece in Philadelphia’s attack from day one with no Jordan Howard in the picture and an increased trust in him from the coaching staff.
Sanders Likely to See Major Passing Work in 2020
The Eagles are thin at the wide receiver position, at least with regard to proven options. Alshon Jeffrey returns after offseason trade speculation. Nelson Agholor left in free agency and DeSean Jackson, who was only able to suit up for three games last season, is in danger of being cut.
It’s likely the team relies on passes to members of its backfield as it did last season. Sanders ranked 11th in the league in 2019 with 418 yards after the catch. He ranked 12th in yards per route ran and 9th in receiving yards per reception.
Despite Sanders’ success in 2019, there are reasons to believe he could struggle in 2020. Sanders and the rest of the Eagles’ backfield will not face an easy schedule this season. According to Pro Football Focus’ SoS metric, Philadelphia has the second-worst schedule for opposing running backs in 2020.
The Eagles’ offensive line isn’t as sturdy as its reputation would allow most to believe. PFF ranked it 10th entering the 2020 campaign, though that was before a season-ending injury to top guard Brandon Brooks. Jason Peters will re-join the team to fill Brooks’ shoes and while the 38-year-old should have enough left in his tank to be at least an average replacement to Brooks, the veteran adds more risk to a unit that was already ushering in an unproven option at left tackle (second-year LT Andre Dillard).
Still, expect Sanders to be a major focal point in a good offense on a team that is expected to compete for the division (Philadelphia’s Win Total is currently 9.5 on Fan Duel). Just don’t be surprised if much of Sanders’ production comes from the passing game yet again.