After losing multiple players to injuries on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles could be on the verge of their starting feature back making his regular-season debut.
There’s a decent hope that running back Miles Sanders will be able to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, according to John Clark of NBC10 Philadelphia. The second-year back missed the regular-season opener with a hamstring injury.
The Eagles could’ve used Sanders on Sunday as their running game could not get on track against the Washington Football Team. As a team, the Eagles ran for a mediocre 57 yards with Boston Scott contributing 35 yards on nine carries.
Last season, Sanders rushed for 818 yards on 179 carries and three touchdowns last season. He also had 50 receptions for 509 yards and another three touchdowns.
With that type of production, many fantasy experts projected Sanders to be a breakout player this season and someone to target early in your fantasy drafts.
Nevertheless, fantasy owners and the Eagles will be hoping that the former second-round pick can play against a Rams’ defense that gave up 136 rushing yards to the Cowboys on Sunday night.
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Graham in the Concussion Protocol
As previously mentioned, the Eagles suffered multiple injuries across the offensive and defensive lines. One player who got caught in the injury crossfire was veteran defensive end Brandon Graham, who exited Sunday’s game in the second half.
On Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told reporters that Graham is in the concussion protocol, per Geoff of Inside The Birds. The Eagles cannot afford to lose Graham for an extended period as they are already without defensive ends Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry. Barnett missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, while Curry is also expected to miss four weeks with a hamstring injury. Last season, the Eagles’ defense was ranked 3rd against the run and 19th against the pass.
Desean Jackson’s Workload to Increase
After missing a majority of last season, thanks to a nagging core muscle injury, veteran wideout DeSean Jackson is healthy and ready to go. However, the 33-year-old Jackson did not play a lot in Sunday’s loss against Washington. He only played 54 percent of offensive snaps and had two receptions (seven targets) on 46 yards.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday that Jackson’s snaps will increase each week (h/t John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia). If you are a fantasy owner, this is great news as Jackson should get a considerable amount of the targets behind tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
Eagles Want Carson Wentz to Play Smarter
Starting quarterback Carson Wentz did not have one of his best games on Sunday against Washington’s defense. The fifth-year gunslinger had three turnovers (two interceptions) and was sacked eight times.
While it didn’t help that he was under constant pressure and making inexcusable passes. Pederson wants Wentz to continue to be aggressive, but also to be smart with his decision making.
“It’s ok to throw the ball away,” Pederson said on Monday (h/t John Clark of NBC10 Philadelphia). “It’s something we’ve got to continue to work through. I believe he can learn that.”
The former second overall pick completed 57.1-percent of his passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions on Sunday. Wentz also had a quarterback rating of 72.5 and 13 fantasy points, according to Pro Football Reference.