I'm Back

Dear Philly—

I’m back! Not only is it great to be back at the keyboard spending some time with you guys, but damn, I’m excited to be able to actually play in an NFL game.

It sucked sitting at home watching the Washington Football Team’s game from my couch. It wasn’t a good feeling at all. Last week was the first week that I actually felt good.  I wanted to play.  But I had to trust the Eagles training staff and the coaches to not rush back too soon from my hamstring injury.  Hamstrings and soft tissue injuries are the kind of things that can ruin a season in the blink of an eye if you don’t treat them with proper caution. So while it was tough watching at home from my couch, I understand in the long run it was best.

I’m ready to go now. I’m 100%. I can’t wait to show everyone how much I’ve learned since my rookie year. I’ve really focused on being a more disciplined in the running game with the ball in my hands. I’ve tried to focus on being more disciplined with my eyes when reading my blocks and getting downhill quicker. Those are just a couple things I wanted to focus on.

I’m extremely excited to be back on the field, to bring a different spark to the offense, and do whatever I can to get us a W.

Let’s get down to the game.

Entering a game like this one vs. the Rams, my pass blocking abilities will be tested now more than ever. Why do I say that? Well, everyone knows why. #99.  Future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Donald. He’s a monster. You don’t win NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice by accident.  From a young age, I’ve trained with Aaron in the off-season with DeWayne Brown of 2/10ths Speed and Agility. Aaron is from the East Side Pittsburgh, just like me. So I’ve gotten to know him better than people realize. He might be 270 pounds but he moves so incredibly well for a guy his size. Sometimes I just marvel at his footwork. It’s kind of crazy, really.  He’s a great player, but at the end of the day, we’ve got some great players on our roster, too. We’re all professionals and we all different jobs we have to do. 

My job is to protect #11 and make sure he’s got a clean pocket back there. Luckily for me, my coaches at Penn State made pass blocking essential for me to see the field. It’s something I have been taking pride in my career thus far. When we are facing our toughest pass blocking test of the season—those skills will be vital. Thankfully we’ve got some other players coming back this week—like Lane Johnson and Derek Barnett. Both are going to be a massive help on both sides of the ball for us. They couldn’t be coming back at a better time.

The Rams game this Sunday will be the first game that my mother has ever missed in my football career.        

That’s going to be tough for both of us. She’s been my rock my whole life. She raised me, my sister, and my two brothers growing up. When I was suiting up as a freshman for Woodland Hills she was calling out of work to make sure she was there.  My first day of college she was crying her eyes out. We talked on the phone every day.   Luckily I have a tattoo of her on my (right) wrist so she will be there with me every single snap this season. When I strap on those pads and get ready to go to war with my brothers she will be there with me in spirit. No doubt. 

I’m definitely going to miss the fans, too. What can I say?  Being a Pennsylvania boy my whole life, it’s been a dream come true to not only play in the National Football League, but to play for such a passionate fan base like Eagles fans. I speak for all the players on the team when I say we’ll truly miss your energy and enthusiasm during the games. Much like my mother, I know you all will be with us in spirit.

I’m super excited to have this blog on my website. This blog will be a great opportunity for you all to hear from me on a weekly basis. I’ll answer a few questions every week and hopefully give you all a taste of the behind the scenes that I know you guys crave!

We are all so truly blessed to be able to play this game so I am forever thankful for each and every one of you for your support. We could not do this without you. For all those hours you’ve spent over the years screaming and yelling at your TV, all the money you’ve spent on tickets, merchandise, filling your car with gas, hotels, tailgates, and many other things, every member of the Eagles franchise is forever grateful for your support. Back to that theme of thankfulness, none of this would be possible without the support of you the fans.

In crazy times like this all we can do is take each day as it comes. Staying in the present. That’s something that Michael Jordan was incredibly good at in the Last Dance and it’s something we need to really lock in as a team this year.

Like one of my teammates said to reporters earlier in the week, we’ve just got to stay ready as a team. This is going to be a season not only full of injuries, but coronavirus only makes things more chaotic. So everyone on the team just has to be ready to adapt to the different circumstances as they come.

We’re going to give it maximum effort for you guys every single snap. To do otherwise would be a disservice to our coaches, fans, my teammates, and this great game that we all love so very much. I’m incredibly thankful that football season is finally back for me, not only for myself but for my teammates as well. In a world full of uncontrollable things, me and my teammates will have to focus on what we can truly control. Our effort in the heat of battle. 

One final thing I wanted to add, I wanted to give a shoutout to my boy Deontae Williams. He’s a junior in high school. He goes to my alma mater (Woodland Hills) and is the next great in the Woodland Hills pipeline. Let’s just say this electric playmaker is up NEXT! The kid makes things happen with the football in his hands! Go give him a follow on his Instagram and watch his highlights: @tae_2_shady. His Twitter is: @T_Man_412. The hype for him is just beginning. It will keep growing. Trust me. He’s just started earning college scholarship offers and they will keep rolling in. Okay—guys—seriously—this time—that’s all for now!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I’ll talk to you next week-

“Boobie” Miles Sanders #26 Philadelphia Eagles