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Eagles' Miles Sanders eyeing Christian McCaffrey-like impact

Tim McManus
Courtesy of ESPN

PHILADELPHIA -- Running back Miles Sanders -- the 53rd overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in last year's NFL draft -- has been asked to announce the Eagles' second-round selection this year, which fittingly is again No. 53 overall. Sanders will do so virtually from his home in Philly, but he warns that if the pick is wide receiver and fellow Penn State alum KJ Hamler, all bets are off.

"I'm going off script and I'm going to be hype on TV," Sanders told ESPN. "I'm going to say, 'With the 53rd pick in the second round the Eagles select KJ,' but I'm going to go crazy."

Sanders has already put in a good word for Hamler with the Eagles brass -- "I text [coach] Doug [Pederson], I don't care," he said with a laugh -- as he has for other prospects he is tight with, including Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, Michigan linebacker Khaleke Hudson and former XFL safety Kenny Robinson...


Miles Sanders Is NFL Draft's Big Winner and Ready to Take Off in 2020

Brad Gagnon
Courtesy of Bleacher Report

Jordan Howard left as a free agent, wasn't replaced. Darren Sproles retired, wasn't replaced. The Philadelphia Eagles acquired six veterans via free agency or trade. None were running backs. They drafted 10 players last month. No backs among them.

While they did sign two undrafted free agents at the position and re-signed reserve back Corey Clement, the Eagles' actions this NFL offseason strongly indicate they're all-in on 2019 rookie sensation Miles Sanders.

The back-less draft despite the loss of Howard confirmed it: Sanders will have a chance to become an all-out superstar in 2020...

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Wooden Sled and bear crawls: Inside Miles Sanders' ROY charge

Tim McManus
ESPN Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA - Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders didn't want to curse in front of the media, he said, but he had to in order to explain what coach Duce Staley put him through after he lost two fumbles during a Week 3 loss to the Detroit Lions.

"It's called 'The Bitch,'" Sanders quietly told ESPN at his locker stall in September.

It's a wooden sled that's brought out for such an occasion. The offending player -- in this case Sanders -- has to push the sled from a bear-crawl position 150 yards for each fumble. Fifty yards up, then back, then up again. Sanders had to do it twice.

"He let me do them different days," said Sanders. "It's not fun..."