How Eagles Miles Sanders Re-invented His Way of Running

Miles Sanders just looks different.

And if you don’t think so, go back and watch some tapes from Sanders’ first or second year.

Watch him dance around and kick things outside, free-lancing as he tries to slam a home run.

Then watch him take the ball this year and move on.

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

“Just keep it simple, just read and respond to my readings,” Sanders said on Thursday. “It’s that simple. Knowing what my read is and reacting to it being more decisive.”

In two games, Sanders is seventh in the NFL with 88 yards per game and fourth with 5.9 yards per carry. He is 10th in attempts but fifth in first downs.

But perhaps the most impressive number is three. That is, without yards or less, Sanders has 30 carries. He has two carries for minus-one yards and one for minus-two.

He has gradually reduced the percentage of his negative runs as a rookie from 16 per cent in 2020 to 10 per cent this year from 12 per cent.

He has really changed the way he runs, and when he hasn’t scored as big runs as before, he has become a better back.

In the two years playing Doug Pedersen’s offense, Sanders had five runs for at least 40 yards. He hasn’t had any in the two years of Nick Siriani’s crime.

Yet he averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his first two years and 5.6 yards in his last two years.

It’s like he’s gone from a slugger who slams 30 homers but hits .227. 320 hitter who throws the ball into the lanes.

“He has been tremendous,” said offensive coordinator Shane Steichen. “It starts with that offensive line, but (the key) is his patience and his vision to hit it and get those yards when it’s tight.

“Sometimes it’s tight there, the grapple line. He does a good job of just keeping his foot on the ground and getting out of those emptinesses. It may be an ugly two or three yards, but it’s a No negative runs.”

What clicked for Sanders? No problem. He said it’s mainly becoming more comfortable as an NFL player and self-scouting.

“The film is a little off, but mostly just for my fourth year in league and I have experience with a lot of the plays I play,” he said. “It’s really simple. I keep it as simple as possible. Read and give feedback on my reading and that’s what’s driving me success.”

Jason Kelce has played center in every professional game that Sanders has played, the good, the bad and everything in between.

He has closely watched Sanders’ growth.

“You see that he has become more and more comfortable and his vision has become more and more sharper every year,” Kelsey said.

“He’s always had talent, he’s always been an incredibly talented player and you just look at it. The more you repeat something and the more times you do something, the more confident you become and Usually the more confident you are, the faster decisions are made, and this probably plays a big factor in this.

“And also we are a better running team in general than when he was younger in his career. Not that we were bad then, but right now – especially with the quarterbacks we have – we have a lot Beneficial forms are also available. ”

Sanders, who ran 90 yards against the Lions and 82 versus the Vikings, recorded his 500th career on Monday night, and his 5.1 career average is now the highest in franchise history, surpassing only Randall Cunningham (6.6) and Donovan. McNabb (5.7).

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

His 5.1 career mark is the 7th highest in NFL history and higher than that of every Hall of Famer except Bobby Mitchell and Jim Brown.

And he’s still getting better.

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

“In these last two games, I’ve been really scoring some runs and I’ve had a few yards to spare just to watch the movie, but still the number of yards I’ve run in each game. Just keep feeling it.” And keep learning what Rekha wants to do, as far as blocking and marinating it to read and execute the play.”

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