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|Miles Sanders followed his former backfield mate at Penn State, joining an NFC East team in the NFL Draft. Although not as highly touted as Saquon Barkley, Sanders is a well-rounded player who could end up being the three-down back that the Eagles have struggled to find over the last few seasons.
Unfortunately for Sanders, the backfield of the Eagles is deep, and head coach Doug Pederson loves to use different backs in different formations. The team traded for veteran back Jordan Howard this offseason, and Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams are still on the roster.
It may take Sanders time to earn more carries, but there is no question that the Eagles offense is potent and there is a ton of fantasy value to be had there. The one area in which Sanders shines over his competitors, notably Howard, is in the passing game.
|Eagles bring back Darren Sproles|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 19, 5:00 pm
|Eagles have agreed to terms with RB Darren Sproles on a one-year contract. (Jeff McLance on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As usual the Eagles have a plethora of running backs on their depth chart to make fantasy owners angry and now they've added one more. At 36 years old, it's hard to imagine Sproles having a big role in the offense but the Eagles do have room for him as a kick returner. Miles Sanders has the talent and upside fantasy owners will want to target in the middle rounds.
|Eagles sticking with RBBC|
RB coach discusses committee approach
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jun 11, 8:00 am
|“We haven’t had that one guy since (LeSean McCoy). To have the type of backfield we have now, we’re going to share the ball and these guys understand that. We talk about if you’re going out there and your number is called, you just go out there and do the best you can during that play. Don’t worry about the course of the game … just take advantage of your number being called during that time ... These guys understand. It’s something we’ve been doing for a while.” (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Running backs coach Duce Staley continues to preach the committee approach and unless the position endures significant injury it's going to be tough for fantasy owners to peg the most worthy fantasy running back in any given week. Jordan Howard has received praise for his pass-catching chops in minicamp and rookie Miles Sanders, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood all figure to have their opportunities during the course of the season.