Like Miles Sanders of Eagles, reinventing the way he runs

Miles Sanders just looks different.

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

Watch him dances and kicks objects outside while freelancing as he tries to smash through the house.

Then watch him take the ball this year and just keep going.

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

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

After two matches, Sanders is seventh in the NFL with 88 yards per game and fourth with 5.9 yards to lead. He is tenth in attempts but fifth in his first lows.

But perhaps the most impressive number is three. Carries no yards or less Sanders has for 30 carry. He has two leads for minus one yard and one lead for minus two.

It gradually cut its percentage of negative mileage from 18 percent as a rookie to 16 percent in 2020, down to 12 percent to 10 percent this year.

He has really changed the way he runs, and although he didn’t compete in the big runs he used to, he has become a better back.

In the two years he played in the Doug Pederson offensive, Sanders made five runs of at least 40 yards. There has been none in Nick Sirianni’s offensive in two years.

However, it averaged 4.9 yards per vector in the first two years and 5.6 over the last two years.

It’s like walking away from a fool who hits 30 householders but hits from a .227 to a .320 striker who splashes the ball into the aisles.

“He was amazing,” said offensive coordinator Shane Steichen. “It starts out at the front with that offensive line, but (the key is) his patience and his vision of hitting and getting those yards when it’s tight.

“It’s tight in there sometimes, a scuffle line. It does a pretty good job of just sticking a foot in the ground and punching through those empty spaces. It may be an ugly two or three meters, but it’s not a negative mileage.

What surprised Sanders? Thread. Mostly as an NFL player and freelance scouting, he said he felt more and more comfortable.

“I do a little filming, but mostly I’m just in the league for my fourth year and I have a feel for a lot of the games I play,” he said. “It’s really simple. I keep it as simple as possible. Read and react to my reading and that’s what makes me successful ”.

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

He had seen Sanders develop up close.

“You can see that he is feeling more and more comfortable and his vision is accelerating more and more every year,” Kelce said.

“He always had a talent, he was always an incredibly talented player and you just see it. The more you repeat something and the more times you do something, the more self-confident you become, and usually the more confident you are, the faster you make decisions, and that probably plays a big factor in it.

“And also overall we are just a better team of runners than when he was young in his career. Not because we were bad then, but now – especially with the quarterback we have – we also have a lot of advantageous appearances.

Sanders, who rushed 90 yards against the Lions and 82 against the Vikings, registered his 500th career on Monday night with his career average of 5.1 now the highest with running backwards in franchise history, only ahead of Randall Cunningham (6.6) and Donovan McNabb (5.7).

His average of 5.6 over the past two years is equal to the highest in the NFL with Jalen Hurts and Nick Chubb (before Thursday night).

His career score of 5.1 ranks 7th in NFL history among runners and is higher than any Hall of Famer except Bobby Mitchell and Jim Brown.

And it keeps getting better.

“Of course, I want to read well every time, and sometimes you have to be patient,” he said.

“In the last two games, I actually rushed off a few runs and left a few yards just watching the movie, but still ended up with the amount of yards I had in each game. I just have to keep feeling and learning exactly what the line wants to do when it comes to blocking and marinating until reading and completing the play.

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