Sun. Dec 6th, 2020

Eagles’ Miles Sanders drawing comparison to LeSean…

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Eagles' Miles Sanders drawing comparison to LeSean...

LANDOVER, Md. — After Sunday’s 37-27 win against the Washington Redskins, in which Miles Sanders paced the offense with 172 yards and two scores, veteran players on the Philadelphia Eagles were casually comparing the rookie to some of the best running backs of the past decade.

Left tackle Jason Peters thinks Sanders is a ringer for LeSean McCoy.

“He is on that Shady level. He’s smooth,” Peters said. “He can catch, split him out, same as we did with Shady. He’s going to be a good one.”

Standout right guard Brandon Brooks, meanwhile, argued he’s more like his former teammate in Houston, Arian Foster.

“Arian at his peak, there was nothing he couldn’t do: receive out of the backfield, making guys miss, taking the ball [the distance]. We ran a zone back then — one cut downhill. He reminds me of him a lot,” Brooks said.

Whatever comp you gravitate toward, the production can’t be denied.

With all three of the Eagles’ top receivers injured, and lead running back Jordan Howard sidelined since Week 9 with a stinger, Sanders is precisely the type of do-it-all player Philadelphia needed to emerge. On Sunday, he played the role of lead back, rushing for 122 yards and a score, as well as the role of a reliable receiver, making six catches on as many targets for 50 yards, including a beauty of a third-quarter pass and catch with quarterback Carson Wentz in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard TD.

That performance moved him past McCoy for most rushing yards as a rookie in franchise history (687) and ahead of DeSean Jackson for most rookie all-purpose yards (1,120).

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