Miles Sanders – Running Back
Having only played in three games, Sanders has 314 scrimmage yards and has carried the running game thus far. Sanders boasts a nice 4.6 yards per carry as well. Underwhelming seasons from backups Boston Scott and Corey Clement have made Sanders all the more valuable to the running game. Though Sanders has not found the end zone yet, look for that to change very soon. If not for some errant throws, those numbers for Sanders could be even better.
As the season goes on, look for the former Nittany Lion to get an increasing number of touches per game. The former 2nd round pick has shown incredible ability in the passing game as well. The days of a “RBBC”, or Running Back by Committee are now over. This offense now flows through one featured back, and his name is Miles Sanders.
Other Notable players on Offense: Jason Kelce, Zach Ertz
Malik Jackson – Defensive Tackle
Jackson has been serving as the teams third DT now that both Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave are both healthy. He has been making the best use of his time with 8 tackles, a fumble recovery and a half sack to his credit. What does not show up on the stat sheet is the relentless effort and pressure on every play. Jackson’s versatility has been fantastic so far, lining up both inside and out on any given play.
Under Defensive Line coach Matt Burke, Jackson and other Defensive Linemen have been wreaking havoc on opposing Offenses. In fact, the Eagles lead the league with 17 sacks. Jackson and the rest of this D-Line have been proving their worth so far this season. Under Jim Schwartz and his Wide 9 scheme, the Defensive Line play means everything. If this group can stay healthy, look for Malik Jackson and others to have dominant seasons.
Other notable Defensive Players: Darius Slay, Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat
Cameron Johnston – Punter
We’ve covered offense and defense, why not some special teams as well? Punter Cameron Johnston has had a tremendous start to the season. Now, having to punt 19 times isn’t the greatest thing for the Eagles, but, Johnston has been crushing the ball. He ranks third in the NFL in average punt with 51.6 yards per punt. Not to mention, 10 of his 19 punts have landed inside the 20. Only 2 of those 19 total punts have been touchbacks.
The Eagles need all three phases of the game to be spot on during a win. Having a top 5 punter in the league this season, the Eagles have the ability to pin teams deep in their own territory. This bodes well for an Offense that has not put it all together after four weeks. The former Ohio State Buckeye has proven his worth so far in 2020.
Other notable Special Teams Players: Rudy Ford
As 25% of the season has come and gone, the Eagles face many dark days ahead. Upcoming games against the Steelers and Ravens could provide some doom and gloom in Philly. These players highlighted above serve as beacons of light for the Eagles in 2020. Regardless of the direction the team heads in, fans in Philly will be able to count on these guys to get the job done.
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