2022 is the final season in running back Miles Sanders’ rookie contract, and he wasn’t going out without a bang. On Sunday, Sanders completed 1,000+ receiving yards for the first time in four seasons — a career-high.
MILES SANDERS SETS CAREER-HIGH
This season is a stark contrast to the 2021 season for Eagles’ running back Miles Sanders.
|Games Played||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Rushing Touchdowns|
|2022||13 (as of 12/11/22)||204||1,068||11|
Before we compare stats, it’s imperative to point out two keys differences from last season. The first was the massive lack of a run game throughout the first few weeks of the 2021 season — not Sanders’ fault.
The second issue was the two injuries Sanders sustained last season. Once Philadelphia’s rush game picked up, Sanders lost an opportunity to accrue yardage, missing a total of five games.
Sanders finished with a career-low in rushing attempts, total yardage, and zero touchdowns.
But now he’s making up for lost times.
Returning for the 2022 season healthy, and the opportunity to participate in an actual run game, Sanders has 1,068 rushing yards throughout 13 games — a career-high. And, his first season clearing 1,000 at that.
He is now the first Eagles’ running back with 1,000+ rush yards in a season since LeSean McCoy in 2014.
During the Eagles’ Week 14 matchup against NFC East rival, the New York Giants, Sanders also finished with a career-high 144 rushing yards. After scoring two touchdowns, he now has 11 total. Sanders is now in the running with two other nominees for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.
If Sanders continues in the direction he’s currently running in, he will undoubtedly receive a contract extension. The only questions will be for how long and how much.
Sanders and the Philadelphia Eagles will continue their battle on the road. For Week 15 they travel to Chicago to play the Bears on Sunday, December 18 at 1 PM.