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Miles Sanders thinks Eagles will be more explosive, aggressive in 2020

Miles Sanders thinks Eagles will be more explosive, aggressive in 2020

Miles Sanders was one of the most explosive players on the Eagles’ offense during his rookie season. 

He expects more of that from the guys around him in 2020. 

Sanders was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday night and said he’s “super excited” about the addition of second-round pick Jalen Hurts and the possibilities that might bring to the offense. 

The sky’s through the roof with what we can do with [Carson Wentz and Hurts] and the other guys on the team,” Sanders said. 

“We’re faster and we got more depth and more explosive and more aggressive too. That’s what I like too. We’re definitely going to be aggressive. I can see us being aggressive this year with the amount of talent we have. Jalen is definitely going to be a part of that, I feel like.

Once DeSean Jackson went down in 2019, the Eagles definitely lost a lot of their explosiveness. The Eagles still attempted more fourth down conversions than all but one other team in the NFL but they certainly didn’t feel as aggressive in 2020. 

According to Sharp Football, the Eagles’ ranked 22nd in the NFL last season in explosive plays — runs of 10+ yards, passes of 15+ yards. Just over 9% of their offensive plays last year were deemed explosive. 

On a team that might have lacked explosiveness in 2019, Sanders was a clear exception. He accounted for 30 of the Eagles’ 108 total explosive plays as a rookie, doing it in both the pass and run game. He finished with 1,327 yards from scrimmage, good for a new Eagles rookie record. 

But Sanders didn’t really take off until Jordan Howard got hurt. After he became the full-time starter, Sanders became a different player. 

He “absolutely” sees that lead role continuing in 2020. 

“I believe that’s why they drafted me in the first place,” Sanders said. “It was really just a switch that honestly just turned. All of a sudden, I was the starting running back. I didn’t start at the beginning of the season. I just looked at the opportunity and I just attacked it.” 

In the last seven games of his rookie season, after Howard went down, Sanders had 482 rushing yards (4.68 yards per attempt) and 204 receiving yards. He became the focal point of the Eagles’ offense. 

Even if the Eagles add another veteran to the mix, Sanders is clearly the lead back going forward. 

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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

ESPN's decision to seize on the success of "The Last Dance" by teasing a similar documentary about Tom Brady has grabbed sports fans' attention, even if the doc doesn't come out until 2021.

And while reliving Brady's greatest accomplishments isn't an ideal way to spend several hours, the way the Eagles are intertwined with Brady's Patriots legacy certainly suggests there will be tons of insights for Philly fans in the final product.

Like, maybe, Brady saying he feels the fabled 'Patriot Way' began because of the Eagles.

Here's the doc's producer Gotham Chopra, talking to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, on the way Brady viewed his time in New England:

CHOPRA: There was something we recently did on that 2004 Super Bowl, where he talked about the culture of that team. All this stuff you hear about Patriot Way, and Do Your Job, stuff that Bill has created over the years, the philosophies, this is the year that really happened.

He’s like, ‘First year, kind of a miracle. The next Super Bowl, O.K., now we’re getting our feel. And that first Eagles Super Bowl, this is where the Patriot Way was born.’

Welp.

Odds are good the Patriots would've been great for the last 15 years no matter what, but it's sort of frustrating to know the Eagles losing to Brady helped, at least in Brady's mind, establish New England's brand of success.

Who knows: If Donovan McNabb & Co. managed to pull out the win, maybe we would've had a very different last 15 years.

One thing Eagles fans can get excited for, at least, is Brady's reaction to losing Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

It's unclear how much behind-the-scenes stuff we'll see from the game - Chopra said Brady suddenly got cold feet about filming in Minneapolis that week - but It sounds like it really changed him as a person:

CHOPRA: What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like [Michael] Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.

It's so strange to think how, despite playing in a different conference, the Eagles have played a pretty significant role in shaping the way the world sees Brady and the Patriots.

For better, and for worse.

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