Miles Sanders was at the tail end of a five-minute interview when one of the Eagles’ best players walked past on his way to the showers.
“Y’all better show little Boobie Miles some love too,” Fletcher Cox said.
Sanders’ nickname from the film “Friday Night Lights” has followed him into the NFL, along with his ability on the football field.
His teammates are taking notice. Heck, so is the rest of the city.
Sanders is beginning to show folks why the Eagles used the No. 53 pick on him in April — the highest pick the Eagles have used on a running back since Shady McCoy a decade earlier.
But when asked if he thinks he’s starting to show why they drafted him so high, Sanders was as humble as ever.
“I think I’m getting there,” he said with a smirk. “I don’t want to, you know, start saying stuff like that. I’m just trying to get better every day.”
For now, his play is doing enough talking.
And on Sunday night, the 22-year-old picked an opportune time to break out an impressive jump cut in front of 40,000 fans at the public practice at the Linc. He gave the Eagles’ faithful a little glimpse into what has the NovaCare Complex buzzing.
“In that situation,” Sanders explained, “I was just trying to get out of a messy situation and the outside just happened to be open, so I just took it.”
The jump cut is just one part of Sanders’ game but it’s the part that draws the “oohs” and “ahhs.” He said he’s pretty much always been able to make guys miss and he’s worked hard to take pieces from other great running backs. The best at the jump cut? Barry Sanders, he answered. Good answer.
It was fair to wonder how Sanders would look in training camp after missing the entirety of OTAs with a hamstring injury. And despite what you might have heard, Sanders doesn’t think he got behind during that time and he certainly hasn’t looked it at camp.
In fact, he’s looked so good over the last few weeks that it’s fair to start wondering about roles this season. Jordan Howard is the veteran in front of him, the Eagles still have Darren Sproles and Corey Clement is returning from injury, but Sanders is likely going to be a big part of the rotation.
If he keeps this up, they won’t be able to keep him off the field.
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