Eagles running back Miles Sanders had a fantastic rookie year, but he's made it clear this offseason that his sights are set much higher for his follow-up season.
As in, MVP height.
A video from Sanders' personal Instagram account went mildly viral Wednesday, in which a mid-workout Sanders repeatedly says the phrase "MVP Year":
Having a running back who feels he should be in the MVP conversation is a welcome change of pace for Eagles fans after years of stop-gap measures at the position. What a feeling.
Sanders apparently received a little heat, or at least felt he might, online for the prediction, so he took to Twitter to defend what he said:
My confidence is through the roof and I know what I can do for this team, I ain’t apologizing for saying that, just don’t be surprised when it happen!— Miles Sanders (@BoobieMilesXXIV) May 20, 2020
I love it. If you're going to say it, say it. Sanders is currently +20000 to win MVP on DraftKings, behind guys like Taysom Hill and Mitchell Trubisky. The chip on his shoulder is real.
Sanders has spent time this offseason working out with his good friend Saquon Barkley, probably the best pure running back in the NFL, and he seems intent on reaching the NFL's elite running back tier sooner rather than later.
During a Tuesday radio appearance, Sanders said he expects the whole Eagles' offense to have a huge 2020:
'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.'
If Sanders has an MVP-worthy season, and the Eagles' other primary offensive contributors remain healthy, the Birds will be resting near the top of a competitive NFC.
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