Miles Sanders sits out preseason opener as Eagles avoid tipping hand on run offense


Miles Sanders was a fascinating scratch for the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason opener versus the Steelers, specifically given that his lack from Thursday’s video game wasn’t health-related. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni just didn’t wish to run the risk of playing a back who’s going to be an essential part of his offense this year. 

“We simply seemed like we have actually seen him, we understand what he is, we understand that we’re thrilled about him,” Sirianni stated after the Eagles’ 24-16 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. “We’re truly thrilled about him, wishing to be keep him fresh and we’ll re-evaluate and take a look at next week and if he’ll play next week.”

Jordan Howard wound up beginning the video game for the Eagles, however just played 5 snaps in the contest. Boston Scott just played 5 snaps in the loss, while Kenneth Gainwell led all the backs with 19. Kerryon Johnson taped simply 8 snaps. In general, the Eagles called 29 pass plays to simply 11 run plays, so the running video game was practically nonexistent. 

Sirianni does not wish to tip his hand with anything the Eagles are doing this preseason, discussing it’s an “benefit” other groups do not have tape on what Philadelphia is running. 

“To state we’re going to reveal whatever Thursday or the following preseason video game or the following preseason video games, it’s simply not going to hold true,” Sirianni stated previously today. “That’s a benefit that we have that other personnels do not.”

When It Comes To Sanders not playing? He was great with being a healthy scratch for the preseason opener. The Eagles require him for the video games that count, anyhow. 

“I discussed to him, spoke with him. His running back coach Jemal [Singleton] spoke with him. We believed it was best for the group that he sat that a person out,” Sirianni stated. “He had a couple huge runs versus Pittsburgh in 2015, right? So, his individuals in Pittsburgh saw those huge runs in 2015.”

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