Miles Sanders They just look different.
If you don’t think so, look at the tapes from Sanders’ first or second year.
Watch him freelance dance around and kick things outside as he tries to hit a home run.
And watch him move forward with the ball this year.
Both versions of Miles Sanders are very talented. The current version is much more efficient.
“Simply read it and react to it,” Sanders said Thursday. “It’s very simple: know what your reading is, react to it, and be more decisive.”
After two games, Sanders is seventh in the NFL with 88 yards per game in rushing and fourth in 5.9 yards per carry. He is 10th in attempts, but 5th in first downs.
But perhaps the most impressive number is three. That’s how many yards or less does Sanders have in 30 carries: He has 2 carries for minus 1 yards, and he has 1 carry for minus 2 yards.
He’s been gradually reducing his percentage of negative runs from 18% in rookies to 16% in 2020 and 12% to 10% this year.
He really changed the way he ran. He couldn’t run as big as he used to, but he got a better back.
In two years playing on Doug Pederson’s offense, Sanders has logged at least five 40-yard runs. He has had nothing in two years with Nick Siriani’s attack.
Still, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his first two years and 5.6 yards in his final two.
It’s like going from a .227 slugger with 30 home runs to a .320 hitter hitting the alley.
Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said, “He’s been great. It starts with the offensive line, but[the key]is his patience and his ability to hit it when it’s tight and gain yards.” it’s his vision.
“Sometimes the line of scrimmage is tight. He does a great job sticking his feet into the ground and getting through those gaps. It might be an ugly couple of yards, but it’s not a negative run.”
What clicked for Sanders? Nothing. He said he’s become more comfortable primarily as an NFL player and as a self-scout.
“It’s a little bit of a movie, but mostly I’m in my fourth year in the league and I’m just feeling a lot of the plays I’ve been doing,” he said. Responding to that is what makes me successful.”
Jason Kelce He’s played a central role in every professional game Sanders has played, good, bad, and everything in between.
He’s seen Sanders grow up close.
“You’ll see him getting more and more comfortable and his vision accelerating year after year,” said Kelce.
“He’s always been talented, he’s been an incredibly talented player, you see it. and decisions are made more quickly, which is probably a big factor.
“Plus, we have a better running team overall than he did when he was younger in his career. Not that we were bad then, but now, especially with the quarterback, a lot It also gets the favorable looks of
Sanders ran for 90 yards against the Lions and 82 against the Lions. The Vikings recorded his 500th career carry on Monday night, and his career average of 5.1 is now the highest in franchise history behind Randall Cunningham (6.6) and Donovan McNabb (5.7).
His 5.1 career points are the seventh-highest running back in NFL history and more than any other Hall of Famer besides Bobby Mitchell and Jim Brown.
And he’s still getting better.
“Of course, I want to read correctly every time, and sometimes I have to be patient,” he said.
“In the last two games, I’ve actually rushed a few runs and I’ve been a few yards away just watching the movie, but that’s still the yardage I got each game. Read the plays. As long as you run it, block it and marinate it, you just have to keep feeling and learning exactly what the line wants to do.”