It was his first NFL game, but that didn’t prevent the Eagles from showing that Miles Sanders might simply be their lead back this season.
While his numbers weren’t very good — 11 carries for 25 yards — Sanders did have a 21-yard touchdown called back and showed great burst on a 19-yarder earlier in the game. And he showed off his pass protection by standing up a linebacker against Washington.
The breakdown from this game should show you what the Eagles think about Sanders:
It seems surprising because Sproles led the team in yards rushing with 49. Sanders did have TD run called back on a penalty, but it's worth noting that Sanders more than doubled Howard's snaps. The team did ride Sproles for a period in the game but it was Sanders who led the way overall. As the story said, it seems like the Eagles started the season wanting to give Sanders the majority of the workload.
PHI RB Darren Sproles - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 2 at Atlanta
Veteran Darren Sproles had the best production of any Eagles running back last week as he ended up with 12 touches for 63 yards. He is still third on the depth chart but did get on the field for 31% of the snaps which was actually more than backup RB Jordan Howard. Sproles is 36 years old but still can play.
The Falcons are up next and are 25th in aFPA to running backs. Sproles production is encouraging and against a poor defense should be similar but the time on the field is limited because of Howard and Miles Sanders. Not enough value there for Sproles to be on your roster quite yet.