The Eagles’ second-round pick had 10 fumbles at Penn State, including five last season. Staley offered a detailed explanation of the four points of pressure for a ballcarrier to avoid fumbles.
“Some people say there’s three points, some people say it’s four. I believe it’s four,” Staley said. “And you have to understand when it comes to ball security, any time there’s air between you and the ball, there’s a problem.
“A lot of people talk about the elbow, pocket, the eagle claw and the ribs, that’s about it. But one of the things they don’t tell you about is locking the wrists. If you don’t lock the wrists, none of that matters.”
As a rookie, Sanders will need to demonstrate that he can hang onto the football and be up to NFL speed to carve out an impactful role in this Eagles offense. They signed former Bear Jordan Howard this offseason and most likely plan on using both RBs the way this Doug Pederson led offensive scheme has worked in the recent past - a backfield by committee.
Sanders is currently the 33rd RB being drafted in the late-sixth round, while Howard is leaving boards in the late-seventh to early eighth round as RB38.