Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Carolina Panthers
Questionable
Injury Heel
Est. Return 6/15/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Frank Reich's plan to surround Bryce Young with reliable, veteran skill players last season was a massive failure. Sanders stumbled to career lows in rushing yards and yards per carry, as defenses had little reason to worry about Carolina's passing game and the team's offensive line couldn't open holes for him. Chuba Hubbard quickly passed the former Eagle on the depth chart, and the Panthers grabbed Jonathon Brooks in the second round of the 2024 draft to eventually become their new feature back. Once Brooks proved he's fully recovered from his knee injury, Sanders could struggle to find snaps. Read Past Outlooks
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#173.55
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$Signed a four-year, $25.4 million contract with the Panthers in March of 2023.
Dealing with heel injury
RBCarolina Panthers
Heel
June 4, 2024
Sanders sat out minicamp practice Tuesday with a heel injury, Alex Zietlow of The Charlotte Obeserver reports.
ANALYSIS
Coach Dave Canales said Sanders had something "flare up" with his heel, and he's missing practice time this week. Overall, it doesn't sound like a serious issue for Sanders, but he's missing valuable reps with his new coaching staff. The Panthers drafted Jonathon Brooks in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft to join Chuba Hubbard in the backfield, so Sanders looks like he's going to head into training camp no higher than third on the running back depth chart. His inability to play special teams would make him a tough player to have active on game days if that's the case.
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How do Miles Sanders' 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
10.1%
 
Positive Run %
77.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
69.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
0.8%
 
Touches Per Game
9.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.3%
 
% Team Targets
7.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.9%
 
Drop Rate
7.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.3
 
% Targeted On Route
19.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.73
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Miles Sanders' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
211 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.89 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
30.63 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Team adds backfield competition
RBCarolina Panthers
April 28, 2024
Sanders will face additional competition for touches from Jonathon Brooks, whom the Panthers selected in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft.
ANALYSIS
Brooks is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in November while playing for Texas, but that didn't stop him from being the first running back drafted in 2024 at 46th overall. Sanders has a chance to carve out a larger role under a new coaching staff after losing the starting job to Chuba Hubbard last year, but the former Eagles running back will be fighting an uphill battle for touches against both Brooks and Hubbard.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sanders may have preferred to stay in Philadelphia, where the running is easy and the touchdowns plentiful, but with the Panthers he'll make more money and have a secure rushing workload. Whereas the Panthers appear dependent on Sanders for regular production, the Eagles had a variety of options at their disposal and would sometimes go away from Sanders in the game plan. He'll likely have a a worse per-carry average and lower TD rate with the Panthers, but he may also get more overall touches after averaging 13.5 to 16.4 per game in four seasons with the Eagles. It could be a worthwhile tradeoff, especially if new coach Frank Reich can get the Panthers offense into some kind of shape. Chuba Hubbard looms as a capable alternative, but he's not as gifted of a runner as Sanders and might get the bulk of his work on passing downs, where Sanders is less useful. While that might come with risk of getting phased when the Panthers abandon the run, it's also possible Sanders gets more involved in the passing game (only 20 catches last year) on early downs as a check-down for rookie QB Bryce Young.
Injuries limited Sanders to 12 games both of the past two seasons, following a 16-game rookie campaign with 1,327 total yards. He did average a career-high 5.5 yards per carry last year behind a strong offensive line, but spotty usage cratered his fantasy value all the same as Sanders failed to score a touchdown all season. Now entering the final year of his rookie contract, the 2019 second-round pick has another shot in the starting role after the Eagles opted against any high-profile additions to their backfield in the offseason. However, Sanders averaged only 11.4 carries and 2.8 targets per game as the starter last year, and he again figures to lose some touches to veteran Boston Scott and 2021 fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell. Beyond that, the Eagles have a dual-threat QB who eats up a lot of volume on the ground, and their passing game could be emphasized more with WR A.J. Brown joining WR DeVonta Smith and TE Dallas Goedert. It all points to a modest ceiling for Sanders, who could see the Eagles looking for an upgrade once his contract expires.
Sanders didn't quite have a breakout in 2020, but on a per-game basis his rushing numbers took a big step forward from his rookie campaign. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to play a full 16 games, as lower-body injuries cost him Week 1, Week 17 and two games in between. Sanders has proven he's a dangerous big-play threat, reeling off three carries of 40 yards or more last year, and his 5.3 yards per carry was fifth among RBs. His receiving numbers tumbled significantly compared to his rookie year - in part due to seven drops - but the Eagles' quarterback turmoil was a huge factor. Whether he sees more targets in 2021 is a big question as Jalen Hurts takes over at QB and a new coaching staff takes the helm. Sanders did take 46 carries for 236 yards and three TDs in the three games he played last season with Hurts as the starting QB, adding nine receptions for 74 yards on 13 targets. The late-season surge will surely be noted by new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, who had no problem getting the ball to Austin Ekeler (when healthy) with the Chargers. While receiving volume and overall quality of the offense are major concerns, Sanders appears secure as the lead runner in Philadelphia.
Stuck behind Jordan Howard to begin the season, Sanders claimed the top spot in the Eagles backfield after the team's Week 10 bye, and his pace in the final seven games would prorate to 1,100 rushing yards over a full season. The 2019 second-round pick also proved to be a capable receiver, with his 8.1 YPT good for third in the league among RBs behind Austin Ekeler and Dalvin Cook. Sanders dealt with nagging shoulder and ankle injuries during the year but still suited up for all 16 games, and he added an MCL sprain to his medical chart in a wild-card loss to the Seahawks. Barring a late addition to the depth chart, the Eagles seem content to roll into 2020 with only Boston Scott and Corey Clement to back up Sanders - a situation that could lead to a big workload if he can hold up under it. On the other hand, coach Doug Pederson has a long history favoring committee backfields, often involving three runners in his weekly game plans. Tough competition or not, Sanders could find himself capped south of 20 touches per week.
Sanders only got a chance to start for one year at Penn State after Saquon Barkley left, showing enough in his final collegiate season to get drafted in the second round in 2019. A smooth, natural runner, Sanders doesn't flash any elite traits but at least shows above-average elusiveness, balance and vision, allowing him to navigate traffic and get to the second level with consistency. He can also contribute in the passing game. At 5-11, 211, Sanders doesn't display a lot of power or burst, and, according to scouts, can dance too much in the backfield, a habit he'll need to break quickly to thrive in the NFL. Sanders joins an Eagles backfield now topped by former Bears bulldozer Jordan Howard, along with holdovers Darren Sproles, Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Given the competition, the rookie needs to make a strong impression in camp to avoid being buried on the depth chart. Assuming he holds his own, Sanders could provide an effective complement to Howard, ceding short-yardage carries to the bruiser but making a strong case for regular work in other situations. Running behind an excellent offensive line as part of a potent offense, Sanders could put up useful numbers even without an official starting role.
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Joined by rookie second-rounder
RBCarolina Panthers
April 29, 2024
Sanders faces competition from rookie second-round pick Jonathon Brooks (knee) for backfield work during the 2024 season, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
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Disappoints in first season in Carolina
RBCarolina Panthers
January 10, 2024
Sanders carried three times for 18 yards across six snaps in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Gets back to full participation
RBCarolina Panthers
January 4, 2024
Sanders (illness) was a full practice participant Thursday.
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Tending to illness this week
RBCarolina Panthers
Illness
January 3, 2024
Sanders was held out of Wednesday's practice due to an illness, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
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Gets four touches
RBCarolina Panthers
January 2, 2024
Sanders rushed two times for 10 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 26-0 loss to the Jaguars.
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