The 2020 NFL offseason has officially started for the Philadelphia Eagles. Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have a lot of decisions to make as they try to get this team back to Super Bowl contention. Specifically at the running back position considering no one ran away with the job this past season.
MILES SANDERS. Regular Season Stats: 613 snaps, 179 carries, 818 yards, 4.6 average, 3 TD … 50 targets, 509 yards, 10.2 average, 3 TD … 2 fumbles | Playoff stats: 49 snaps, 14 carries, 69 yards, 4.9 average
Sanders started the season off slowly averaging just 3.5 yards per carry in his first seven games. He became the lead horse in the second half of the season after starting running back, Jordan Howard, got injured. He was a strong receiver and averaged 5.2 yards per carry over the final nine games of the season. He led all rookies in total yards from scrimmage.
At just 22-years-old, the future is bright. He is projected to be the Eagles’ lead back for 2020 and moving forward. His balance as both a pass catcher and runner make him an every down back.
JORDAN HOWARD. Regular season stats: 280 snaps, 119 carries, 525 yards, 4.4 average, 6 TD … 14 targets, 10 receptions, 69 yards, 6.9 average (nice), 1 TD … 0 fumbles
The Eagles traded for Howard before the season in exchange for a late round 2020 Draft pick. He was easily the most efficient running back in the first half of the season before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 9 that was supposed to only be a stinger. However he ended up missing the rest of the season except for one snap. This was new territory for Howard as he only missed one game in his entire career before this.
Howard was perceived as an attractive free agent running back for most teams, but his second half injury has softened the hype. He has a strong track record of production with 897 career carries for a 4.3 average and 30 touchdowns. He’s also only 25 years old. It’s possible a team could give him a larger role and more money than Philadelphia, but if not, he could end up returning to the Eagles on a one-year contract. A reset that could translate into a big pay day if the 2020 season is successful.
BOSTON SCOTT. Regular season stats: 186 snaps, 61 carries, 245 yards, 4.0 average, 5 TD … 26 targets, 24 receptions, 204 yards, 8.5 average … 4 fumbles | Playoff stats: 21 snaps, 6 carries, 25 yards, 4.2 yards … 3 targets, 3 receptions, 23 yards
Scott was promoted to the 53-man roster in mid-October but he didn’t see meaningful playing time until December. Scott had a breakout game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 14 before continuing to be a valuable contributor down the stretch. Scott’s three touchdown game in Week 17 earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Watching Scott provide the Eagles’ offense with some much-needed pop was refreshing for Eagles fans.
Scott established himself as the Eagles’ new Darren Sproles. A match-up running back who gets a handful of carries and targets each week.