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Eagles clear RB depth map after activating Miles Sanders

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The Philadelphia Eagles own the biggest rushing attack in the NFC. Imagine. For three straight weeks of pound-and-ground football, they averaged 144.3 yards per game, third-best in the NFL behind the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

Nick Sirianni’s team has accumulated 761 of their 1,443 rushing yards since that brutal Las Vegas week 7 loss. What’s even more impressive is that the Eagles made it to injured reserve with their return start. Now Miles Sanders will return after being activated to the 21-day practice window. There is a chance he could face the New Orleans Saints this week, according to Sirianni. He will be used again as an RBI, provided he looks healthy enough in practice.

“He has to practice and see how he looks” Sirianni told reporters. “If he looks healthy, he definitely is [in]. He’s one of our best players. He will definitely leave when he looks healthy. “

Sirianni promised a better update on Friday November 19th after seeing how he reacts to two days of training. Sanders rehabilitates himself from a sprained ankle and has to show he can cut it. Jordan Howard and Boston Scott have the load on his Absence of three games – 181 yards for Scott, 211 for Howard – and should continue to play big roles. The first year head coach doesn’t believe in putting boys on the bench for injury, though it all depends on the situation.

“I know how good Miles Sanders is for a player and I look forward to getting him back in the game and wearing him,” said Sirianni. “And just really good work from Jordan and Boston and Kenny [Gainwell] to be filled out.

“When Miles is healthy and ready to go, he’s our starter. But that doesn’t mean that is all – that every situation is the same, does it? Because you have to be able to adapt to every situation and there are different circumstances and different thought processes behind every situation. “

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Sirianni released the players after their away win in Denver on Monday. It was an additional day of rest as Tuesdays is the normal scheduled day of rest.

He also announced that the team will be limited to a walk-through on Wednesday as the guys need to keep their bodies fresh at this time of year. The Eagles won’t get a bye until week 14 (December 12th), so it’s important to watch out for conditioning. Injuries from wear and tear can ruin any playoff run possible.

“Today is going to be a day we’ll go through,” Sirianni said. “We’re later in the season, we have a late goodbye and I want to take care of these guys’ bodies and make sure they are 100% fresh on Sunday. And so we will go on foot today. “

That doesn’t mean Sirianni won’t rush them. He would like to use the walk-through to get mental rape rather than physical.

“We’re not going to be running around out there,” Sirianni said, “but we have to make sure we get better in the sense that we’re mentally ready to go. You are at full speed for snap-in walk-through. That means that your mind is working, you break through the crush in the same aspect that your mind is working at full speed, boom, the snapshot happens and now we come to a walk-through. “

Cornerback Kill Darius was voted NFC Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first time an Eagles player has earned the honor since Fletcher Cox in 2018. Slay’s 83-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was the decisive factor for the award and the turning point in a 30-13 win over Denver. However, this was not the only reason.

The three-time pro bowler only allowed one catch on two targets in week 10. Pro Football Focus ranks Slay with an overall grade of 75.0 and coverage of 75.6 as the 14th best cornerback in football. He has also been spotted play a wide receiver in practice.

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