Each week throughout the season, I’ll cover at least two rookies in the Rookie Report Card and try to always include the biggest performers from that particular week. On top of reviewing my expectations for each player coming into the league and how well he’s lived up to those expectations at the NFL level to this point, I’ll grade the player in three categories. Those categories are performance to date, 2019 potential and long term upside.
Miles Sanders, RB PHI
Week Six Stats: Three carries, six rushing yards, three receptions, 86 receiving yards (three targets), one touchdown reception.
In the months leading up to the NFL Draft, Miles Sanders was my top ranked running back. Although his time at Penn State was mostly spent as the understudy to Saquon Barkley, when he finally got the opportunity to be a bell cow tailback with the Nittany Lions, he displayed all of the traits that dynasty owners look for in a workhorse running back.
Patient and instinctive at the point of attack, Sanders shows great awareness for when to ease into a run and when to be aggressive. When a crease forms, he shows good burst and excellent balance when taking contact at the first and second level of the defense.
His footwork, both sliding into a running lane when running between the tackles and on the perimeter when trying to shake a defender in the open field, are as impressive as anybody coming out in recent years. His proven history as a pass catcher made him one of the top playmakers available in the 2019 NFL Draft.