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Miles Sanders Signs Contract With Carolina Panthers

Miles Sanders is coming off a career year with 1,269 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns as he finished fifth overall in the league in rushing.
Miles Sanders

Running back Miles Sanders has signed with the Carolina Panthers. Sanders has spent all four years of his career thus far with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Miles Sanders, Carolina Panthers, Agree to Contract

Sanders had the best season of his career so far in 2022, finishing with 1,269 rushing yards (with 4.9 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns – both career highs. This was the first 1,000-yard season of his career, and it gained him his first Pro Bowl berth. He scored two touchdowns in the NFC Championship, but only had 16 yards on seven carries in the Super Bowl.

Sanders played in college for Penn State from 2016 to 2018 and went Second-Team All-Big Ten in 2018 after rushing for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns. He was drafted by the Eagles in 2019, and quickly became a big part of the running back committee, eventually becoming the primary starter. He finished with 818 yards and three touchdowns, along with 50 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns. Notably, those are the only receiving touchdowns of his career, and he has not been used as a receiving threat since then nearly as much. In fact, his receiving yardage total over the next three seasons combined is still less than the 509 receiving yards he had in his rookie year.

In 2020 Sanders rushed for 867 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. 2021 saw him play in only 12 games again and this time for 754 yards. He had a career-high 5.5 yards per carry but did not get in the end zone once that year. 2022 proved to be a bounce-back year for him as he stayed healthy and had a career year overall. He will be looking to keep the momentum going in 2023 from his big season.

Thus far in his career, Sanders has a total of 3,708 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, along with 942 receiving yards and three touchdowns.


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