Sleeper In Miles Sanders?

April 6th, 2019


The running attack of the Bucs is abominable. Has been for too long. We all know that.

Joe has been watching “All or Nothing” on Amazon of late, featuring the 2015 Bruce Arians-led Cardinals. It’s the full-season version of “Hard Knocks” produced by NFL Films. As one can imagine coming from NFL Films, it is very good.

Despite Arians being a no-risk-it-no-biscuit kind of a guy, and having Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown on his roster, Arians went full ground-and-pound in Week 2 against the Bears running ancient Chris Johnson 20 times.

That right there tells Joe that Arians is not a one-trick pony. And we do know that the Bucs have sent running backs coach Todd McNair to privately work out Penn State running back Miles Sanders and Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield.

Could the Bucs be looking to trade up into the second round from the third and grab a running back? If so, Sanders sure seems to be a sleeper.

Sanders had limited carries with Penn State because there was a logjam at tailback. You may have heard of Penn State’s running back recently, a guy named “Saquon Barkley.” So Sanders really only had one year to showcase himself.

Evan Silva of documented how many NFL analysts are big fans of Sanders.

The more Joe reads about this Sanders and knowing how the Bucs worked him out and how the Bucs have had a garbage rushing attack for too long, combined with how Arians will run the ball a lot when needed, Joe would not be shocked if Sanders is picked earlier than many believe. And picked by the Bucs.

25 Responses to “Sleeper In Miles Sanders?”

  1. whaaatttsss uuuup Says:

    he rocks!!

  2. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans) Says:

    Miles Sanders can be our David Johnson.

    I would love to pickup an extra 2nd Rd pick via trade (McCoy or Brate) and then snag Miles Sanders with that extra pick…

  3. East Orlando Pred Says:

    Miles Sanders reminds me of a slower Peyton Barber.

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    OL help first….so no trade up into 2nd round for me…build the trenches…have we not learned that yet ?…drafted all those sharp pointy tool for Jameis and they have taken a beating ….

  5. Arian Nation Says:

    Since Jacobs is falling because of slow 40 times, Sanders may be an early 2nd rounder.

    Darrell Henderson is faster, a better receiver,, better blocker, more productive (25 TD’s) 2200 yards and will be an easy 3rd round pick without reaching and spending valuable draft capital.

    Holyfield is freakishly slow for a RB and will probably not be drafted.

  6. Joe Says:

    Miles Sanders reminds me of a slower Peyton Barber.

    Peyton Barber combine 40-time 4.64.
    Miles Sanders combine 40 time 4.49.

  7. SeffnerSal Says:

    Holy Hell! This makes two in a row! Sheesh. I know it won’t last long at all, but the @Joe’s have used 2 consecutive QUALITY credentialed cats for sourcing the last two player-related stories, if I’m not mistaken. THAT…has to be some sort of record.

    Evan Silva is a brilliant fantasy, strategic mind that co-founded PFT with Florio for those that might not directly know, broke off to start Rotoworld with others, and does an amazing job in all aspects over there.

    First Gil Brandt, then Evan Silva. Damn. @Joe’s got a couple articles sourced, spot on!

    Now about Sanders, yeah, decent to good RB in many phases, a lot of eyes on him now, might be over-drafted, both because of following Saquon out of PSU, but also because he’s fairly well rounded, other than blitz pickup.

    I’m gonna roll with David Montgomery as my choice in round 3 for the Bucs. A bit faster, more slippery in between the tackles, and compares favorably in the passing game, pass pro, blitz pickup on 3rd down. And no notable injury history like that fool Anderson, or so many others. David Montgomery in round 3.

    @Joe’s…well done. 2 in a row. An article is only as good as whose analysis it’s based on….sourcing.

  8. BuccOff Says:

    Grow up…@Joe’s….

    And yeah, Montgomery over Sanders sounds good!

  9. Tony Says:

    Watch some film of Damon Harris he is the best running back in the draft

  10. BigHog Says:

    Stop being scared to be great…take Mr. Anderson!!! ….he will be full/duty by mid season!!

  11. Jim Says:

    Penn State.

  12. Not there yet Says:

    This isn’t a sleeper pick dude can ball

  13. DB55 Says:

    Chris Johnson is who we need to bring in to help coach up Ronald Jones. They’re basically the same cat. CJ2k was a beast, same size, prob same speed and quickness. Maybe BA can bring him in as one of the interns.

    Again if you’re trading up to draft a RB in the second after drafting a RB in the second last year you’re a bum a bonafide bum I say.

    Give luvmybucs the GM job he know a hellava lot more than bud lite. Smdh

  14. DB55 Says:

    If you really want a beast at RB trade Gruden for Chris Warren – Baby beastmode as I call him.

  15. DB55 Says:

    Thw only thing that can hold Gruden back this year is Derek Carr. Next year he’ll sign Jaboowins and take over as the nfls new dynasty.

  16. Smashsquatch Says:

    RB talent is easy to find. When you reach for it, you pay. CJ Anderson looked like a HOF RB when he was plucked off the street. A bunch of fans here moaned when the Bucs didn’t sign him. He’s overweight, slow and lacks wiggle yet in the right system he looked good. RB should be the least of our concerns. If we (I mean Jameis) stop turning the ball over so much and the defense shows up for work, the run game will improve. Phillip Lindsay-UDFA…..

  17. Joeypoppems Says:

    I just dont know how I feel about using another day 2 pick on a RB. I understand the need, but man, every year late round RBs produce in the league. RBs seem to be the easiest position to translate to the NFL.

    Would rather see them address more important needs in rounds 2 and 3 that are harder to find starters for. If they came away with a starting RB from day 3 it could help make the draft class look great potentially.

  18. rrsrq Says:

    Has to be OL, DL/LB Or DB in the first three rounds. We truly haven’t seen our best at RB consistently, Peyton Barber likely catches better than DK used him, Shaun Wilson can catch and likely in his 2nd year, he will be better, ROJO, well we just have to find out when he is used and not just put in the game and the other team, the defense, the fans knew he was getting the ball.

  19. The Coroner Says:

    Darrell Henderson
    Elijah Holyfield

  20. Clean House Says:

    Why not take a stab at aaf Trent Richardson?
    He was running hard, seemed focused and has more upside than our inept side show circus. Should have got AD back a few years ago but no the Genius passed as he ran for over 1,000

  21. catcard202 Says:

    Snell Yeah, Buc Fans!

  22. Anonymous Says:

    A #2 on a RB. No Way.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Montgomery is too slow and an upper arm injury hindered his blocking last year so not a good candidate for third down back. Sanders has fumbling problems and he only had 138 yards catching the ball in his career and his yak was poor. Lindy’s ranks him a 5th-6th round pick and he is no third down back; so if Licht takes him high in the draft it is a major mistake! Lindys by contrast ranks Snell the fourth best RB in the draft. Snell is our best chance for our third down back and can replace Barber if he is injured! I agree that Richardson is a hard running back and is available now that the AAF is gone, and Harris would be fine but it would cost us a second pick to get him. We don’t need any more change of pace backs since we have 3 already, so Henderson is out. Or we can bulk up Ogunbowale and develop him perhaps into a third down back and back up for Barber. He has good speed and elududes tackles and runs hard.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    Joe are you censoring my posts for some reason because a number of my posts have not made your blog?

  25. Joe Says:


    Joe are you censoring my posts for some reason because a number of my posts have not made your blog?

    Why would Joe target you? Joe doesn’t know who you are?