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Sanders was a colossal bust in 2023 after signing a contract that was expected to make him the Panthers' lead back. He finished with just 423 rushing yards and one TD, managed just two weeks in the top 24 at RB and was barely rosterable for the entire second half of the season. Carolina drafted Jonathon Brooks with early draft capital and he is expected to take over lead duties when healthy. If not Brooks, Chuba Hubbard is likely to open camp ahead of Sanders on the depth chart. Sanders is not worth drafting in 2024.

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2023 432 3.35 1 2 27 154 513.2
2022 1269 4.90 11 2 20 78 18711
3y Avg. 818 4.67 4 2 24 130 986.5
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Dealing with heel injury

    Sanders sat out minicamp practice Tuesday with a heel injury, Alex Zietlow of The Charlotte Obeserver reports. Coach Dave Canales said Sanders had something "flare up" with his heel, and he's missing practice time this week. Overall, it doesn't sound like a serious issue for Sanders, but he's missing valuable reps with his new coaching staff. The Panthers drafted Jonathon Brooks in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft to join Chuba Hubbard in the backfield, so Sanders looks like he's going to head into training camp no higher than third on the running back depth chart. His inability to play special teams would make him a tough player to have active on game days if that's the case.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Joined by rookie second-rounder

    Sanders faces competition from rookie second-round pick Jonathon Brooks (knee) for backfield work during the 2024 season, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports. Sanders was overtaken by Chuba Hubbard down the stretch of the 2023 season, in which he logged a career-low 129 carries for 432 yards (3.3 YPC) and one touchdown, so the arrival of Brooks could impact his opportunities. First-year coach Dave Canales said the Panthers plan to deploy all three backs, and Brooks is working his way back from an ACL tear, so Sanders' primary competition for touches could be Hubbard to begin the year. It's easy to imagine a scenario, though, where Brooks earns himself a more solidified role atop the depth chart once he's fully healthy.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Disappoints in first season in Carolina

    Sanders carried three times for 18 yards across six snaps in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers. Sanders was a major disappointment in his first season in Carolina after inking a four-year, $25.4 million contract in the offseason. After producing a career-best 1,347 yards from scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns for the Eagles in 2022, Sanders' numbers took a big step back while he moved to a dreadful Carolina offense. He finished the campaign with a career-low 129 carries for 432 yards (3.3 average) and one touchdown to go with 27 catches for 154 scoreless yards on 41 targets over his 16 appearances. Sanders' poor efficiency as a rusher eventually resulted in him falling behind Chuba Hubbard on the depth chart, with Sanders failing to log double-digit targets in any of his final four contests. With Sanders and Hubbard under contract next season, the two could be thrust into a competition for the starting role heading into 2024 while the Panthers bring in a new coaching staff.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Gets back to full participation

    Sanders (illness) was a full practice participant Thursday. Sanders wasn't able to mix into drills Wednesday due to an illness, but it didn't impact his practice reps one day later. He's thus set to continue serving as Chuba Hubbard's primary backup Sunday versus the Buccaneers, but such a role hasn't yielded much production of late, as Sanders has managed just 43 yards from scrimmage on 16 touches over the last three games.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Tending to illness this week

    Sanders was held out of Wednesday's practice due to an illness, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Sanders has taken a back seat to fellow running back Chuba Hubbard over the last three games, earning 16 touches versus the latter's 56 during that span. His output has also been lacking during that stretch, as Sanders has totaled just 43 yards from scrimmage and no touchdowns. He has two more chances remaining this week to mix into drills before the Panthers potentially give him a designation for Sunday's contest versus the Buccaneers.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Gets four touches

    Sanders rushed two times for 10 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 26-0 loss to the Jaguars. Sanders played only 13 offensive snaps, marking his second-lowest tally of the campaign. With limited production to boot, he approaches Sunday's season finale against the Buccaneers with his stock continuing a downward trend.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Toe no longer an issue

    Sanders (toe) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. Sanders hurt his toe during this past Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Packers, but his full participation Wednesday suggests the running back isn't dealing with any lingering effects from the injury. He should continue to work as the backup to Chuba Hubbard -- who was a limited participant Wednesday due to a hamstring injury -- in Week 17 against the Jaguars.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Injures toe Sunday

    Interim coach Chris Tabor noted after Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Packers that Sanders is dealing with a toe injury, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Sanders finished up the contest with three carries for three yards and one catch on two targets for five yards, while working behind Chuba Hubbard. The severity of the running back's toe issue remains to be seen, but Sanders figures to appear on the Panthers' injury report ahead of next weekend's game against the Jaguars.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Barely double-digit yards

    Sanders rushed six times for two yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 9-7 win over the Falcons. Sanders' 16 offensive snaps marked his second lowest this season. With minimal production, he did nothing to cut into Chuba Hubbard's workload. Along with unseating Sanders as Carolina's starting tailback, Hubbard has totaled at least 92 yards from scrimmage in four straight games. That situation leaves Sanders' stock trending in the wrong direction despite facing a vulnerable Packers defense Week 16.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Just misses TD on best run all year

    Sanders rushed 10 times for 74 yards and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 28-6 loss to the Saints. Sanders popped free for a 48-yard run down to the one-yard line but lost a yard on the next play before a sack forced the Panthers to eventually settle for a field goal. His longest run of the season heading into the game was just 15 yards -- and the 48-yard scamper-- helped Sanders set a new season high in rushing yards, but he continued to work behind Chuba Hubbard, who rushed for 87 yards on 23 carries. Given Carolina's offensive struggles as a whole and Sanders' limited role, he'll be tough to trust in Week 15 against the Falcons.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Role shrinks under new coach

    Sanders carried the ball eight times for 23 yards and caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Buccaneers. Deposed head coach Frank Reich had been using a timeshare in his backfield the prior two games, as Sanders saw 27 touches to Chuba Hubbard's 31, but that got tossed out the window under interim coach Chris Tabor. Instead, Hubbard got treated as a bell cow, seeing a career-high 25 totes and turning them into 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Sanders' first season in Carolina has been largely disappointing, but he had at least been seeing solid touch volume while healthy. That appears to no longer be the case heading into a Week 14 clash with the Saints.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Workload continues to rise

    Sanders rushed the ball 15 times for 28 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Titans. Sanders' stat line was hardly notable, though he saw his highest carry total since Week 1. He had a near exact even split with Chuba Hubbard, though it remains to be seen if Sanders' inefficiency will cost him opportunity moving forward. Overall, he has 50 or fewer rushing yards in all but one game this season, and given the state of the Panthers' offense, touchdowns will be hard to come by.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Reintegrated into ground attack

    Sanders rushed 11 times for 50 yards and brought in his only target for two yards in the Panthers' 33-10 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. Sanders logged one more carry than backfield mate Chuba Hubbard, shouldering a rushing workload that qualified as his highest since Week 4 in the process. Sanders had seen just two carries in two of the previous three games, making his sudden surge in touches all the more noteworthy. While Sanders performed reasonably well with the opportunity, Hubbard averaged an even more efficient 5.7 yards per carry on his 10 attempts, so what the division of labor between the two will be in a Week 12 road matchup against the Titans is anyone's guess.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Forgettable night in loss

    Sanders rushed twice for minus-5 yards and brought in both targets for 15 yards in the Panthers' 16-13 loss to the Bears on Thursday night. Sanders once again tracked notably behind backfield mate Chuba Hubbard in workload, logging seven fewer carries. While he enjoyed a modest pass-catching role, it did nothing appreciable for his fantasy output. Sanders opened the season as the clear lead back and logged double-digit carries in three of his first four games, but he's been at seven totes or fewer in the subsequent four contests. While there could well be further transition in the pecking order over the second half of the season, Sanders' fantasy outlook appears dim heading into a Week 11 home matchup against the Cowboys on Nov. 19.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Efficient with limited workload

    Sanders carried the ball six times for 39 yards and caught three of five targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Colts. Despite the fact that Chuba Hubbard saw more than double the touches that Sanders did, he out-gained Sanders by only six scrimmage yards as the former Eagle did well with his limited opportunities. Sanders' yardage didn't come on one big run either, as his longest gain went for only 11 yards. Hubbard has been the more consistent back this season, but if Sanders is fully healthy he could begin to reclaim a bigger role beginning with a Week 10 tilt against the Bears on Thursday night.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: RBs to Sit

    Sanders will return to action in Week 8 against Houston after the bye, and he missed Week 6 at Miami with an injured shoulder. Prior to sitting out, Sanders had gone two games in a row with awful production against Minnesota and Detroit, combining for 7.4 PPR points in those outings. Chuba Hubbard will continue to share touches with Sanders, and I like Hubbard as the better Fantasy option against the Texans. But none of the Panthers running backs should be considered as anything more than a flex option at best, and Sanders will be tough to trust moving forward until we see a more consistent level of production.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Logs full practice Wednesday

    Sanders (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Sanders wasn't able to practice during Week 6 prep due to a shoulder injury and sat out the Panthers' Oct. 15 loss to Miami, but with the benefit of a Week 7 bye, he was able to handle every on-field rep in the first session of Week 8. With his health seemingly back to normal, he should continue to split work with Chuba Hubbard out of Carolina's backfield, which amounted to 76 touches for 271 yards from scrimmage and one rushing score for Sanders in the first five games of the campaign.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Practicing after bye

    Sanders (shoulder) is on the field for Wednesday's practice and was spotted wearing full pads, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Sanders missed the final game before Carolina's Week 7 bye, allowing Chuba Hubbard to get 79 percent of snaps and 20 touches in a 42-21 loss to the Dolphins on Oct. 15. While Sanders may return to his starting role this Sunday against Houston, he'll likely cede a significant portion of the backfield work to Hubbard, as head coach Frank Reich suggested Monday that he plans to take a committee approach between the two players, per Anthony Rizzuti of USA Today. Sanders has dealt with groin, shoulder and pectoral injuries this season and is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and 5.4 per reception.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Out this week

    Sanders (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Sanders has already dealt with groin, pectoral and shoulder injuries this season, averaging 3.1 yards per carry while ceding around 40 percent of the touches and snaps to backup Chuba Hubbard. Coach Frank Reich confirmed Friday that Hubbard will get most of the carries Sunday, with Sanders now shifting his focus toward a return after the team's Week 7 bye. Reich also said the Panthers don't consider Sanders' injury to be anything long term, so it might end up being just the one game he misses.
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  • Panthers' Miles Sanders: Sidelined for another practice

    Sanders (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice. The shoulder issue has kept Sanders off the field for both of the Panthers' first two Week 6 practices, seemingly putting the 26-year-old in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The Panthers will wait and see if Sanders can mix into drills in some capacity Friday before potentially handing him a designation for Sunday. If Sanders is sidelined this weekend, Chuba Hubbard would likely have a clear path to a three-down role out of the Carolina backfield.
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