Former Eagles All-Professional Challenges Miles Sanders: ‘Study Methods to Carry out in NFL’

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Former Eagles All-Professional RB Brian Westbrook ranks third all-time on the franchise’s dashing checklist.

The widespread technique was “twenty-two eyes on 36” for defending Brian Westbrook, one of many all-time nice operating backs in Eagles historical past. Westbrook racked up 5,995 in midnight inexperienced (third-best in franchise historical past) whereas making two Professional Bowls and incomes first-team All-Professional in 2007. Protected to say, he’s supremely certified to touch upon the crew’s present function again.

Westbrook, who’s serving as a spokesperson for Crown Royal’s Purple Bag Undertaking, jumped on a Zoom name with Heavy.com to speak concerning the state of the Eagles this yr. The 41-year-old retired star sees loads of positives, however he has additionally shared some constructive criticism for playmaker Miles Sanders.

Sanders will make his much-anticipated return to the sector this week following a four-week hiatus resulting from a knee damage. He battled a nagging hamstring in coaching camp and missed the season opener, brazenly admitting that his conditioning wasn’t the place he wished it to be. It’s method too early to throw the dreaded “injury-prone” label on Sanders, however the 23-year-old must be cautious.

“I feel if you’re youthful, numerous instances, you get injured due to loopy issues,” Westbrook stated. “And I feel he’s had some unlucky accidents and as he continues to age and builds his physique up otherwise, get it prepared for the NFL. I feel a few of the accidents he’s had to date in his profession received’t be there as a lot. He’ll be capable of carry the load slightly bit higher.”

It could be so simple as Sanders simply needing to take higher care of his physique, based on Westbrook.

“It takes time. It takes improvement,” Westbrook stated. “You may’t are available and be an All-Star operating again, it doesn’t occur quite a bit, however to turn into an All-Star operating again your first couple years within the league, it’s important to be taught what they’re asking of you and it’s important to discover ways to carry out within the NFL with different grown males, and as soon as he’s ready to try this and keep comparatively wholesome, I feel he’ll be advantageous. Primary factor, he has to remain wholesome.”

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Similarities Between Westbrook and Sanders

There are lots of similarities between Westbrook and Sanders. Let’s begin with their bodily builds: Westbrook, at 5-foot-10 and 203 kilos versus Sanders, at 5-foot-11, 211 kilos. Sanders talked about including weight within the offseason so he would be capable of break tackles and outmuscle larger linebackers. He predicted the majority would add 200-300 yards to his dashing totals.

Westbrook was a shorter, extra compact again however he was recognized for choosing up powerful yards, particularly on the aim line. The previous Eagles nice was additionally adept at operating passing routes and catching the ball out of the backfield, typically lining up as a receiver. Sanders has proven the identical pure potential in Doug Pederson’s pass-happy offense. It was on full show final yr throughout a four-game midseason stretch when Sanders was benched for Jordan Howard.

“To me, that’s the mark of a extremely nice participant,” Westbrook stated. “That he stated, ‘OK, I do know what I’m doing early on, engaged on it and now I would like to sit down again and be taught what’s going, discover ways to be an NFL operating again, after which go on the market and carry out higher when my crew calls on me on the finish of the yr’ and he was ready to try this final season. I feel that was important to the success he was having final season in the direction of the top of the yr.”

Westbrook was a shorter, extra compact again however he was recognized for choosing up powerful yards, particularly on the aim line. For Sanders, that a part of his recreation continues to be a piece in progress. The Eagles have been rumored to be out there for a bodily “thunder” again to enhance Sanders’ “lightning” position. They opted to not add anyone in free company or on the commerce deadline. Westbrook doesn’t suppose they should. Sanders, mixed with spirited doses of Boston Scott, can deal with the load.

“I don’t suppose the Eagles herald one other operating again this season, no,” Westbrook stated. “I like what I’ve seen from Boston Scott, I feel he’s executed a extremely good job of filling in for Miles. He’s had a few good video games right here. He runs the ball exhausting. He has actually good imaginative and prescient. Nice stability. He’s exhausting to deal with. And he’s a risk out of the backfield so far as catching the soccer, so I like what I’ve seen from Boston.”


Crown Royal’s Purple Bag Undertaking, Water Break Marketing campaign

Westbrook has been working with Crown Royal for about 4 years now on quite a lot of promotional campaigns. The primary one locations an emphasis on staying hydrated whereas having fun with your spirits in a socially accountable method. The Canadian whisky model doesn’t wish to discourage soccer followers from knocking just a few again at their tailgate events, simply do it carefully — and drink water, numerous water in between sips.

“I feel it’s actually vital that the followers go to the sport, tailgate on the recreation, once we’re allowed again into the stadiums and issues like that,” Westbrook stated. “It’s been vital for myself and for Crown Royal as properly to get the message out to remain hydrated, drink accountable, drink carefully, proceed to push which you could get pleasure from the complete day in the event you simply take a step again and drink some water.”

The previous NFL star has additionally partnered with Crown Royal on their “Purple Bag Undertaking,” a noble program began in 2010 that sends a bag of necessities to navy folks abroad for each one who makes use of the hashtag #PurpleBagProject on social media. The purple felt-like bag has accompanied each bottle of Crown Royal since 1939. The aim was to produce a million luggage to these courageous souls serving abroad by the top of 2020, per Westbrook, they usually hit that mark on Thursday morning.

“The aim was to do one million,” Westbrook stated, “and simply came upon we hit one million this morning.”

The partnership has been a fruitful one for Westbrook who enjoys giving again to the group in addition to ingesting Crown Royal. His drink of alternative? Crown Apple with slightly ginger ale.

“We wish to make sure that our communities are in an incredible place,” Westbrook stated. “That’s vital to me, that’s vital to Crown Royal. We wish to make sure that folks can get pleasure from their sporting occasions. I really like soccer clearly, Crown Royal loves soccer and sports activities, and they’re getting concerned in additional than soccer proper now so our objectives and our visions have aligned and I feel that’s a very powerful a part of any partnership.”

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