Eagles' Duce Staley hoping his philosophy on ball security rubs off on Miles Sanders
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By Glenn Erby

Duce Staley was a pretty good running back during his days with the Philadelphia Eagles, and the one thing you could always count on, was the former South Carolina Gamecocks star holding on to the football. Staley fumbled the ball 22 times during his 11-year career, with the most being five during the 1999 seasons, Donovan McNabb’s rookie year.

Now as the Eagles running back coach, Staley is hoping that his philosophy and the lessons he’s teaching to the teams running backs, specifically, rookie Miles Sanders, will rub off.

“You got to start that conversation now instead of [when] you lost a fumble and now I’m coming down on you,” Staley said earlier this month to Penn live.

Sanders left Penn State with concerns about his ball security after he fumbled 10 times in three seasons in Happy Valley. Add in the fact that Sanders spent a couple of seasons behind Saquon Barkley, and his penchant for fumbling could become a problem.

“One of the things you have to understand is ball security and the points of pressure,” Staley said. “A lot of times when it comes to colleges — nothing against them, of course — a lot of those things are not being taught as far as ball security, so you got to kind of destroy and rebuild. It’s OK sometimes if you destroy their way of thinking of how to hold a ball and you kind of just show them what you’ve been taught, and hopefully, it transfers and it works, but we’ll...



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