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Darren Sproles | Running Back | #43

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (130) / SD
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Darren Sproles rushed 12 times for 40 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for eight yards in the Eagles' Week 2 win over the Bears.
Sproles out-touched Ryan Mathews 14-10, and out-carried him 5-2 in the first half. The Eagles seem to always want to make Sproles a thing as a runner, but at 33 years old, he simply doesn't have it in him any longer. Mathews converted two goal-line touchdown runs to save his fantasy owners, but Sproles' involvement is frustrating. He also was given a goal-line chance from the on-yard line but predictably was stuffed before Mathews scored on the next play. Sproles has some flex appeal in PPR leagues, but he's not a must-keep in any format. Sep 20 - 12:03 AM

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Darren Sproles played 38-of-77 offensive snaps Week 1 against the Browns.

He played one more snap than Ryan Mathews with backup Kenjon Barner logging just six plays. Mathews easily out-touched Sproles 22-to-7, but the usage is interesting in a game the Eagles were winning throughout. Sproles did not see a big workload against Cleveland, but he is still a hold in PPR formats.
Sep 12 - 10:18 AM

Darren Sproles rushed five times for 12 yards and caught 2-of-5 targets for 24 yards in the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Browns.

He very nearly broke a punt return for a touchdown, but was tracked down after 40 yards. Sproles and Kenjon Barner (four carries for 42 yards) rotated behind starter Ryan Mathews, but Sproles played far more snaps than Barner. Sproles' potential role always seems to get talked up in the summer, and then it rarely comes to fruition. He's not a top-40 fantasy running back option most weeks and won't be a starting option next week at the Bears.
Sep 11 - 5:35 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes Darren Sproles could be a factor in the red zone.

New-Eagles OC Frank Reich came over the San Diego, where Danny Woodhead is a massive factor in the red-zone offense. Sproles, who has five seasons with at least six touchdowns in his career, could see similar treatment this year. Sproles is already a solid option in PPR leagues, and he could develop standard value as well.
Source: ESPN
Sep 8 - 10:25 AM

Darren Sproles caught his lone target for a gain of eight in the Eagles' third preseason game.

The Eagles gave Kenjon Barner and rookie Wendell Smallwood looks with the first-team offense on Saturday night, but not until after Ryan Mathews and Sproles were rested. Sproles is Philadelphia's third-down back with the potential for a little more. He's one of the better PPR value picks in the late rounds.
Aug 27 - 9:32 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman expects the Eagles to "feature" Darren Sproles in the passing game this season.

According to Berman, new OC Frank Reich said that every week during meetings, the coaching staff would ask, "How can we get this guy the football?" regarding Sproles. The 33-year-old caught 55 passes last season, but could jump back up into the 65-75 range similar to his New Orleans days. Ryan Mathews isn't going to play on third downs, leaving all of that work to Sproles. Reich was the Chargers' OC last season when Danny Woodhead caught 80 balls.
Aug 24 - 9:46 AM

Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advanced Media called Darren Sproles "the best running back on the team."

We're not sure if Shorr-Parks is talking about the grand scheme of things or if Sproles has simply been the best back at camp. Either way, it's certainly not an endorsement of Ryan Mathews, who has already missed time with an ankle injury. Wendell Smallwood is also on the shelf. Sproles doesn't have the size to be a workhorse but the 33-year-old remains a dangerous return man and is one of the better receiving running backs in the NFL.
Aug 7 - 10:35 AM

Eagles signed RB Darren Sproles to a one-year, $4.5 million extension through 2017.

There were rumors in May that the Eagles were trying to trade Sproles and didn't want him. This extension suggests they were just that. Rumors. Sproles turned 33 last month, but he's shown no signs of slowing down. Due to never having to carry a traditional running back's workload, Sproles has been able to maintain his skills. Expect him to have a similar role under new coach Doug Pederson as he had under Chip Kelly, as a strong pass catcher out of the backfield. Sproles has at least 55 receptions in five of the last six seasons.
Jul 29 - 8:59 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Darren Sproles a "very good fit" for new coach Doug Pederson's offense.

Pederson wants to use his running backs to "create mismatches in the passing game," an area where Sproles holds a large edge on presumed starter Ryan Mathews. Kempski expects Sproles to be used "more creatively" under Pederson than he was by Chip Kelly. Even at age 33, Sproles is worth a look in PPR drafts.
Jul 20 - 12:13 PM

Darren Sproles said he's happy with his contract and the Eagles.

The 12th-year veteran said he simply skipped voluntary workouts to tend to a family matter that is better now. There were rumors the Eagles were attempting to trade Sproles during the draft, but everyone involved has shot them down. Sproles figures to be a big part of the offense yet again in 2016, though he will face some heat for pass-game work from rookie Wendell Smallwood.
Jun 8 - 1:12 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Darren Sproles will attend mandatory minicamp.

Sproles sat out voluntary workouts, sparking speculation he was attempting to force his way out of Philly. Sproles shot down those reports, however, and coach Doug Pederson said the team has not attempted to trade the diminutive playmaker. Now back in the fold, Sproles will have to hold off fifth-round RB Wendell Smallwood for passing-game touches behind starter Ryan Mathews.
Jun 6 - 8:29 AM

Coach Doug Pederson said the Eagles did not attempt to trade Darren Sproles.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Eagles fielded trade calls for Sproles during the draft, which is different than proactively shopping him. Sproles has skipped all voluntary workouts, but Pederson said Sproles does not want to be traded and will be part of the team. Pederson's comments are very clear, but there has been smoke surrounding Sproles' roster spot all offseason. It would not be surprising if he ends up being moved.
May 17 - 12:48 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles fielded trade calls for Darren Sproles during the draft.

Sproles has not been participating in voluntary workouts, and beat writer Eliot Shorr-Parks left Sproles off his projected Eagles 53-man roster. It would not be surprising if Sproles is dealt before training camp. Fifth-round RB Wendell Smallwood is a good fit in the "Sproles role." He could have a surprising workload as a rookie.
May 17 - 11:04 AM

Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advanced Media did not include Darren Sproles in his prediction for the Eagles' 53-man roster.

That's because he believes Sproles will be dealt during the draft. Sproles remains one of the league's top return specialists and could draw trade interest from contending teams. Shorr-Parks believes Philadelphia would be willing to part with Sproles for a fifth-round pick. The Eagles will almost certainly pursue a running back in the draft, probably in the third round.
Apr 24 - 11:05 AM

CSN Philly believes the Eagles will hold onto Darren Sproles this offseason.

It's been suggested Sproles could be a cap casualty but beat writer Dave Zangaro still considers him the Eagles' "most dynamic playmaker." In addition to playing an important role on passing downs, Sproles has earned back-to-back Pro Bowl invites as a return specialist. The Eagles would save $3.5 million in cap space by cutting him.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 21 - 12:32 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Wentz
2Chase Daniel
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3Kenjon Barner
4Wendell Smallwood
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3RB1Darren Sproles
2Ryan Mathews
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Dorial Green-Beckham
3Bryce Treggs
WR31Josh Huff
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
LT1Jason Peters
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
LG1Allen Barbre
2Isaac Seumalo
3Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Stefen Wisniewski
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Dillon Gordon
RT1Lane Johnson
2Matt Tobin
K1Caleb Sturgis