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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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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

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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

NJ Advance Media's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes the Eagles could move on from Darren Sproles this offseason.

Sproles will count $4.5 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, which is a lot to pay a third-down back and special teamer. With several stars to re-sign or extend, Philadelphia could use the $3.5 million in cap savings from releasing or trading the 32-year-old back. Ultimately, Sproles' future could come down to whether or not new coach Doug Pederson values niche weapons as much as his mentor Andy Reid seems to in Kansas City.
Feb 1 - 9:37 AM

Darren Sproles rushed three times for 24 yards and one touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 20 yards in the Eagles' Week 17 win over the Giants.

Sproles totaled 705 yards on offense with four touchdowns in his age-32 season. He also scored two touchdowns on punt returns. The jack of all trades has one year left on his contract for 2016 and is due $3.5 million. It's possible the Eagles ask him to take a pay cut, but he should be back next season.
Jan 3 - 6:33 PM

Darren Sproles rushed for nine yards on five carries and caught 7-of-9 targets for 56 yards in the Eagles' Week 16 loss to Washington.

Sproles continued to rotate with Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray, and Kenjon Barner, primarily operating as a checkdown safety valve for Sam Bradford. Although he leads Philadelphia's running back in snaps every week, Sproles will enter Week 17 against the Giants with pedestrian touch totals of 9, 9, and 12 over his last three games.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 11:57:00 PM

Darren Sproles rushed six times for nine yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 16 yards in the Eagles' Week 15 loss to the Cardinals.

Sproles led the backfield in snaps with the Eagles playing from behind all night. Even with positive gameflow, he was a non-factor. Sproles won't be more than low-end PPR FLEX for Week 16 against Washington.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 12:21:00 AM

Darren Sproles rushed seven times for 41 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for four yards Week 14 against the Bills.

Sproles was the third back through the rotation on the first drive, but he ended up with the touchdown opportunity after busting a 15-yard run to set up Philadelphia at the one-yard line. Sproles scored on a one-yard plunge the next play. Sproles was more effective than Ryan Mathews or DeMarco Murray, but he saw fewer touches than the other two. Sproles will remain an RB3/FLEX consideration moving forward.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Chase Daniel
3Carson Wentz
4McLeod Bethel-Thompson
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3Kenjon Barner
4Wendell Smallwood
5Byron Marshall
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3RB1Darren Sproles
2Ryan Mathews
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
3Rueben Randle
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Chris Givens
3Dorial Green-Beckham
4Paul Turner
5Cayleb Jones
WR31Chris Givens
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
4Chris Pantale
5M.J. McFarland
LT1Jason Peters
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
LG1Isaac Seumalo
2Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Stefen Wisniewski
3Barrett Jones
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Andrew Gardner
3Darrell Greene
RT1Allen Barbre
2Matt Tobin
3Lane Johnson
K1Cody Parkey
2Caleb Sturgis