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Darren Sproles | Running Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
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Darren Sproles is taking the majority of second-string running back reps at OTAs.
It's widely been assumed that Sproles will only be a receiver for the Eagles as they replace DeSean Jackson by committee. But head coach Chip Kelly has bristled at that notion, emphatically saying Sproles is a running back, "and a really, really talented running back." Last year, LeSean McCoy backups averaged 5.4 carries per game. Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia expects Sproles to get the bulk of those reps and a handful of catches. The 6-8 offensive touch per game projection remains logical. Jun 5 - 10:29 AM

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The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests Darren Sproles will get 6-8 offensive touches per game this season.

Over the last three seasons with the Saints, Sproles averaged 9.54 touches from scrimmage. But he'll turn 31 next month and is losing some juice to the corner on base run plays. Sproles' main role in Philly will be to beat linebackers in man coverage and fill some of the pass-catching void left by DeSean Jackson. He's not going to eat into LeSean McCoy's workload. Sproles is a RB3 in full PPR leagues and will be overdrafted in standard scoring formats.
May 29 - 10:55 AM

Eagles GM Howie Roseman believes the team can replace DeSean Jackson's production with a "combination" of Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz, Jeremy Maclin, and Riley Cooper.

The Eagles will miss some of the tactical advantages D-Jax provides -- he often required a safety over the top -- but it's clear they plan to replace his touches in committee fashion, perhaps also including an early-round rookie receiver. Sproles can do some of the things Jackson did close to the line of scrimmage, like bubble screens, "pop" passes, and wheels. He remains on the fantasy radar in PPR leagues. Ertz and Maclin are better 2014 breakout candidates.
Apr 28 - 11:33 PM

Darren Sproles' new three-year contract with the Eagles is worth $10.5 million.

It's identical to the contracts recently signed by Shonn Greene, Donald Brown and Toby Gerhart. The problem is that Sproles is by far the oldest member of that group, as he'll turn 31 in June. Still, it's a significant pact, suggesting coach Chip Kelly has a clear-cut role planned for his new toy.
Mar 14 - 3:29 PM

Eagles signed RB Darren Sproles to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

Sproles, 31 in June, was already under contract for $3.5 million for 2014, the final year of his deal. It's possible GM Howie Roseman is extending Sproles to knock the cap hit down a bit, but we doubt it since the Eagles are already in terrific cap shape. The deal locks Sproles in as LeSean McCoy's No. 2 and could make Bryce Brown expendable. Coach Chip Kelly doesn't seem to be a fan of Brown's. The Eagles might be able to get a late-round pick for him.
Mar 14 - 1:28 PM

Saints traded RB Darren Sproles to the Eagles in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The NFL's No. 2 offense just got more dangerous. Chip Kelly is a master at using dynamic, versatile talents in space to his advantage, and Sproles fits that bill perfectly. He's caught 70+ passes in each of the last three seasons. Sproles will split out wide some, provide a major boost in the return game and give LeSean McCoy some third-down breaks as he comes off a 366-touch season. Sproles turns 31 in June, but is entering the final year of his contract. It's a low-risk move for an Eagles team with sights set on the Super Bowl. They had two fifth-round picks as a result of the Isaac Sopoaga trade.
Mar 13 - 8:58 AM

The Redskins are reportedly "making a push" to trade for Darren Sproles.

The Saints are holding onto Sproles as they try to squeeze out the highest bid. He would qualify as an upgrade on Roy Helu and Chris Thompson as the passing back in new coach Jay Gruden's pass-happy scheme, but the Redskins aren't exactly overflowing with draft picks. They lost their first-rounder in the Robert Griffin III trade and only have one pick in each of the following six rounds. New Orleans seems to think it get can get a third- or fourth-rounder for Sproles.
Mar 13 - 7:24 AM

Darren Sproles "wants to get released."

"I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it," Sproles said. "I feel I should have more of an idea later on today." Sproles found out he was back on the trade block through the media. Apparently told of his impending release, he said goodbye to Saints fans on Twitter last Friday. New Orleans' handling of the situation has been clumsy, to put it mildly.
Mar 12 - 12:42 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints are no longer planning to release Darren Sproles, and now plan to trade him "due to heavy interest."

Very well then. We had yet to mark Sproles as a free agent for bookkeeping purposes, but he seemed as good as gone from New Orleans. There wouldn't seem to be much trade interest in a 31-year-old gadget running back, but in a world where Blaine Gabbert fetches a sixth-rounder, anything is possible. Sproles' $3.4 million salary is relatively modest. He'd improve a lot of backfields.
Mar 11 - 7:22 PM

According to NFL Network, the Vikings are a possible landing spot for Darren Sproles.

Sproles hasn't officially been cut by the Saints yet as they try to trade him. But if that doesn't work, we can easily connect the dots to Minnesota. New Vikings OC Norv Turner coached Sproles in San Diego from 2007-10 and Adrian Peterson has never excelled in the pass game.
Mar 11 - 11:19 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are expected to release Darren Sproles.

The move will save the Saints $3.5 million in 2014 cap space. Per PFT's Mike Florio, Sproles has not yet been released and could still be traded. A non-factor as a rusher, Sproles showed signs of decline in the passing game last year and is entering his age 31 season. New Orleans is also shopping Pierre Thomas as they look to free up money to re-sign Jimmy Graham.
Mar 7 - 6:34 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints "could be open" to trading Darren Sproles.

Per Schefter, the cap-strapped Saints are actively shopping Pierre Thomas and Lance Moore, and could soon do the same with Sproles. Three months shy of his 31st birthday, Sproles is coming off an up-and-down year, and set to earn $3.5 million between salary and bonuses. 2014 is the final season of his four-year deal.
Mar 6 - 4:07 PM

ESPN Saints blogger Mike Triplett believes Darren Sproles' roster spot is safe for 2014.

Sproles is coming off a disappointing season, will turn 31 in June, and earns the most money in the New Orleans backfield. The Saints are in penny-pinching mode and need to shed some salary. They could save $3.5 million against the cap by releasing Sproles. However, Triplett thinks it's more likely Pierre Thomas gets the boot than Sproles. Thomas was the far better player in 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 28 - 9:14 AM

Darren Sproles rushed three times for two yards in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks, adding five catches for 32 yards.

With the Seahawks keyed in on the Saints' screens, Sproles never popped a big play. It was a fitting capper to an up-and-down season for Sproles. A non-factor as a rusher (53 attempts for 220 yards), both Sproles' 71 catches and 604 receiving yards were down on his 2012 numbers even though he appeared in two more games (15-13) this season. Pierre Thomas was Drew Brees' preferred target out of the backfield for much of the second half. Going on 31, Sproles is due $3.4 million in the final year of his contract in 2014. He'll undoubtedly be back in New Orleans, but is no longer a shoo-in RB1/2 in PPR leagues.
Jan 11 - 8:44 PM

Darren Sproles rushed four times for 29 yards and caught four passes for 31 yards in Saturday's Wild Card win at Philadelphia.

Sproles was expected to see a major boost in usage with Pierre Thomas (chest) sidelined, but the Saints didn't see it like that. They instead rode the power game of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson as those two combined to rush 26 times for 145 yards with one touchdown. Sproles did make a season-changing play for his team with a 39-yard kickoff return plus 15-yard horse collar penalty that set up Shayne Graham's game-winning field goal. The Saints advance to play at Seattle next week, a spot Sproles was held to 10 touches for 43 yards in Week 13.
Jan 5 - 12:47 AM