Player Page

Darren Sproles | Running Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Darren Sproles rushed five times for 27 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for 10 yards Week 5 against the Saints.
Sproles took a backseat to both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, who did basically whatever they wanted in the running game in the second half. Sproles has six or fewer touches in three games this season, and his role in the offense is unlikely to grow with Murray and Mathews healthy. He is not an option in standard leagues. Oct 11 - 5:32 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Darren Sproles rushed four times for 17 yards and failed to haul in any of his three targets Week 4 against the Redskins.

After dropping what would have been a long catch last week, Sproles dropped another couple passes against the Redskins. One of the drops would have been an important third-down conversion in the fourth quarter. Sproles usage has been all over the map this season, and that makes him too risky to use standard leagues. After four games, Sproles is on pace for 84 carries for 320 yards and 60 catches for 472 yards.
Oct 4 - 5:43 PM

Darren Sproles has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 3.

Sproles scored an 89-yard punt-return touchdown against the Jets to kickstart the Eagles' first win of the season. On offense, he managed just 36 total yards and a second touchdown on 15 touches, getting the start in place of injured DeMarco Murray. Expect Sproles to continue to get 12-15 touches weekly.
Sep 30 - 10:19 AM

Darren Sproles rushed 11 times for 17 yards and a touchdown and caught 4-of-6 targets for 19 yards, adding a punt return touchdown as the Eagles downed the Jets 24-17 in Week 3.

With DeMarco Murray (hamstring) inactive, Sproles got the start over Ryan Mathews against the Jets. Although he struggled on the ground, Sproles made his presence felt on an ankle-breaking 89-yard punt return touchdown in the first half. Sproles scored his second TD of the game on a one-yard goal-line run late in the second quarter. Sproles might've had a third score in the second half, but dropped a perfectly-located pass by Sam Bradford on a wheel route where Sproles had Jets ILB David Harris beat. This was the Eagles' first win of the season. If Murray can't play against the Redskins in Week 4, expect Sproles to maintain an expanded role in 12-15 touches.
Sep 27 - 4:22 PM

Darren Sproles caught 4-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Eagles' Week 2 loss to the Cowboys.

Sproles lost four yards on his lone rushing attempt. For the second straight week, the Eagles' running game was stuck in reverse, but this time they couldn't get Sproles going as a receiver. Sproles hasn't had his last big game as a pass catcher, but they're essentially impossible to predict. He's a high-ceiling, low-floor option as a FLEX option. He gets the Jets in Week 3.
Sep 20 - 8:27 PM

Darren Sproles rushed five times for 50 yards and caught 7-of-9 targets for 76 yards in the Eagles' Week 1 loss to the Falcons.

Sproles' nine targets were second on the team to Jordan Matthews' 12 on a night Sam Bradford threw it 52 times. Coach Chip Kelly said in the offseason he wanted to expand Sproles' role, and if Week 1 is any indication, it appears Sproles will be in line for more touches. We're not going to buy it just yet, however, because Sproles got 15 touches last Week 1 and ended up barely averaging five per game the rest of 2014. But Monday night, Sproles showed his electric speed picking up big gains on the outside in obvious mismatches for the defense. For now, he's an RB3 in PPR. Philadelphia hosts Dallas in Week 2.
Sep 14 - 10:39 PM

The Eagles want to get RB Darren Sproles more involved in the offense.

"We'd like to get him the ball steadily and consistently, and he certainly is a unique, outstanding player," Eagles OC Pat Shurmur said before the preseason. "We just need to make sure we get him the ball, and we have a plan to do that." That plan could involve Sproles lining up more as a receiver, something the Eagles worked on in camp. Sproles averaged just six offensive touches a game over the second half of 2014. Even if he sees a slight bump in usage, he is unlikely to be a consistent fantasy option in standard formats.
Sep 3 - 9:39 AM

Darren Sproles had two catches for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' third preseason game.

Sproles scored on a eight-yard wheel route on the Eagles' opening drive. He later had a 33-yard catch and run. Sproles doesn't project as more than a low-volume receiving back behind DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
Aug 29 - 10:11 PM

Darren Sproles has continued to see time at receiver in camp.

Sproles spent time at wideout in the offseason program. "It's year two for him, so I think he feels really comfortable in terms of what our running backs are doing," coach Chip Kelly said. "So we are just kind of cross-training him." Sproles says it's a way to "get more stuff for me to do." It's also a way for the Eagles to get two running backs on the field at the same time, which is a priority for a team paying Sproles, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. Although he's now 32, the diminutive Sproles is a mismatch for linebackers in the slot.
Aug 8 - 10:22 AM

The Eagles have gotten Darren Sproles reps at receiver during spring practices.

Sproles didn't line up wide or in the slot much last season. But coach Chip Kelly said he wants to find more ways to get Sproles touches, and in a crowded backfield behind DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, getting Sproles some looks out of the slot isn't a bad idea. Much like last season when Sproles averaged five touches per game, his weekly workloads will be of the lightly-used change-of-pace variety. He's a fantasy RB4/5.
Jun 19 - 8:46 AM

The Eagles have informed Darren Sproles that his role won't change in 2015.

32 years old now, Sproles started 2014 off like gangbusters in the first two weeks, but averaged just five touches per game in the second half of the season. Sproles is primarily a special teams player in Philly. His backfield usage could even dip further following the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
May 29 - 9:07 PM

Chip Kelly said he wants to get Darren Sproles on the field more this season.

Sproles was among the most effective running backs in the league last season, averaging 5.77 yards per carry, 9.67 yards per reception and scoring six touchdowns. But he was given just 6.4 touches per game, making him a poor week-to-week fantasy option. No matter what Kelly says, it's hard to see that number rising now that the Eagles have made serious investments in DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
Mar 26 - 9:18 AM

Coach Chip Kelly insists Darren Sproles remains an "integral part" of the Eagles' offense despite Thursday's signings of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.

"Darren is a Swiss army knife," Kelly said. "You can use him in a million different ways." We'll take Kelly at his word on this one. Sproles essentially plays a different position than Murray and Mathews, and only touched the ball 97 times in 2014. There's no reason he can't remain a lightning change-of-pace back to the thunder Kelly wants to emphasize on early downs.
Mar 12 - 9:29 PM

Cutting Darren Sproles would only save the Eagles $600K against the cap.

Sproles' versatility as a hybrid receiver/running back makes him a great fit for Chip Kelly's offense, even if the volume was lacking last season. He is certain to be back with the Eagles in 2015 as a pass-game complement to feature back LeSean McCoy and big back Chris Polk.
Feb 26 - 10:56 AM

Darren Sproles rushed one time for five yards and caught three passes for 23 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Sproles was effective in his first year as an Eagle, averaging 5.77 YPC with a career-high six rushing touchdowns and catching 40 passes for 387 yards. But much to the frustration of fans, Chip Kelly never had any intention of giving Sproles volume. The gadget back averaged just 6.4 touches per game and that number certainly won't rise in 2015 as he turns 32 years old in June.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Mark Sanchez
3Thad Lewis
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3Darren Sproles
4Kenjon Barner
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Darren Sproles
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
3Miles Austin
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Riley Cooper
3Seyi Ajirotutu
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3Trey Burton
LT1Jason Peters
LG1Allen Barbre
2Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Julian Vandervelde
RG1Matt Tobin
RT1Lane Johnson
2Dennis Kelly
K1Caleb Sturgis