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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

5-7, 180Born: 6-20-1983College: Kansas StateDrafted: Round 4

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs NYG (3 / 24 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles managed only six touches but made every one of them count. His day started with a five-yard reception on a 3rd-and-3, and was highlighted by a cut-and-run six-yard touchdown in which he weaved past the first defender before accelerating to the end zone. He continued to be one of the most efficient players of the Eagles' offense by gaining chunks of yards both out of the backfield and as a receiver. His only low-light came in the form of one-yard carry blown up by poor blocking. Otherwise, he continued his age-defying ways by exploding from the mesh point and will finish his season just below four yards per carry.

2015 Week 16 vs WAS (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles was the most effective Eagles' running back. His seven receptions and nine targets both ranked second on the team, and his 31 snaps were the most among the backfield. Per usual, he wasn't all that efficient carrying the ball, contributing most of his production as receiver. But 34 of his 56 receiving yards came in the fourth quarter with the Eagles down by multiple scores. Garbage time aside, Sproles displayed his usual electricity and burst, often popping through the defensive line with chunks of yards. His rushing total would look a lot better as well had he not gotten swallowed in the backfield for a loss of six on the Eagles second series of the game.

2015 Week 15 vs ARI (6 / 9 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles didn't get much going against the speed of the Cardinals linebackers. He had a chance to break a big gain but couldn't wiggle free of a defender who just barely tripped him up on the sideline. The Cardinals special teams also proved overpowering and limited any chance of big pun returns--something we know Sproles is capable of providing. He did end up playing the most snaps of all running backs for the third straight week.

2015 Week 14 vs BUF (7 / 41 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles was named the starter against the Bills and he immediately delivered. On his first carry deep in Bills' territory, Sproles blasted ahead for a 15 yard gain and came up just short of the goal line. He punched in the score from one yard out on his next carry. Even though he had fewer carries than both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, Sproles was easily the most effective. His short distance acceleration and burst fits perfectly within Kelly's scheme. He also had a great punt return midway through the second half that set the Eagles up on the Bills' side of the 50. He didn't contribute much as a receiver, but ultimately played the most snaps among running backs (albeit by a thin margin).

2015 Week 13 vs NE (15 / 66 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles was the clear star of the day. He was a monster out of the backfield as both a runner and a receiver, and blew the game wide-open with an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown. His 100 offensive yards were the most by any Eagles player as he routinely showed burst and patience as a runner, and slipped his way through questionable linebacker play as a receiver. He led the team in receptions and carries, and dominated snap counts among Eagles' running backs.

2015 Week 12 vs DET (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Despite the Eagles trailing from the start, Darren Sproles played only 19 snaps. He was targeted more than any other player but wasn't able to get much going after the catch. He logged only two carries but, like his running back teammates, he hit a brick wall of defenders. Sixteen of his 21 receiving yards came on one catch late in the fourth quarter.

2015 Week 11 vs TB (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)

With Ryan Mathews unavailable, Darren Sproles became the default No. 2 running back. He wasn't effective as a runner and was bottled up for most of the day, but he did his damage as a receiver. His seven targets ranked second on the team. Even if he was able to come up with only three receptions, one of them was turned into a 35-yard touchdown on a beautiful screen pass over the middle. The blocking was setup perfectly and he closed the deal by hitting high gear from about 15 yards out. He would manage only 14 yards on three touches for the rest of the game, however, thanks in part to being overthrown a couple of times. Had his quarterback been more accurate, Sproles would have had a much nicer box score.

2015 Week 10 vs MIA (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

With Ryan Mathews sidelined, Darren Sproles became the default change of pace back. Five of his six targets came after Mathews' injury. Should that injury keep him benched, Sproles will be in line for an increased workload. If not, his box score, just as it was this week, will be forgettable from a fantasy standpoint.

2015 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles logged 28 snaps and ended up with seven touches. He flashed his usual slingshot style of running by blasting from the mesh point into solid gains. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and came up about an inch short of a touchdown (Murray pounded it in a few plays later). Oddly, despite it being one of his best assets, Sproles was used sparingly in the passing game. Bradford targeted him only three times: the results of which were one pass deflection, one screen the Cowboys were all over for a four yard loss, and one nice catch-and-run for seven yards.

2015 Week 7 vs CAR (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 10 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

With Nelson Agholor out, Darren Sproles played more of receiver role and led the offense in targets with 10, but converted only five of them. The Panthers were well prepared for his predictable screen passes and dump-offs. The majority of his stat line (25 yards on three catches) came late in the fourth with the Eagles down 11 and the Panthers in prevent.

2015 Week 5 vs NO (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles wasn't utilized as much in this game, despite playing more snaps than Mathews. He was targeted only twice and carried the ball only five times. With Murray and Mathews success, and with the Eagles holding a lead for most of the game, Sproles services weren't required.

2015 Week 4 vs WAS (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

For the first time since Week 14 of last year, Darren Sproles didn't catch a pass. He had an opportunity to convert a third down midway through the fourth quarter, but wasn't able to rein in a catchable, albeit slightly behind, target. Similar to Murray, Sproles had a great run for 11 yards on his first carry, but his next three went for only six total yards. He was also an afterthought in the passing game, despite playing nearly 40 percent of snaps (to Murray's 45 percent and Ryan Mathews 23 percent). He did setup the Eagles in scoring position at the end of the first half with a 45-yard punt return, but that was his only highlight.

2015 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 17 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

The highlight of the game, and what ultimately set the Eagles offense up for success, was Darren Sproles' 89-yard punt return for a touchdown. These are the kinds of things age is supposed to prevent, but Sproles' light frame keeps him spry, and he displayed his cut-and-juke scat back skills on that touchdown. He then played small on a carry from the one-yard line, following the center into the end zone. Without those pair of touchdowns, his fantasy box score is forgettable. He dropped a screen pass in the second half that might have gone for a chunk of yards and a touchdown. He returned six targets for four receptions and just 19 yards. For a running back that requires yards via the pass, Sunday was disappointing, but he still proved to be viable play regardless of game script. Make no mistake about it, the Eagles are a ground team.

2015 Week 2 vs DAL (1 / -4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Despite the Eagles playing from behind for the entire contest, Darren Sproles was unable to take advantage of the game script. He turned in a standard performance of a few screen plays, one of which was called back thanks to an Ertz penalty, but was otherwise held to limited gains. When the offense is on the field for only a third of the game, role players like Sproles have no shot at valuable returns.

2015 Week 1 vs ATL (5 / 50 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles is going to remain bookmarked in Kelly's offensive packages. Running backs of his senior aren't supposed to have his burst and quickness. He finished as Bradford's second favorite target and led the team in rushing. The unfortunate part of his game comes down to where he ends up on the field. More often than not, he's trotting down the sideline - every team's best defender - just inches from out of bounds. He just missed a few long touchdowns by being nudged out of play. But if this game is any indication of what his usage will be throughout this season, he'll be the envy of everyone that passed on his ultra-friendly ADP.

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