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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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2016 Week 17 vs DAL (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles was the only regular running back that the Eagles had that was healthy in this game, and he was not able to take advantage of this as he averaged just 3.6 yards per carry. Sproles was pulled in the second half as the Eagles looked to give Byron Marshall and Terrell Watson a look with this being the last game of the season.

2016 Week 16 vs NYG (7 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

The Eagles went primarily with Ryan Mathews in this one until the 4th quarter. Sproles has never really been given a full workload but has made the most of every touch he has gotten. The big play today came on a 25-yard rush where Sproles took a pitch and followed his blockers off the right side into the end zone. Ryan Mathews had done a lot of the work to get the Eagles down the field, but it was Sproles who capped it off with the touchdown. Sproles also added his customary catches on third down out of the backfield. IT is going to be the Daren Sproles show next week with Mathews done for the season.

2016 Week 14 vs WAS (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)

Darren Sproles had a very up and down day in this one. The versatile running back caught a 4-yard touchdown from Carson Wentz in the back of the end zone at the end of the first half, he had a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown brought back after an illegal block above the waist by Zach Ertz, and he was forced out of the game on an illegal hit to the head on a punt return later in the game. Sproles had been dealing with a rib injury and all of the hard hits he took today did not help. Sproles did not play a major role in the offense with his 7 touches but played a huge role in the punt return game. The Eagles have dealt with several injuries this season, but seem committed to using Sproles in the return game and as a third down change of pace back. He will not have a heavy workload but as his 72-yard punt return showed he is always dangerous to take it to the house on any play.

2016 Week 13 vs CIN (7 / 14 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 35 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles did not have a successful game in the rushing attack as he only averaged two yards per carry, but most of his damage was done through the passing game as he continues to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield. Sproles also was used for the second straight week as the goal line and short yardage back which is surprising for someone as small as Sproles, but he was able to punch in a two yard touchdown in this game. Sproles is the running back you want to own going forward in this Eagles offense.

2016 Week 12 vs GB (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Sproles was questionable all week leading up to this one with his broken rib but did manage to play. The veteran running back only had 3 carries and did not return any punts as the Eagles played him with caution. The majority of his damage came in the passing game where he pulled in 5 of his 7 targets. The only real play of note came on a 17-yard reception early in the fourth quarter down the left side. It will be interesting to see how his health is next week going into Cincinnati and if his role will increase.

2016 Week 11 vs SEA (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Sproles was relegated to the second back in this one and temporarily looked to take back over after the injury to Ryan Mathews. However, Sproles injured his ribs on a second quarter punt return and did not come back out of the locker room after halftime. Aside from the punt return, Sproles had only touched the ball 3 times before his exit. It is not known how serious the injury is, but the Eagles are preparing for life without their top 2 running backs.

2016 Week 10 vs ATL (2 / 19 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 57 / 0 rec)

Sproles took a backseat to Ryan Mathews today and only had 10 total touches. With the success of Ryan Mathews, Sproles was only used in clear passing situations. This also marks the first game he did not have a punt return. After Sproles had been trending into the lead back duties, he was relegated to more of an afterthought in this one. Sproles should see his role expand again next week as they will need a good change of pace back against a stout Seattle rush defense.

2016 Week 9 vs NYG (13 / 57 / 0 rush, 9 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Sproles once again got more touches than any other Eagles running back today, and continues to show how dangerous he can be as a punt returner. Sproles returned a kick 66 yards to set the Eagles on the Giants 15-yard line but was then stopped on 4th and 1 from the 6-yard line to stall a prime scoring opportunity. Sproles was also targeted 9 times but only managed 3 catches as Wentz could not find the mark. The Eagles continue to feature Sproles, and despite the touchdowns going to Mathews and Barner, Sproles will get the majority of the work next week out of the backfield.

2016 Week 8 vs DAL (15 / 86 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)

Sproles out-touched every other back on the Eagles today and was one of the most effective players all night. With his 103 all-purpose yards, Sproles passed LaDanian Tomlinson for 8th all-time in NFL history. Sproles ripped off a 19 yard run off the left end to help set up the Eagles first touchdown of the game. Sproles continues to be the ageless wonder contributing all over the field. He even managed to make the tackle on the Cowboys' fake punt, but in the end, it was not enough as the Eagles fell to their division rival in the Cowboys. With Ryan Mathews continuing to be ineffective, look for Sproles to get more touches again next week.

2016 Week 7 vs MIN (3 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

It is starting to appear that this role that Sproles is in is just going to be the role that is going to continue for the rest of the year. Earlier in the year, we saw an uptick in touches, but it has gone back down as he just had three targets this week and only carried the ball three times. For the aging running back, he is hard to trust just because the volume is not there that we would typically look for in a potential running back.

2016 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

The run game was almost non-existent for the Eagles today, and Sproles was no exceptions. He touched the ball a total of 5 times with 4 rush for 20 yards and 1 catch for 4 yards. These are the kind of numbers we would expect if Mathews was having a big game, but today was all because the offense was not clicking. Sproles could be a sneaky value play against the Vikings next week if the Eagles get down early and are in clear passing situations. Otherwise, do not expect to see a big increase in his workload as Mathews is the clear number one back.

2016 Week 5 vs DET (5 / 45 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Sproles carried the ball 5 times for 45 yards and outgained all other Eagles' rushers this week. He was out-touched by Ryan Mathews but was able to make the most out of those opportunities. Sproles also pulled in all 4 of his targets for 23 yards. Interestingly enough, Matthews was targeted more than Sproles this week, but do not expect that trend to continue. Again the Redskins rank 31st in rush defense and Sproles should be able to find some holes in that defense next week.

2016 Week 3 vs PIT (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 128 / 1 rec)

Sproles was non-existent in the running game today as he carried the ball two times for negative one yards. He did show up in the passing game however as he reeled in six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. The big strike coming on a 73-yard connection from Wentz resulting in a touchdown, Sproles is going to make a few of these plays per year as when he gets into open space he is almost impossible to tackle. He is not going to out touch Matthews in the running game, but he is a dangerous returner and on clear passing downs.

2016 Week 2 vs CHI (12 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles led the team in carries in this game, as they utilized him on carries off tackle to try to utilize his speed on the edge. This was largely unsuccessful except for a 14 yard run in the fourth quarter where he was able to carry the ball off the right tackle. Sproles was not utilized in the passing game as much as we would like to see, but the game script came into play here as he was not needed in passing downs late in the game.

2016 Week 1 vs CLE (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Sproles was disappointing today as he just had two targets in this game, however he did have a great punt return for forty yards which setup a nice Eagles drive. This game script didn't setup well for Sproles as he is going to perform better in games where the Eagles get down early and are forced to throw for most of the game. The versatile running back is still returning kicks and punts which is where he is going to drive a lot of his value, but from a running back standpoint he was unable to find any running room when he was in the game which seemed to be a trend throughout the day that the Eagles struggled to run the ball. He did add in two receptions out of the backfield which should be his role going forward on passing downs as Ryan Mathews did not receive a target in this game.


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