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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Preseason player page

The performance of Sproles as a returner dropped off last year, making his a situation to watch as the season progresses in Philadelphia.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 16): The NFL never should allowed Chip Kelly to get his hands on Darren Sproles. Sproles' relatively low snap count introduces risk to playing him any given week, but he is a strong RB1 in PPR leagues through two weeks, and until he lets us down, it's a good idea to keep him in your lineup.

Week 3: vs Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Eagles' rushing attack is really a rushing/receiving attack - on Monday night, Philadelphia's backs piled up 28/127/2 rushing at Indianapolis with 20/79/1 rushing for LeSean McCoy and 4/26/1 rushing for Darren Sproles. They added 4/23/0 receiving for McCoy and a team-best 7/152/0 receiving for Sproles in the other phase of the game. This may be the most potent running back tandem in the NFL right now, friends. The Washington defensive front is ranked fourth in the league, averaging 70.0 rushing yards allowed per game, with zero rushing scores given up to date. Jacksonville's sad-sack rushing attack eked out 10/25/0 rushing at Washington last week in a blowout 10-41 loss in which Washington held the ball for 39:01 during the game. Two strong units clash in this game. As the game is going down in Philadelphia's home field, we think this is a neutral matchup with neither team holding an edge over the other.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs JAX 11 71 1 6 4 14 0 0
2 at IND 4 26 1 7 7 152 0 0
3 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds 8 * * 4 * * *
3 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 4 * * *
3 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom 6 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs JAX (11 / 71 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)

On his first action of the game he was stuffed at the line of scrimmage for a run of no gain. He later had a screen pass that he picked up a few yards on. Sproles had back to back touches with a -1 yard run and then a quick 5 yard reception that was well short on a 3rd and 11 and did very little to help the Eagles pick up the first down. Sproles had an 8 yard reception and then followed that up with a burst up the middle on a 4th and 1 that he raced straight forward for a 49 yard touchdown. On the next Jaguars punt Sproles fielded the ball and made some nice moves on the left side of the field and set the Eagles up nicely with a 22 yard punt return and gave the Eagles possession at the Jaguars 40 yard line. On the very next Jaguars punt, Sproles once again had a big 22 yard punt return and his two big special teams plays to go along with his electric run up the middle for a touchdown really turned the game around in the Eagles favor. He showed what he can add to this team with his game changing ability every time he touches the ball. Sproles used his quickness on back to back runs of 10 and 5 yards and went right up the middle.

2014 Week 2 vs IND (4 / 26 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 152 / 0 rec)

Sproles made his first touch of the game count as he burst up the middle and took a quick pass from Foles and just flat out raced down the field for 57 yards. The next play he took a handoff for a 3 yard gain straight up the middle. Sproles took another quick pass from Foles and did more work with his quickness and picked up an easy 9 yard gain as he flew past defenders. Sproles came in fresh on a 3rd down and quickly raced to the left and picked up 4 yards and a first down. Sproles continued to see plenty of action and had a screen pass for 8 yards to the left side and then took another 2 yard pass for a first down. Sproles had a 8 yard screen pass from Foles where he used his speed to just go forward and get as many yards as he could. Sproles had one of the best touchdowns of the season as he cut back to the right side of the field and bounced his way into the endzone. It looked as if he was stopped short of the goal but just kept moving his legs and forced his way in for the game tying touchdown. Sproles showed his game changing speed once again on a screen pass from Foles and raced for a 51 yard gain and set the Eagles up for their third touchdown of the game. This is the second week in a row where Sproles has ignited this offense and made plays where he got his team in a position to turn things around and win the game. Sproles finished things off with a huge 17 yard gain on a short pass from Foles which but the ball on the Colts 19 yard line and set up the game winning field goal.


Latest News

Eagles | Darren Sproles has career night (Mon Sep 15, 11:47 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles had seven receptions for a career-high 152 yards in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Sept. 15. He also had four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Our View: According to Elias, it’s the second-most in a single game in NFL history by a player 5’6” or shorter. The record holder is Lionel James (5’6”) when he had 168 receiving yards for the Chargers on November 10, 1985 against the Raiders.
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Eagles | Darren Sproles produces (Mon Sep 8, 09:02 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles had 11 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 14 yards in Week 1. He played 33 snaps (38 percent) while RB LeSean McCoy played 67 percent of the snaps. The two took four snaps together.

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