Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
3 weeks ago

Sproles is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Eagles' first unofficial depth chart, The Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles and Ryan Mathews are reportedly far ahead of the other backs, with the former expected to handle most of the passing-down work while the latter gets most of the carries. Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood are also in the mix to earn roles, but Smallwood has missed the last week of training camp while recovering from a quadriceps injury. Sproles recently signed a one-year extension that also increases his salary for this season.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
1 month ago

Sproles agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Eagles on Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles is now set to remain in Philadelphia through the 2017 season, with the additional year worth $4.5 million. Despite his old age for a running back at 33-years-old, Sproles figures to play a key role out of the backfield and as part of the return game. Per usual he should be a bit more valuable in PPR formats as he's proven to be a versatile option in the team's aerial attack as well.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
3 months ago

Sproles has reported to practice and resumed his "extensive" role in the Eagles' system, Dave Zangaro of CSN Philadelphia reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles skipped the voluntary portion of the Eagles' offseason program due to family-related issues, but returned to practice Tuesday and participated in both team and position drills, as well as on special teams returning punts. The latter is nothing new, as Sproles has been returning punts for years now (and has returned a pair for touchdowns each of the past two seasons). Nonetheless, it's reaffirming to hear newly-assigned head coach Doug Pederson declare the almost-33-year-old Sproles as the "primary guy" regarding punt returns, and offensively as "a big part of what we do." Sproles has operated as a gadget player collecting 70 rushing attempts and roughly 50 receptions on average in each of his two years in Philadelphia, but those numbers could rise in a remodeled offense sans DeMarco Murray.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
3 months ago

Though Sproles was not in attendance for the Eagles' voluntary OTAs, per NJ.com, coach Doug Pederson expects the running back to be present for the team's mandatory activities.

EDGE Analysis

With Sproles not on the field and Ryan Mathews limited in his work this week, Kenjon Barner and rookie Wendell Smallwood have been seeing added RB reps. While there have been reports that the Eagles received calls from other teams inquiring about Sproles during the NFL draft, no deal is imminent. In the event that the Eagles do move Sproles, or he sustains an injury, Smallwood -- who is viewed as a natural pass-catcher by Pederson -- could see added opportunities in the team's offense.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
8 months ago

Sproles ran the ball three times for 24 yards and a touchdown, and caught three passes for 20 yards, in Sunday's 35-30 win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles' yards from scrimmage ended up nearly identical to his first season in Philadelphia, but his rushing touchdowns were cut in half, from six to three, and his yards per carry fell by two yards per attempt. The Eagles' offense as a whole was notably less productive in 2015 than in Chip Kelly's first two years, and Sproles showed both on offense and in the return game that he can still produce as a playmaker. Where he fits in the Eagles' offense remains to be seen.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
8 months ago

Sproles caught seven passes for 56 yards and ran five times for nine yards in Saturday's 38-24 loss to Washington.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles' up-and-down season continued in the Eagles' NFC East-deciding loss to Washington. He found space time and time again in the passing game, receiving nine targets from quarterback Sam Bradford, the second-most of any Eagles player. But he was unable to find his feet in the run game, averaging less than two yards per carry. His punt returns continue to be his biggest chance at a boom game, and the Eagles have always returned punts well against the Giants. Still, he's likely a boom-or-bust option at the flex.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
8 months ago

Sproles had six carries for nine yards and three catches for 16 yards (on four targets) in Sunday's 40-17 loss to the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

DeMarco Murray only had two carries for three yards, with Ryan Mathews getting 11 carries for 58 yards and one catch (on two targets) for three yards. Chip Kelly blamed game flow for Murray's lack of touches, but it's pretty evident that Kelly has simply decided the team is better off with a Mathews-Sproles backfield. That's not to say Murray won't get any touches at all, but the development does bode well for Sproles and Mathews in Week 16 against the Redskins. Still, the committee is far from an ideal situation, even with Murray's role in decline.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
8 months ago

Sproles picked up 41 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, as well as two catches for four receiving yards on three targets Sunday against the Bills.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles saw nine touches while Ryan Mathews (concussion/groin) got 15 and DeMarco Murray got 13 as the Eagles utilized a three-way running back platoon. The diminutive running back showed his explosiveness by leading the trio in yards despite seeing the least action, and was also the only member of the group to find the end zone. Sproles is one of the NFL's premier players in space, so he has a good shot ripping off a few big gains despite facing a tough Cardinals defense next week.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
8 months ago

NFL.com relays via Albert Breer that the Eagles likely will utilize "a platoon approach at running back" Sunday against the Bills, with Sproles "leading the way and Ryan Mathews being mixed" in his return to action.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, with Kenjon Barner also on hand to work in a change-of-pace role, the report suggests that DeMarco Murray could end up being the team's fourth-most used running back on Sunday. In any case, though some form of a committee arrangement will likely be in play here, Sproles looks like the highest-percentage fantasy option in the Eagles' backfield this week, especially in PPR formats, give his pass-catching ability.

Darren Sproles
RB PHI (4)
9 months ago

Sproles ran 15 times for a season-high 66 yards and returned a punt for an 83-yard touchdown in Sunday's 35-28 upset win at New England. He also caught four of six targets for 34 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles easily led Philadelphia in rushing Sunday, as DeMarco Murray ran for just 24 yards on eight carries. It'll be interesting to see how much the team uses Sproles over the next few weeks, but it does appear that they've soured a bit on Murray. However, Ryan Mathews (concussion) will return at some point, so even if they continue to phase out Murray, that doesn't necessarily mean a big workload for Sproles. In any event, Sproles and the Eagles will face a solid Bills' rush defense next week.