Darren Sproles RB PHI 1 week 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.

Competitive 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 5 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.

Competitive 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 5 months ago

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

Competitive 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 5 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.

Competitive 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 5 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.

Competitive 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 5 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.

Competitive 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 6 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.

Competitive 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.

Darren Sproles RB PHI 6 months ago

Sproles was contained to two carries for four yards and four receptions (on six targets) for 21 yards during Thursday's defeat at Detroit.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the Lions pouring it on as the first half unfolded, head coach Chip Kelly opted to use a pass-heavy approach, which would typically benefit a receiving back like Sproles. Indeed, Sproles was targeted a half dozen times, but his inability to break one quelled his production. If the offense continues to sputter in the last third of the season, he won't both worthy of consideration outside of deep PPR formats, though the likely return of Sam Bradford (shoulder/concussion) in Week 13 could turn Sproles' fortunes.

Darren Sproles RB PHI 6 months ago

Sproles caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, and carried the ball six times for 21 yards in Sunday's 45-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sproles capitalized on the absence of fellow running back Ryan Mathews, making the Buccaneers pay in the passing game by taking a 35-yard bubble screen to the house. His contributions went for naught, considering the Eagles were still more than doubled-up on the scoreboard, but he made himself felt with more touches. His ability to produce on Thanksgiving likely depends entirely on Mathews' health.

Darren Sproles RB PHI 7 months ago

Sproles rushed for 23 yards on five carries in Sunday's win over Dallas. He added two catches for three yards on three targets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sproles has now been held to 25 or fewer total yards in four of eight games. Long known as a more dangerous receiver than runner, Sproles is fourth on the team with 24 catches, but just nine of those have come in the past five games. During those same five games, Sproles has seen an overall reduction in share of touches with the emergence of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, with just 28 as compared to Mathews' 46 and Murray's 95. The 32-year-old back may have been able to top Father Time better than most of his peers, but he is having a much harder time topping Philadelphia's two younger runners.