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Sproles sparked the Philadelphia offense in Monday's 30-27 win over the Colts, piling up 152 receiving yards on seven receptions, with another 26 yards and a touchdown on four carries.

The Eagles have to be loving the early returns from Sproles, who looks like he'll be a strong fantasy option without taking away much of LeSean McCoy's value. Though he's 31 years old, Sproles looks as quick and elusive as ever, and he's still an expert at setting up his own blocks. He has 13 targets and 15 carries through two games, while McCoy has 11 targets and 41 carries. The Eagles are making sure to get both running backs the ball, and it helps that the team runs more plays per game than the average team.

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Sproles had 11 carries for 71 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as four catches on six targets for 14 receiving yards Sunday against the Jaguars.

There were high expectations for what Sproles could do in the passing game under head coach Chip Kelly, but it was his 49-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that started the Eagles' comeback after they went into halftime down 17-0. While LeSean McCoy is still clearly the feature back in Philadelphia, Sproles has the ability to take one to the house on any touch, which keeps him relevant in most leagues, and especially PPR ones.

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Sproles had six carries for 33 yards and a touchdown and one reception for four yards on four targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.

Sproles surprisingly got most of his touches via hand-off this preseason, but he'll likely be more of a receiving threat once the games count. While the Eagles haven't elaborated on how they plan to use Sproles, it's hard to imagine that he'd take too big a bite out of LeSean McCoy's carries. However, should McCoy suffer an injury more serious than Thursday night's sprained thumb, Sproles might have a much bigger role in the running game. For now, the diminutive running back can still be expected to do most of his damage through the air.

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It's still unclear how the Eagles plan to use Sproles in 2014, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Sproles' brief, likely meaningless showing in Philadelphia's preseason opener saw him run three times for 11 yards on seven plays, and he wasn't targeted in the passing game. The general expectation is that the Eagles will utilize Sproles in a somewhat opposite way during the real games, using him more as a pass-catching target than a traditional running back, but Chip Kelly is neither conventional nor transparent with his plans. No matter whether he serves as LeSean McCoy's true backup at running back or as a unique off-the-bench receiving option, the Eagles figure to make Sproles a noteworthy part of the offense one way or another. The fact that they traded for him and gave him a two-year extension implies they plan to get good mileage out of him.

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Darren Sproles is taking the majority of second-string running back reps at OTAs.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests Darren Sproles will get 6-8 touches per game this season.

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Eagles GM Howie Roseman believes the team can replace DeSean Jackson's production with a "combination" of Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz, Jeremy Maclin, and Riley Cooper.

The Eagles will miss some of the tactical advantages D-Jax provides -- he often required a safety over the top -- but it's clear they plan to replace his touches in committee fashion, perhaps also including an early-round rookie receiver. Sproles can do some of the things Jackson did close to the line of scrimmage, like bubble screens, "pop" passes, and wheels. He remains on the radar in PPR leagues. Ertz and Maclin are better 2014 breakout candidates.

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Darren Sproles' new three-year contract with the Eagles is worth $10.5 million.

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Eagles signed RB Darren Sproles to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

Sproles, 31 in June, was already under contract for $3.5 million for 2014, the final year of his deal. It's possible GM Howie Roseman is extending Sproles to knock the cap hit down a bit, but we doubt it since the Eagles are already in terrific cap shape. The deal locks Sproles in as LeSean McCoy's No. 2 and could make Bryce Brown expendable. Coach Chip Kelly doesn't seem to be a fan of Brown's. The Eagles might be able to get a late-round pick for him.

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Saints traded RB Darren Sproles to the Eagles in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The NFL's No. 2 offense just got more dangerous. Chip Kelly is a master at using dynamic, versatile talents in space to his advantage, and Sproles fits that bill perfectly. He's caught 70+ passes in each of the last three seasons. Sproles will split out wide some, provide a major boost in the return game and give LeSean McCoy some third-down breaks as he comes off a 366-touch season. Sproles turns 31 in June, but is entering the final year of his contract. It's a low-risk, high-upside move for an Eagles team with sights set on the Super Bowl.