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Darren Sproles

33-Year-Old Running Back – Philadelphia Eagles

2016 Rush/Rec Stats

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19

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51

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160

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2016 Rush/Rec Projections

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2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Are we starting to see the beginning of the end? Sproles had the worst yards per carry mark (3.8) of his career last year — a two-yard drop from the previous season — and his catch rate and average ca...

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2016 ADP:  144.85

Rank (Overall): Hidden

Rank (RB): Hidden

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Bye Week:  4

HT: 5' 6"   WT: 190   DOB: 6/20/1983  College: Kansas State  DRAFTED: 4th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Darren Sproles Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract extension with the Eagles in July of 2016.

September 25, 2016  –  Darren Sproles News

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Sproles rushed twice for minus-1 yard, but hauled in all six of his targets for 128 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Steelers.

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Darren Sproles NFL Stats
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  Rushing Rush Distance Big Rush Games Receiving Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 25 16 61 330 1 5.4 - - - - - 29 342 11.8 5 34 - - - - - -
2009 26 16 93 343 3 3.7 2 0 - - - 45 497 11.0 4 54 - - - - - -
2010 27 SD 16 50 267 0 5.3 3 0 0 0 0 59 520 8.8 2 75 1257 0 166 0 3 3
2011 28 NO 16 87 603 2 6.9 7 0 0 0 0 86 710 8.3 7 112 1089 0 294 1 0 0
2012 29 NO 13 48 244 1 5.1 2 1 0 0 0 75 667 8.9 7 104 483 0 183 0 0 0
2013 30 NO 15 53 220 2 4.2 1 0 0 0 0 71 604 8.5 2 89 255 0 194 0 2 2
2014 31 Phi 15 57 329 6 5.8 2 1 0 0 0 40 387 9.7 0 62 15 0 506 2 4 1
2015 32 Phi 16 83 317 3 3.8 1 0 0 0 0 55 388 7.1 1 83 20 0 446 2 2 0
2016 33 Phi 3 19 51 0 2.7 0 0 0 0 0 10 160 16.0 1 13 19 0 75 0 0 0
2016 Proj 33 PHI Subscribe now to see our 2013 projections for Darren Sproles

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Darren Sproles Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Rec/G Yds/G YPT In20 In10 In5
2008 25 16 6.5 8.3 7.4 4 21 12 - - 2 21 10.1 5 - -
2009 26 16 7.9 10.7 9.3 6 21 30 17 7 3 31 9.2 6 3 2
2010 27 SD 16 5.7 9.4 7.5 3 17 6 5 2 4 33 6.9 7 0 0
2011 28 NO 16 11.6 17.0 14.3 5 38 13 2 1 5 44 6.3 14 5 3
2012 29 NO 13 10.7 16.5 13.6 4 19 5 2 0 6 51 6.4 19 12 4
2013 30 NO 15 7.1 11.8 9.5 4 15 10 8 2 5 40 6.8 8 1 0
2014 31 Phi 15 7.2 9.8 8.5 4 22 9 5 2 3 26 6.2 7 0 0
2015 32 Phi 16 5.9 9.3 7.6 5 20 11 5 2 3 24 4.7 5 1 0
2016 33 Phi 3 9.0 12.4 10.7 6 17 4 0 0 3 53 12.3 2 0 0
2016 Proj 33 PHI Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Darren Sproles

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Darren Sproles – Playing Time Overview

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#2 Running Back
Also Listed As:  #1 Punt Returner

Snap Count Stats

103

Offensive Snaps in 2016

Darren Sproles was on the field for 103 of his team's snaps on offense in 2016.

15

Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Darren Sproles was on the field for 15 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Off ST
2014 313 81
2015 393 91
2016 103 15
Darren Sproles 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Rushing Rush Distance Receiving Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Runs Red Zone Targets
Week Opp Off ST Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 Cle 38 6 5 12 0 2.4 0 0 2 24 12.0 0 5 0 0 19 0 59 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 @Chi 41 5 12 40 0 3.3 0 0 2 8 4.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
3 Pit 24 4 2 -1 0 -0.5 0 0 6 128 21.3 1 6 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 BYE Bye Week
5 @Det
6 @Was
7 Min
8 @Dal
9 @NYG
10 Atl
11 @Sea
12 GB
13 @Cin
14 Was
15 @Bal
16 NYG
17 Dal

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Darren Sproles  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Running Backs
Height:   5' 6"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   190 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.47 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   3.96 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.96 sec
AVERAGE
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   33 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   105 in
TERRIBLE
Bench Press:   23 reps
GOOD
Philadelphia Eagles Team Injury Report
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Darren Sproles: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Sproles rushed 12 times for 40 yards and caught two passes (on two targets) for eight yards in Monday night's win over the Bears.

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Sproles carried five times for 12 yards to go along with two receptions for 24 yards in the Eagles' 29-10 victory over the Browns on Sunday.

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Sproles is expected to be a complementary option to starting running back Ryan Mathews this season, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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

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

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

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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.

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2016

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2015

Sproles didn't exactly get the “shiny new toy” treatment in his first season in Chip Kelly's playpen, but he still provided plenty of value for the Eagles. Seeing fewer snaps and far fewer targets than he had with the Saints, Sproles compensated by improving his production on the ground and scoring a career-high six rushing touchdowns. The 5-6 Sproles is never going to be anyone's idea of a feature back, but his elusiveness, soft hands and smooth routes allow him to excel in the passing game, and on the ground he can get into the secondary simply by hiding in traffic. He has more competition for touches this season, as DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews replaced LeSean McCoy, but the more important offseason move for Sproles might have been Jeremy Maclin's departure for Kansas City. With Jordan Matthews moving to the outside to replace Maclin, Sproles could see more action in the slot and return to the high-volume targets of his Saints days.

2014

This offseason brought a major change for Sproles, who was dealt to the Eagles after three years of outstanding production with the Saints. But while the scenery has changed, his role shouldn't – never a featured back in New Orleans, he'll play second fiddle to LeSean McCoy now, and he'll still be counted on to catch plenty of passes out of the backfield while taking handoffs about five times per game. Although he won't have megastar Drew Brees hooking up with him anymore, the diminutive Sproles (he stands only 5-6, 190) should quickly establish a rapport with Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who had a big breakout season last year. That Foles-to-Sproles combo should have Philadelphia's sports-talk jockeys humming throughout the campaign. Though he's entering his age-31 season, Sproles seems to be an exception to the "rule" of running-back aging, thanks in large part to the fact that he's never even hit 100 carries in a season while occupying the role of a pass-catching back. It's better, perhaps, to think of him as a slot receiver in his middle years who gets some carries and qualifies at RB. Indeed, Sproles' main value will continue to be in PPR formats, where his high volume of pass targets should quite reasonably be expected to result in a fourth consecutive season of 70-plus receptions. He hasn't been greatly productive in terms of raw yardage recently, failing to break 1,000 yards in each of the last two years, and with McCoy likely to be a big factor near the goal line, Sproles seems unlikely to rack up big touchdown totals.

2013

In 29 games as a Saint, Sproles has piled up 2,224 yards from scrimmage and 18 total touchdowns (including a kick return). That he's done so while rushing only 135 times is remarkable. Coming out of the backfield, the lightning-quick Sproles is a difficult matchup for opposing defenders, and his route-running skills and good hands make him a reliable target for Drew Brees. Sproles' 161 catches the last two years put him on par with the better slot receivers in the NFL – and they don't qualify at running back and also accumulate rushing stats. This makes him especially valuable in PPR formats. A broken hand limited Sproles to 13 games in 2012, and yet he still led the position in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns – without Sean Payton on the sideline. The return of the Saints coach figures only to increase Sproles' value for 2013.

2012

Despite finishing tied for 56th in carries, Sproles totaled 1,313 yards with nine touchdowns last year, proving to be one of the league’s best offseason free-agent signings. He was a PPR monster, as his 86 receptions, 710 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches led all running backs (so did his 6.9 YPC, albeit in a small sample). He might be the quickest back in all of football, but even at just 5-6, 190, he’s much more physical than his small frame suggests, as Sproles’ 3.67 YPC after contact was the second-best mark in the NFL. In non-PPR leagues, it’s tough to draft someone early who averaged just 5.4 carries per game last season, but with his skill set and in such a potent offense (assuming Drew Brees re-signs), Sproles merits consideration once the top tiers are off the board.

2011

While it would be interesting to see what Sproles could do with 200 carries (assuming it didn’t result in death), it appears he’ll never be given the opportunity, thanks to his 5-6, 190-pound frame. A terrific blocker, Sproles got 5.3 YPC and was once again one of the league’s best receiving backs in the NFL last season, racking up 59 catches for 520 yards. As a Saint, Sproles will likely play a similar role as a versatile weapon on the ground and through the air, much like his New Orleans predecessor Reggie Bush. Still, Sproles is a passing-down back who possesses far more fantasy value in PPR formats than in standard leagues.

2010

Sproles received a career-high in carries last season, but it was still a modest 93, as he remained exclusively in a third-down role. His YPC dropped from 5.4 in 2008 to 3.7, but his receiving was still elite — he averaged an NFL-best 11.0 yards-per-catch and caught four touchdowns (giving him an impressive nine receiving TDs the last two years). It would be interesting to see what Sproles could do with 20 touches per game, but the Chargers prefer that never happens, trading up to select Ryan Mathews in the first round of the draft. Sproles is nothing more than a talented backup in a terrific offensive system with immense upside should his role unexpectedly change.

2009

Sproles didn’t start a single regular season game last year, but he went nuts when given the opportunity, rushing for 115 yards with two touchdowns on just 14 carries during Week 17. He also averaged 11.8 yards-per-catch, which was easily the highest among running backs. Despite limited work, Sproles totaled eight touchdowns over the final six games last season counting the playoffs. Filling in for an injured LaDainian Tomlinson during the Wild Card round, Sproles showed he’s not just a change-of-pace back, racking up 150 yards with two touchdowns on 27 touches. At 5-6, 181, Sproles isn’t likely to be the team’s workhorse, though he did average 20 carries a game over his final three seasons (39 games) at Kansas State. Sproles signed a one-year franchise tender during the offseason and expects to earn a big contract in 2010. LaDainian Tomlinson remains the unquestioned starter in San Diego, but he has 2,657 career rushing attempts and has suffered season-ending injuries in each of the past two years, so he’s a candidate to break down. If that were the case, Sproles would immediately become a top-15 option.

2008

Sproles has evolved into a dynamic return man and a legitimate threat in a limited role on offense. Last season he rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns in relief of LaDainian Tomlinson in a blowout win at Detroit, and he also scored on a 56-yard screen pass during the Bolts' win at Indianapolis during the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Enterting 2008, Sproles will be in line for an increased workload with the departure of Michael Turner to Atlanta. Sproles will likely split backup duties with rookie Jacob Hester, but he should see plenty of action as San Diego has a history of trying to keep Tomlinson healhty and fresh throughout the regular season.

2007

Sproles missed the entire 2006 season with a broken fibula. In 2005, Sproles excelled as a kick and punt returner and also got some looks in the offense as a change of pace back. He hopes to play a similar role in 2007.

2006

Sproles' value is limited mainly to special teams as a return man. He is listed as the third string running back, but the primary backup (Michael Turner) is better than a lot of starters in the league, so Sproles does not figure to see much action out of the backfield. He does excel on kick and punt returns because of his lightning quick moves and uncanny ability to make people miss.

2005

Sproles will be a very interesting player in 2005. He is small and fast, and has already earned a hefty reputation for being able to make people miss in open spaces. Though he was initially drafted to take over the team's kick and punt return duties, it is becoming more and more evident that San Diego's brain trust wants to use him out of the backfield. They like the potential mismatches that he could pose coming out of the backfield as a third down back or even in certain two-back sets lined up along with superstar LaDainian Tomlinson. But determining Sproles' true draft day value could be a tough chore because even if he sizzles in preseason, we will not know how much the team will use him when the games start for real. The Chargers would be ecstatic if he were to make two or three good plays per week, but from a fantasy perspective he only has value if he gets a consistently high number of touches. At this point, that does not seem too likely.