The return of Sproles will be key for the Eagles
Thursday will signal the return of Darren Sproles. Sproles has made it known that this season will be his last. The 35-year-old suffered a torn ACL and broken arm on the same play week three against the Giants forcing him to miss the rest of the year.
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— NFL (@NFL) June 20, 2017
With that said I think a lot of people have forgotten just how important Sproles was to the offense before going down. Some people thought he might not even make the Eagles final 53 man roster.
Sprole train back on track
Let’s not forget just how good Sproles is. Still one of the best third down backs Sproles brings a unique factor that neither Jay Ajayi or Corey Clement can. At 5’6 190 he’s extremely difficult to bring down. In 2016 the former Kansas State Wildcat basically was a starting back for most of the season.
He received 146 touches totaling 865 yards. His 52 receptions were third on the team only behind Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz. Add in the return yards and before getting hurt last year Sproles had totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards his first three seasons in midnight green.
Sproles along with Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Chris Maragos and others sat and watched as the Eagles made history. Now back to 100% the 14 year veteran is ready to go out with a bang. Sproles currently has 19,155 all-purpose yards which is good for eighth in NFL History.
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If the K-State Alum can turn back the clock he has a chance to become just the fifth player in NFL history to reach 20,000 all-purpose yards. Furthermore, he needs just 528 yards to move past Tim Brown for fifth all time.
Roll with Sproles
While we know Ajayi is expected to be the guy and Clement is an emerging presence but let’s not forget about old reliable. Sproles will be returning kicks and punts plus will be utilized as a weapon all over the field. With Alshon Jeffery out for at least two weeks expect Sproles to receive a good amount of targets in the passing game. In addition, Nick Foles will be starting and that could be a way to get him going with some quick passes to Sproles.
Darren Sproles has announced this will be his last season in the NFL.
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The return of Sproles is a welcome one. If he remains healthy that’s just another weapon for this offense. The Eagles host the Falcons on Thursday night looking for a repeat of last year. What do you expect from Sproles this season?
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All stats via Pro-Football-Reference.com and NFL.com