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Breaking: Darren Sproles Has Agreed to Return to Philadelphia on a 1-Year Deal

19 July 2019 Eagles News


As Eagles fans around the world sat in traffic on their way home from a long work week or fought over prime positioning in front of their air conditioning, the Eagles were busy at work re-signing one of their key veterans to a one-year deal. Veteran running back Darren Sproles is officially back for one last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. With training camp right around the corner, this was a big move to bring another back into an already crowded, but more importantly, talented back field.

The Eagles struggled to run the ball consistently in 2018 due to injuries or lack of experience. Rookie Josh Adams ended up being the leading rusher with 511 yards and 3 scores. Injuries to Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, and Sproles caused issues in the run game and put immense pressure on Carson; however, Howie went to work this off season and brought in Jordan Howard and drafted Miles Sanders. Howard ranks third in yardage since 2016 only behind Ezekiel Elliot and Todd Gurley. Sanders is a talented rookie from Penn State who was given the keys to the Nittany Lion Kingdom after former teammate Saquon Barkley left for the NFL. Sanders was absolutely electric in his lone year as a starter and is primed to breakout in 2019. That being said, Sanders has been dealing with a hamstring injury which makes the timing of the Sproles signing interesting. It does sound like Sanders is ready to role; nevertheless, we learned from past years that you can never have enough talent and depth at any position.

Sproles will be entering his sixth year in midnight green and his 15th NFL season. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time First-Team All-Pro, has an NFL record 2,696 all-purpose yards in a season in 2011, He ranks sixth in NFL history in career all-purpose yards in NFL history at 19,020. Although he was apart of a magical run in 2017 and received a ring, he did not play in the Super Bowl and is on a mission to do his part this year. Sproles only appeared in six games in 2018; however, his late season helped fuel a playoff push. After returning in December, Sproles scored in three of the five remaining regular season games. In a do-or-die game verse Houston, Sproles totaled 108 rushing and receiving yards and a key score in the game. Sproles is on his farewell tour but he still has the juice.

The 2019 running back room is shaping up to be fierce. It seems like Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement, and Darren Sproles are the four locks to make the team. I know that Clement had an off year, but his rookie year breakout should not be a distant memory and his price tag along with his upside is too good to be true. It looks like Boston Scott, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey, and Josh Adams will battle it out for what would most likely be the fifth running back roster spot. Bringing back Sproles is a great move in so many ways. Sproles brings leadership, experience, and has one of the best work ethics in the league. If he did not think he could help this team, he would not have come back. Sanders and the other young backs will be attached at the hype and learn to eat, play, study, and sleep like the pro’s pro’s that Darren has become in his 15 year career.

 


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