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Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

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Draft: 2005 Round 4 (29)
College: Kansas State
Ht: 5’6”  Wt: 190 DOB: 1983-06-20 Age: 32

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2005 SD 15 0 8 50 6.3 0 4 3 10 3.3 0 6.0 0.4
2007 SD 15 0 37 164 4.4 2 12 10 31 3.1 0 31.5 2.1
2008 SD 16 0 61 330 5.4 1 34 29 342 11.8 5 103.2 6.5
2009 SD 16 2 93 343 3.7 3 57 45 497 11.0 4 126.0 7.9
2010 SD 16 2 51 270 5.3 0 75 59 520 8.8 2 91.0 5.7
2011 NO 16 4 87 603 6.9 2 111 86 710 8.3 7 185.3 11.6
2012 PHI 13 0 48 244 5.1 1 104 75 667 8.9 7 139.1 10.7
2012 (Projected) PHI     128 565 4.4 3   74 645 8.7 5 169.0  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
The Saints signed Sproles to a multi-year contract during the 2011 offseason and the expectation was that he would serve as a pass catching threat out of the backfield as well as spice up the teamís return game. Letís just say that for $14-million over four years, the Saints got an absolute bargain. Sproles set career highs in rushing yards with 603, receptions with 86, receiving yards with 710 and receiving touchdowns with seven while averaging 11.6 FPts/G. Is a repeat performance in 2012 in the cards? Why not? Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram figure to handle the majority of the work on rushing downs but when you chuck the ball around as much as the Saints do, there arenít many rushing downs. Since Sproles hauled in an amazing 77.5% of his targets and averaged 8.3 yards per reception, a short pass to him beats a running play in most instances. While the Saints are unlikely to move Sproles into the starting lineup, he certainly ranks as their top fantasy running back entering the 2012 season. Sproles shapes up as a mid-tier RB2 in standard scoring formats and an upper tier RB2 in PPR leagues.
Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 DeMarco Murray
RB2RB2 Ryan Mathews
RB3RB3 Darren Sproles
RB4RB4 Kenjon Barner
Eagles Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Ryan Mathews earning more carries     -- Tue Sep 29 9:47 am --

Eagles RB committee breakdown is shifting
The Eagles' game plan for the Jets similarly had a different flavor than the vanilla one used in the opener in Atlanta. The outside zone run became the go-to play for an offense that relied on the inside zone in Chip Kelly's first two seasons. Ryan Mathews thrived on the outside zone plays. He motored around the corner for 27 yards on his first carry - breaking two tackles along the way - and later picked up an additional 40 yards on eight outside zone runs. (Philadelphia Enquirer)

FF Today's Take: With DeMarco Murray sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mathews looked sharp as the lead runner, with Darren Sproles contributing plenty of output in the passing game and on special teams. Murray's lingering injury issues could slide more work to Mathews in the coming weeks.
Injury DeMarco Murray inactive     -- Sun Sep 27 11:30 am --

Hamstring injury
DeMarco Murray is inactive. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: With Murray inactive, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles should handle the bulk of the running back work for the Eagles.
Injury DeMarco Murray won't practice Thursday     -- Thu Sep 24 12:15 pm --

Status for Sunday uncertain
DeMarco Murray remains a mystery for Sunday. Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Thursday that his starting running back is still being evaluated for a hamstring injury ahead of this weekend's matchup with the New York Jets. Murray won't practice Thursday and the team isn't sure if he'll suit up for Week 3. (

FF Today's Take: We'll monitor practice reports Friday and Saturday but it sounds like Murray is shaping up to be a gametime decision. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles would see increased touches if Murray sits. The Eagles and Jets play early Sunday.
Eagles want to get Sproles more involved     -- Thu Sep 3 4:20 pm --

Eagles hinting at more two-back sets in 2015?
The coaching staff has consistently said they want to get Darren Sproles involved more, and you saw why on Sam Bradfordís first touchdown pass against the Packers. "We'd like to get him the ball steadily and consistently, and he certainly is a unique, outstanding player," OC Pat Shurmur said. "We just need to make sure we get him the ball, and we have a plan to do that." The more you use Sproles, the more you can use him as a decoy as well. He draws a lot of attention from defenses, which is why I expect to see more two running back sets this season. (Philly Mag: Birds 24/7)

FF Today's Take: The Eagles have spent a bit of time talking up Sproles this summer despite the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, even floating out the idea of using him in the slot. Some beat writers have a suggested a 65/30/5 split (Murray-Mathews-Sproles) for the Eagles' backfield, although it is extremely like Sproles will see heavy action in two-minute drills, third-down situations or whenever the team is trailing late.
Murray doesn't expect to alternate series at RB     -- Thu Aug 27 4:45 pm --

Rushing champ claims Eagles' rotation hasn't been decided yet
On Tuesday, DeMarco Murray was asked how he expects the rotation to play out. Will the RBs alternate series? Will they spell one another during a drive? "I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Ryan Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it." Murray explained that against the Ravens, the Eagles were just trying to get all three top running backs time with the first-team offense. (CSN Philly)

FF Today's Take: It is almost inconceivable that Philadelphia hasn't discussed the backfield situation yet, but this week's dress-rehearsal preseason game should give us a clue into how HC Chip Kelly intends to utilize Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles. One possible outcome could be that Murray starts and cedes one series per half and most early-down relief work to Mathews while Sproles handles most of the third down work. As such, Murray should probably be treated as a low-end RB1 at most.

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