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|When Darren Sproles was released by the New Orleans Saints in 2013 it was hard to imagine he could maintain his value outside of the Saints offensive system, especially at 31 years od. However he’s caught 95 balls for 755 yards and has scored 10 total touchdowns with the Eagles in two seasons and even at age 33, some beat writers have called him the “best running back on the team”. Sproles may never see the 70-plus receptions that were commonplace during his three years with the Saints, but 60 receptions wouldn’t be surprising during his 2016 season. While Ryan Mathews is healthy, Sproles will likely be used in a backup role, seeing a handful of carries per game, but will retain value as a third-down back in PPR leagues. This is a system that allowed Jamaal Charles to be amongst the leading receivers at the RB position each year.
| Opportunity knocks for Eagles RB Byron Marshall|
Ryan Mathews placed on IR
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Dec 28, 1:05 pm
|With Ryan Mathews joining fellow running backs Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner on injured reserve, the Eagles have just two running backs on their roster: Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall. Marshall, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, was promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago after Smallwood was placed on IR with a knee injury. “Right now, the plan is (to primarily use) Darren,’’ Pederson said. “But for sure we’ll see a little more of (Marshall) on first and second down, and even some third-down situations. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Ryan Mathews (back) out, the Eagles will need to rely on Bryon Marshall to complement Darren Sproles in the backfield Sunday. The rookie had 11 touches last week and could see a few more against the Cowboys. Marshall may not have a ton of upside but he may become a nice backup option if your typical starter is in danger of sitting out this weekend. Meanwhile, Ryan Mathews may become a salary cap casualty after the season despite scoring nine touchdowns on 776 total yards in 2016.