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43 Darren Sproles RB
Height/Weight: 5-6/190 | Birthdate: 6/20/1983 | Birthplace: Waterloo, IA, USA | Team: Philadelphia | College: Kansas State | NFL Experience: 10 | Owned/Started%: 93/28 | Average Draft Position: 42.66
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Kelly looking forward to plan for Darren Sproles


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/1/2014) Eagles coach Chip Kelly said at the NFL owners meeting that he has a plan for new running back Darren Sproles, but he's not sure how best to use him until they get out on the field.

The Eagles traded for Sproles from the Saints.

"His versatility and his ability to do different things with him is intriguing," Kelly said. "But until
we have the opportunity to get out there and practice. ..."

Kelly said he liked that Sproles can split out wide as a receiver, and he also mentioned his skills in the return game. But how he will mesh with starter LeSean McCoy or help replace the departed DeSean Jackson remains to be seen.

"Those are all things we'll figure out when we get our hands on him," Kelly said. "But we've got to be smart enough as coaches to get the ball in his hands because he's a dynamic player with the football in his hands."


Eagles give Darren Sproles two-year extension


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/14/2014) The Eagles have signed newly-acquired running back Darren Sproles to a two-year contract extension, reports ESPN.

Sproles, acquired via trade Thursday from the Saints, was set to become a free agent after the 2014 season. He's now under contract to the Eagles through 2016.


Darren Sproles headed to Philadelphia


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) On the same day it was reported that the Redskins were trying to make a move for Darren Sproles, the Eagles have emerged as the team to get him. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora is among several members of the media reporting Thursday that the Eagles will acquire Sproles in a trade from the Saints.

"Darren Sproles is an unbelievable offensive weapon," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said in a statement. "He can do it all, run, catch, plus he's a proven winner. And on top of that, he can bring all of those dynamic skills to the return game as well. There is no question we were all excited once we found out we were going to be able to trade for him."

The Saints received a fifth-round pick for Sproles according to ProFootballTalk.com. 

The move is a terrific fit for the Eagles. Sproles is a player who thrives in the open field and the offense the Eagles run often puts rushers like that in good situations constantly. To wit, LeSean McCoy had 52 catches for 539 yards (a 10.4 avg.) and two touchdowns. 

Sproles is expected to back up McCoy as well as play in the slot with McCoy on the field in Philadelphia. 


Redskins trying to make a deal for Darren Sproles


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) The Redskins have emerged as a potential trade partner with the Saints for running back Darren Sproles, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday morning. Several teams have been rumored to be interested in the speedy pass-catching running back.

Sproles had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns last year, numbers that paled in comparison to his previous seasons' work with New Orleans. He's due over $3 million in 2014.


Darren Sproles would prefer to be released


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Saints are shopping running back Darren Sproles, but he told ESPN he'd prefer to be released. "I don't want to be traded," Sproles said. "I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it and I want to be able to pick.

"The good thing is none of the teams I'm told they're talking to are terrible. It's more than two. I feel I should have more of an idea later on today."

Don't expect Sproles to get his wish. If the Saints can get something for him, they will.


Demand for Darren Sproles will lead to a trade


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) The Saints were expected to release running back Darren Sproles but demand from other clubs for his services have altered those plans. Now Sproles is up for bid and a team is expected to acquire him from the Saints, ESPN reports. As a result, he will not be released. It was previously reported that as many as 10 teams were interested in him. 

Sproles was surprised to learn of the news on Twitter, not from the Saints.

Sproles had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns last year, numbers that paled in comparison to his previous seasons' work with New Orleans. He's due over $3 million in 2014.


More than 10 teams waiting for Darren Sproles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Saints are set to cut Darren Sproles if they can't trade him Tuesday, reports NFL Network, and more than 10 teams are interested in the pass-catching running back. Sproles, 30, caught at least 71 passes each of the past three seasons.

Vikings in play for Darren Sproles?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Saints still haven't officially cut running back Darren Sproles and are trying to trade him first, reports NFL Network. Assuming Sproles is released, the Vikings could sign him and reunite Sproles with offensive coordinator Norv Turner, the report said.

Sproles excelled playing for Turner in San Diego. In Minnesota, Sproles would provide a nice complement to Adrian Peterson.


Darren Sproles on the brink of being cut by Saints?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) The Saints will release running back Darren Sproles, the NFL Network reports on Friday. However, ProFootballTalk.com reports that Sproles has not been officially released by the team.

The move could be the first of many for the Saints, which have been rumored to be on the verge of rebuilding their running back core. Sproles was expected to see $3.5 million in 2014. He had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns.

Saints set to overhaul running back corps?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) The Saints appear to be on the brink of a makeover at running back. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the team is shopping running back Pierre Thomas and "even could be open" to trading running back Darren Sproles.

Thomas had 224 touches last year for the Saints, totaling 1,062 yards and five touchdowns while Sproles had 124 touches for 824 yards and four touchdowns. Thomas is set to make over $2.5 million in 2014 while Sproles is due over $3 million. 


Report: Darren Sproles' roster spot looks safe


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Saints running back Darren Sproles will turn 31 in June and is coming off a disappointing season in which he had 824 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. But his roster spot appears safe "because he causes such unique matchup problems as a receiver out of the backfield," reports ESPN.com.

Sproles is signed for 2014 at $3.5 million. The website consider running back Pierre Thomas, who's signed for 2014 at $2.9 million, at greater risk of being cut.


Several Saints make small contributions in defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Three receivers and one running back chipped in with minor contributions for the Saints against Seattle on Saturday.

Tight end Josh Hill caught one pass for 23 yards, wide receiver Lance Moore snagged two for 20 yards and tight end Benjamin Watson went nowehere with one reception. Running back Darren Sproles outdid them all through the air with 32 yards on five catches, but ran for just 2 yards in three carries.


Darren Sproles racks up 60 yards in win over Eagles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Saints running back Darren Sproles turned in a decent performance during Saturday's Wild Card playoff victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Sproles finished as the team's third-leading rusher, with only four carries for 29 yards (7.3 yards per carry). He also caught passes for 6, 8, 9 and then 8 yards. He was targeted seven times and finished the game with four catches for 31 yards in a 26-24 victory.

Many Saints chip in to win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Several Saints made their presences felt in a rout of Tampa Bay on Sunday. The most significant was running back Khiry Robinson, who finished with a a game-high 50 yards on 12 carries. Fellow running back Mark Ingram added 20 yards on three attempts while fullback Jed Collins had three yards on two tries and one reception for two yards.

Running back Darren Sproles chipped in with two catches for 30 yards, tight end Josh Hill caught a pass for 8 yards and tight end Benjamin Watson snagged one for 7 yards.


Darren Sproles not much of a threat Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Saints running back Darren Sproles was not much a threat Week 16.

Sproles carried the ball one time for 2 yards. He caught three passes on five targets, but only gained 18 yards. Four other running backs received more carries than Sproles during the game. He'll look for a bounce-back Week 17 against the Buccaneers. 


Darren Sproles facing tough matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Saints running back Darren Sproles is facing a tough Panthers defense Week 16.

The Panthers have limited runners all season, holding them to 12.29 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, Carolina has only surrendered four rushing touchdowns. They have been somewhat susceptible to receiving backs, allowing 44.93 receiving yards per game to running backs. But they've only allowed one receiving touchdown to a running back all season.

The Saints just haven't been as successful with the run game this season. Pierre Thomas has stolen more of Sproles' work than usual, and the team has opted to go to other players around the goal line. The first time the two teams met this season, Sproles was held to 23 receiving yards and had one rushing attempt that went for 38 yards. Thomas didn't fare much better. Sproles is a questionable Fantasy start against a tough Carolina defense.


Saints backfield tandem combines for 15 catches against Rams


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Saints pass-catching backs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas did what they do best on Sunday, but what they did not do hurt their team in its loss at St. Louis. And that is get into the end zone.

Sproles rushed for 24 yards on seven carries and caught eight passes for 38 yards. Thomas managed 21 yards on eight attempts and added seven receptions for 62 yards. They were targeted a combined 18 times.

Both did most of their work in the first half, after which Thomas had 59 yards through the air and Sproles had 16 yards rushing and 18 receiving. Thomas hasn't scored in the last five games whiles Sproles hasn't visited the end zone in the last four.

The backfield duo will try to change that next Sunday at Carolina.


Darren Sproles rips off Saints' longest run all year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Saints running back Darren Sproles is known for his pass-catching skills, but when he lined up as a traditional tailback Sunday night he delivered some fireworks. Sproles scooted 38 yards, the team's longest run this season. It was his only carry.

Sproles caught all three of his targets for 23 yards, including a 20-yard screen to spark a touchdown drive right before halftime.

Sproles visits the Rams in Week 15.


Which Saints running back can your trust in Week 14?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/6/2013) The Saints face the Panthers at home in Week 14, and that's a tough matchup for running backs Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. They should only be considered as flex options in PPR leagues this week.

Thomas is the better of the two because he has at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his past six games. At home, Thomas has 37 Fantasy points in his past three games against Buffalo, Dallas and San Francisco. The good thing for Thomas, which helps him in PPR leagues, is he had at least four catches in five games in a row and 10 games this year.

Sproles, meanwhile, only has three games this season with more than six Fantasy points in a standard league. All three of those games have come at home, which is positive, and he does have six games this year with six or more catches, including Week 13 at Seattle.

Only five running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Panthers this season and just one since Week 7. What could help Thomas and Sproles is four running backs have caught at least five passes against the Panthers. But only four running backs have scored against Carolina all season.

Thomas has more upside based on his workload, but Sproles is still a decent option in PPR leagues because of his catch potential. But both remain risky because of the matchup.


Darren Sproles ties season high with seven catches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Saints running back Darren Sproles tied his season high with seven catches at Seattle, but they went for only 32 yards as he was unable to break a big play. Sproles added three carries for 11 yards.

Sproles was targeted eight times, second on the team to Jimmy Graham's nine. This was the third time Sproles made seven grabs in a game, and he's up to 55 catches this season. Sproles plays Carolina in Week 14.


Darren Sproles active on Monday Night Football


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Saints running back Darren Sproles, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active for Monday's game in Seattle.

Darren Sproles ready to return in Week 13


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2013) Saints running back Darren Sproles (ankle) is officially probable for Week 13 against the Seahawks Monday, after getting through the week in practice. Sproles was forced to sit out last week's game as a result of the injury. 

Darren Sproles practices without issue Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Saints running back Darren Sproles (ankle) was a full participant in practice yet again Friday, a good sign for his chances of playing in Week 13 against the Seahawks. Sproles has practiced without issue throughout the week, and should have little trouble taking the field in Monday's game, though he does have to avoid a setback Saturday. 

Darren Sproles returns to practice as full participant


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) It appears Saints running back Darren Sproles is ready to rejoin the lineup Week 13 at Seattle after sitting out Week 12 with an ankle injury. Sproles was listed as a full participant in practice Thursday, which is a good sign for his probable return Monday.

Darren Sproles won't suit up Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) The Saints will be without all-purpose weapon Darren Sproles in Week 12 against the Falcons, as the running back is officially inactive for Thursday's game. Sproles was considered questionable coming into the game with knee and ankle injuries after being held out of practice Tuesday and Wednesday.