The running back position is very versatile position. There are many ways it can be played: use speed to run to the outside, bruise through the trenches or catch a pass and then burst down the line. The latter is this running back’s specialty. As a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Darren Sproles will have a great 2014 season.
At the beginning of his career with the San Diego Chargers (five seasons), Sproles had just 249 carries and 146 receptions. It wasn’t until he signed with the New Orleans Saints that Sproles showed what he can do. In his three seasons with the Saints, he racked up a total of 232 receptions for 1,981 yards. He was one of the best running backs at catching a pass in the backfield.
Sproles was traded to the Eagles and everyone began fantasizing about what he can do in Chip Kelly’s offense. In his final year with the Saints, Sproles lined up as a wide receiver 40 percent of the time. He could easily match that percentage this season.
The Eagles have Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Zach Ertz and rookie Jordan Matthews as potential pass catchers. With a pass-heavy Eagles offense, quarterback Nick Foles has a lot of mouths to feed. Sproles would be one extra weapon for defenses to keep an eye on.
Sproles will unlikely take away any traditional carries from LeSean McCoy as he will focus on being a receiver. If Sproles can bounce back after a poor 2013 season, then 90 receptions is very possible in that offense.
He should be drafted as a RB5 in standard leagues. I wouldn’t have him as a handcuff for McCoy, but has a deep flex option during bye weeks. Sproles will be drafted in the 10th round with great value.