Would you not want him back?
It’s a question Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson posed to the media while answering a question at the NFC Coaches Breakfast in March about whether he’d want the diminutive Darren Sproles back on the team for the 2018 season.
I want him to play, and I want him to be an Eagle.”
The Eagles have listened to Doug. Darren Sproles will re-sign with the Super Bowl champs.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 28, 2018
Here was Pederson talking about Sproles back in March.
Doug Pederson on Darren Sproles: Would you not want him back … I want him to be an Eagle. pic.twitter.com/PRES5D8Zfj
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) March 28, 2018
Is Sproles really needed in the backfield with Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Donnel Pumphrey currently on the roster, maybe not, but where the Eagles could use him is on special teams as a punt returner. Sproles has averaged 9.6 yards per punt return during his career, including a lofty 13.2 yards per boot in 2016. Kenjon Barner, the team’s punt returner for a majority of the 2017 season, averaged just 8.9 yards per punt return.
Sproles’ biggest asset is that of a third-down back, which undrafted Clement improved on as the year went along last season until playing a pivotal role in the Eagles’ win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII when he tallied 100 yards on four receptions. Sproles, however, does offer more versatility due to his effectiveness running routes from the slot and lined out wide as a receiver.
The question then becomes whether or not the 34-year-old Sproles has anything left in the tank after tearing his ACL in Week 3 against the New York Giants.
— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerr247) February 20, 2018
I’d say the answer is yes.
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