"I think that I will be the guy with most of the load with the offense, but I don’t think that 300-plus carries is really needed," Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said on Wednesday.
Why? The presence of Darren Sproles.
"I think with Sproles here it might change a little bit," McCoy said. "Now, I’m sure that if the game gets tight and you need to ride me, yeah I’m the guy for it, but I think with just a mix up with Sproles doing different things, sometimes a 5-yard carry can be the same as 5-yard route with Sproles. And I’m learning that it doesn’t take a lot of reps or a lot of lot of touches to get or be more productive or get what you want done, and you can do it with less."
Sproles was acquired in a trade with New Orleans this offseason. His role in the offense has been kept under wraps, but the Eagles have shown glimpses. Sproles has been deadly on the wheel route in Training Camp and nearly scored a touchdown on it in the preseason versus the Steelers except quarterback Nick Foles' pass was just out of Sproles' reach.
We currently have McCoy projected for 306 carries and 43 catches, which represents about a 5% drop from his 366 touches in 2013. It's going to be interesting to see how Chip Kelly uses Sproles, who has intriguing flex appeal in PPR formats.