The real reason the Eagles sent a fifth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints to acquire RB Darren Sproles is playing out on the field at training camp. We were all aware the 31-year-old back adds a different dimension to the offense with his quickness and receiving ability. When Sproles and McCoy are on the field at the same time though?
Forget about it.
The running backs have been too much for the defense to handle even when it’s just one of them on the field. Both McCoy and Sproles have been more than just safety blankets for their quarterbacks. They’ve often been the focus of the offense.
There have been an awful lot of times when McCoy and Sproles are on the field together, though. That lends the appearance it’s going to be a little more than just a wrinkle in the offense. It almost seems like their base personnel.
While the writer admitted it's a slight exaggeration about it being base personnel, Sproles has been lining up in the slot with some frequency. Not starting in the backfield and motioning out wide — McCoy at halfback, Sproles at receiver. Shady has been split out on occasion, too. Sproles was seen Sunday working specifically with receivers, so this package may be not be just a wrinkle as the story indicates. This would certainly increase Sproles value a little going forward, esp. in deeper PPR leagues, so it's something to keep an eye on.