Darren Sproles Fantasy News
Reggie Bush is expecting a reduced workload in 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:56am
“We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that,” Bush said. “It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that’s only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season.”
Last season, both Bush and Joique Bell topped 500 yards in rushing and receiving -- the first time two running backs on the same team accomplished that in the same season. Considering the way the New Orleans offense is run, it could happen again in 2014.
Some of that speculation comes from the New Orleans Saints history. Under Sean Payton -- and this is the offense Lombardi said his attack will be based on -- the Saints used more running backs in varying rushing and route-running situations than the Lions did last season, when the team primarily used Bush and Bell with small doses of then-rookie Theo Riddick.
Last season, no New Orleans running back had more than 150 carries, although four had at least 60. Two, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, had more than 70 catches. That type of breakdown has been typical of a Saints' offense in recent years.
Bush may be overdrafted this year based on last year's numbers. The team re-signed Bell to a long-term deal and intend to use him. Bell may end up being the better value on draft day.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:26pm
Saints HC Sean Payton suggested that third-year pro RB Travaris Cadet could take on "a little more of that role" that runner/receiver Darren Sproles has played in the Saints' offense over the past three years.
Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am
But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.
"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.
"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."
The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.
The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:10pm
"That’s entirely possible. I probably haven’t mentioned Cadet as much as I should while writing about how much depth the Saints still have at running back. Obviously there is no way anyone should expect Cadet to replicate what Sproles has done the past three years. But coach Sean Payton did mention Cadet a handful of times late last season as someone the Saints tried to get on the field for a few snaps here and there. Now they’ve got a little more room to do so (even though he’s still fourth on the depth chart)."
Beat: LeSean McCoy 'unlikely' to see a 'significant decrease' in usage
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 11:37am
So, what does the Darren Sproles trade mean for the other Eagles on the roster? LeSean McCoy played the second-most snaps of any running back in the league last year. He was fantastic as a receiver, catching 52 balls and averaging 10.4 yards per reception. Given how productive McCoy was in this offense in 2013, it's unlikely he sees a significant decrease next season.
Eagles trade for Darren Sproles
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:23am
Running back Darren Sproles, who Wednesday expressed a desire to be released by the New Orleans Saints, will be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The thought of Sproles playing for Chip Kelly is intriguing, but snaps will be an issue playing behind LeSean McCoy. Sproles spent a good amount of time in the slot while in New Orleans, so he and McCoy could play together if Kelly decides to go that route. He'll still be a factor in PPR leagues, though his days of being a PPR RB1 are probably behind him. In New Orleans, the Saints will run with a trio of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but Travaris Cadet could become a poor man's Darren Sproles in Sean Peyton's offense.
Saints sign Pierre Thomas to a two-year extension
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:47am
Thomas racked up 224 touches for 1,062 yards and five TDs as the lead back in the 2013 version of the Saints’ committee at running back. With Darren Sproles (and his 71 receptions) likely to be moved via trade, Thomas’s catches aren’t likely to take much of a hit. The team has shown signs of moving to Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson more in the running game, so PT is not likely to push 150 carries again in 2014. Still, he’ll be a regular part of the rotation in a potent offense and should be a good value in the later rounds. In PPR formats, he has finished in the top 30 in PPG in five of the last six seasons.
Titans may use Dexter McCluster in a Danny Woodhead role
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:59am
I imagine he will be like Danny Woodhead was for Ken Whisenhunt last season in San Diego, when Whiz was offensive coordinator and Woodhead caught 76 passes for 605 yards and was very much an extension of the running game as a pass-catcher.
McCluster is a listed as receiver, not a running back. Like Woodhead, McCluster is 5-foot-8. At 170, he’s 30 pounds lighter than Woodhead.
McCluster may fill Woodhead's role in the passing game, but it's highly doubtful that he'd hold up to 75-100 carries in the running game given his slight frame. Woodhead is an underrated runner and does a good job of avoiding and absorbing contact without getting injured. McCluster's ceiling is probably as a flex type in PPR formats.
Saints have decided not to release Darren Sproles
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:31pm
It sounds as if the Saints have enough trade interest to hold onto Sproles for now.
Khiry Robinson to assume larger role in Saints backfield
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:46am
This is an overstatement, what with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram still on the roster. There are rumors that Thomas will be cut, but the team may hold onto him after releasing Darren Sproles. We like what Robinson brings to the table, but he was playing behind Thomas and Ingram in 2013 and that's not likely to change in 2014 if both players are still around. Travaris Cadet could also assume Sproles's old role.
Report: Saints to cut Darren Sproles
Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:54pm
This is not a huge shock for the cash-strapped Saints, though it may indicate that Pierre Thomas is safe since the team needs a pass-catching RB. Sproles numbers fell off a bit in 2013. After finishing #5 and #13 in 2011 and 2012 (in PPR), Sproles finished #23 in that format last season. He'll land on his feet in free agency.
Pierre Thomas's future with Saints in doubt
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:26am
The agent for New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas said Tuesday the team has reached out to discuss Thomas' future with the Saints. But Lamont Smith, Thomas' agent, wouldn't comment on what those talks meant for Thomas' future.
Thomas is entering the final year of his contract with the Saints and is set to count $2.9 million against the 2014 salary cap. With the Saints in a financial bind heading into 2014, Thomas could be a candidate to become a salary cap casualty as the Saints would save all of Thomas' $2.9 million cap figure with no dead money attached.
Thomas was an important cog in the Saints' offense in 2013 (224 touches, leading the team), but the Saints could replace his production with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram (who looked a bit better last season) and Khiry Robinson. Robinson would likely see the biggest jump in workload if Thomas is not around in 2014.
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 7:03pm
Pierre Thomas (chest) ruled OUT for WC game
Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:42pm