When the Philadelphia Eagles acquired Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints, they knew his speed and play-making ability would give their offense an extra boost.
But with LeSean McCoy already on the roster there isn’t a lot of touches to go around, so Sproles is going to have to get what he can.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, it won’t be much as they anticipate Sproles getting upwards of six to eight touches per game, a far cry from what he received with the Saints.
“But though Sproles said yesterday he hasn’t been told anything about his role with the Eagles, everyone assumes a limited workload – maybe six or eight touches a game from scrimmage. It seems reasonable to expect a 31-year-old to be productive used that way.”
For what it’s worth, Sproles said he still sees the same Pro Bowl caliber player when he watches video of himself though it doesn’t seem as if NFL general managers feel the same.
Regardless, even at six to eight touches per game, Sproles will have a chance to make an impact offensively. Add in that he’s likely to be used on special teams and the running back, while maybe not as young nor as physically gifted as he was during his peak, will still be of significant value to Philadelphia moving forward.
Sproles received over nine offensive touches per game during his tenure with the Saints though most of his touches in Philadelphia will likely come out of two-back passing formations with the occasional relief carry.