Aug 8, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin (50) in the first quarter during a preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Sproles puts the Eagles up 14-0 over the Steelers (GIF)

After spending his first five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, running back Darren Sproles joined the New Orleans Saints and immediately proved to be an excellent fit.

Sproles had the best season of his career in his first season in New Orleans. He rushed for a career-high 603 yards and two touchdowns on just 87 careers and caught a career-best 86 passes for 710 yards and seven more touchdowns. He also averaged over 10 yards per punt return, including a 72-yard touchdown and had a kick-off return high of 92 yards.

Sproles was excellent again in 2012 (although he missed three games) but took a step back in 2013, rushing for just 220 yards and one touchdowns on carries and 604 yards and two touchdowns on 71 receptions. The Saints decided to part ways with the 31-yard old Sproles in order to clear space to sign former Buffalo Bills’ safety Jairus Byrd.

Sproles was quickly scooped up by the Philadelphia Eagles where many believe he will be an excellent fit playing in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense. Sproles found the end zone on a one-yard run in the Eagles’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

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