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Life after DeSean Jackson: Darren Sproles a perfect fit in Philadelphia - Don Banks, SI.com
Part of the appeal and beauty of every NFL offseason are the dozens of new player-team pairings that look and sound tantalizing from the vantage point of spring and summer. But then the season finally arrives and those perfect marriages on paper don't always unfold as planned on the field. But as I survey the mid-June NFL landscape, the offseason addition that comes as close to can't-miss as any is the Eagles' savvy acquisition of running back/return man Darren Sproles, the proven and productive chains-moving threat who came via trade with New Orleans for the bargain price of a fifth-round pick. Just as I was when the Chargers let him leave for the Saints in 2011, I was stunned New Orleans deemed the diminutive Sproles a luxury they couldn't afford, crowded backfield and all.
Eagles Counting On an Improved Henery - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
During one special teams portion of practice Tuesday, return man Nolan Carroll II set up around the goal line to return a kickoff. As Alex Henery booted the ball, Carroll back-pedaled until he was about to run into the field-goal post and ultimately realized he’d be unable to field it. The players were in shorts, the pressure was non-existent, and this was only one kick. But it was an image Chip Kelly and the coaching staff are counting on seeing more of in 2014.
State of the Eagles: Running Back - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Kelly insists Sproles is a running back and not just a receiver out of the backfield. Sproles has had more receptions than rushes in three of the past four seasons. He said that’s the way the coaches want to use him in New Orleans’ offense. He has never been a primary running back in his career, which has also helped extend his career. Sproles operates best in space, away from big bodies. The Eagles don’t want Sproles to siphon carries away from McCoy, so don’t expect Sproles to become a major rusher in Philadelphia, but he will still be used in the running game.
Eagle trying to Curry favor - Paul Domowitch, Daily News
VINNY CURRY thought he had died and gone to heaven 2 years ago when the team he had grown up rooting for, the Eagles, selected the Neptune, N.J., native in the second round of the draft. Eighteen games into his career, though, heaven seemed a lot more like hell to him.
Matt Barkley battling for Eagles' backup QB job - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
Matt Barkley figures he and Nick Foles are both taking the same approach to last year. Forgetting about it. "He’s not worried about last year, as great as his was, and I’m not, as bad as mine was," Barkley said. "We can’t dwell on that. New year, and I’m excited for what the future holds." Barkley goes into Year 2 trying to move past a disappointing rookie season that saw him forced into action in two games after injuries to Michael Vick and Foles and also saw him throw four interceptions and no touchdowns in 49 attempts.
5 Players who have impressed during Eagles offseason workouts - ESP, NJ.com
Nolan Carroll, CB: There is no question that when it comes to offseason practices, the advantage goes to the offense since there is no hitting. That makes every interception impressive, and Carroll has grabbed two of them so far. It is unlikely the Eagles will bench either of their starting cornerbacks, but Carroll is playing well enough to at least make them consider it.
Chip Kelly and Per Game Volume - Joey Cartolano, PFF
Kelly has already pledged to run his offense at a fast pace this year, and one beat reporter went so far as to call a recent spring practice a “drag race.” If Kelly gets back to the offensive efficiency he achieved at Oregon, that will give Eagles’ skill position players an extra 15 opportunities per game to gain fantasy points. Extrapolated over a 16 game season, that is an extra 240 opportunities.
Which NFL teams have the best running backs? - Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL
Obviously, LeSean McCoy is one of the best backs in the NFL, is the reigning rushing champion, and fits Chip Kelly's schemes like a glove as he's given the chance to get into space and do what he does best: make people miss. McCoy will continue to be prolific and dangerous in 2014, and will give defensive coordinators headaches as they try to scheme how to stifle him. The addition of Darren Sproles does ... not ... help.