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Old 06-01-2019, 08:46 AM   #11
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I'm still ready to move on from the past. The only area I would consider bringing Sproles back for would be return duty. Birds really don't have someone to do that unless they think D Jack is up for it. Boston Scott may be but he isn't money by any means. Evidently Schefter thinks Sproles will play somewhere.....
'Sproles originally played to make a retirement decision in May, but the Philadelphia Eagles running back may have other plans to return in 2019. ESPN's Adam Schefter was on 97.5 The Fanatic Wednesday, revealing Sproles is considering pushing off retirement in hopes of playing a 15th NFL season.
Will the Philadelphia Eagles be interested? Sproles would consider them if they would make a call, along with other teams he's played for turning his 14-year career.
"I think he wants to play," Schefter said. "I think it's the kind of thing (where) he's out in California and I think he'd like to go back and play for one of the teams he's played for in the past, whether that's the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints, or the Los Angeles Chargers. He wants to be in a competitive, winning situation.
"He's not in a rush, he's done this enough to know exactly what he needs to do to be ready. I think at the appropriate time when a team comes calling, he will certainly be willing to listen to what they have to say. Right now, it's not like 'well I got to be at OTAs in Philadelphia or OTAs in New Orleans,' that's not what he wants to do. What i think he wants to do is sit back, wait and see if anybody wants him and if someone whats him at the appropriate time, I think he'll be enticed to wind up playing."
Sproles has mentioned to Eagles teammates and staff he seriously could want another year in NFL before the end of the 2018 season and is going to consider all his options.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson isn't going to rush Sproles back, knowing there's a spot for him on the Eagles roster if he wants it.
"This is Darren's decision," Pederson said at the NFL Coaches Breakfast in March. "I can't speak for Howie (Roseman) or any of the other guys in the building, but we'd love to have him. This is their time. I get it, I was there once. We'll respect his decision when it comes."
Sproles played an instrumental role in the Eagles' offensive resurgence in the final five games of the regular season, having 24 carries for 110 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and 11 catches for 138 yards (12.5 yards per catch) in the five games since his return.
The Eagles were 4-1 in the five games Sproles has played in, with Sproles averaging 7.1 yards per touch.Sproles has ignited a spark in the Eagles offense, which averaged 27.4 points per game since his return in Week 13.
Sproles is the oldest player ever to have over 100 yards from scrimmage in Eagles franchise history.He is sixth all-time in all-purpose yards with 19,520 yards....just 162 yards behind former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown for fifth (19,682).
In 14 seasons, Sproles has 8,302 yards from scrimmage (3,486 rushing, 4,816 receiving) and 55 touchdowns. He also has 2,875 punt return yards and 8,352 kick return yards and nine total touchdowns.
If Sproles returns, the Eagles would have filled a void at punt returner along with an extra receiver in the running back rotation. Sproles would certainly be welcomed back to the Eagles and would be even better in a reduced role.'

Would Sproles consider a role where he is just a returner with very limited PT otherwise?
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:41 PM   #12
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I'm not sure I trust Doug to only give him limited playing time if he's on the team...

Sproles could make sense as a 4th RB, honestly, if no young RB steps up -- we don't have anyone like him. But we have to have someone else that Doug trusts in goal line situations and other. We'd have to cut all RBs who are not Howard, Sanders, and Clement, but that may be reasonable. But if a young guy steps up in camp, that may be a harder situation -- would be nice to have someone that could be returner this year, but a bigger contributor in years going forward, since Howard could easily be gone next year. Sproles would *definitely* be gone after this year so he's more of the veteran-patch type of signing if other options fall through at this point.
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Old 06-03-2019, 04:38 PM   #13
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Boston Scott - RB

Two weeks ago, Corey Clement seemed to be the obvious choice to be the Eagles’ No. 3 back, were he healthy enough. But Clement hasn’t been able to get on the field, and that has given players like Boston Scott a chance to shine and potentially take Clement’s job.

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Doug Pederson brings up Boston Scott when asked about a player who can fill the Darren Sproles role.

“He would be the kind of guy who’s taken that role over right now.”#Eagles

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Scott has shown a solid ability to catch the ball so far this off-season, and getting a comp to the great Darren Sproles is certainly a feather in his cap. Scott, who played for Louisiana Tech and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 6th round of last year’s draft, was signed by the team in Week 15 of last year from New Orleans’ practice squad. He rushed for 1,840 yards and 14 TDs during his college career and was a return specialist as well.

Scott appears to be the front-runner to get the first reps as the Eagles’ punt returner (kick returning in the NFL generally doesn’t exist anymore) and if Pederson’s accolades are any indication, he could enter the season as the team’s No. 3 running back.
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