Wake-Up Call: Darren Sproles Is the Eagles’ New No. 1 Back

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson wasn’t willing to say it after the Eagles-Cowboys game, but now that two weeks have passed, he admitted Monday afternoon something that has become obvious: Darren Sproles has replaced Ryan Mathews at the top of the Eagles’ running back depth chart.

“I would say that Darren is the No. 1 back right now,” Pederson said. “Ryan is still a big part [of the offense]; you saw the touchdown run that he had yesterday. Kenjon [Barner] had a nice run. Wendell [Smallwood] had a nice run. So it’s still a little bit of the running back by committee. Obviously, we haven’t hung our hat on one guy, but we tend to lean more towards Darren Sproles. It’s hard to take him off the field right now.” Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Sam Bradford and John DeFilippo. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford and John DeFilippo. (Jeff Fusco)

Here are some of the top Eagles-related stories so far this week:

Former Eagle and current Jaguars safety Earl Wolff describes the night he survived an armed robbery and kidnapping back in February for the MMQB.

My captors are panicking. I hear them conspiring, wondering if my friend has called the cops. They rush me back into the vehicle and secure zip ties around my ankles and my arms, which are tied behind my back. They put an itchy hat over my face. Now we’re driving and driving, and I have no idea where we are or what time it is. At some point, two other men get into the vehicle and five of us are crammed into the backseat. I am exhausted. I try to keep my faith. I try to think of my mom. I am numb, but she is all I have left. Read more »

Darren Sproles: I Have Two Good Years Left

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

A few hours after inking a one-year contract extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through 2017, Darren Sproles said he has two good years left in him. When asked if he plans to retire after his deal ends, the 33-year-old running back smiled, paused and repeated three words.

“We going see,” he said. “We going see.”

Sproles said his contract, which reportedly gives him $4.5 million in new money, “means a lot” because he wants to finish his career as an Eagle. The signing continues the Eagles’ offseason theme of extending players who have been good contributors, after Chip Kelly’s tumultuous tenure of making personnel decisions. Read more »

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