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Forward Progress: Darren Sproles


Contract Status: Darren Sproles signed a two-year contract extension in 2014 that runs through the 2016 season.

2014 Season In Review: Talk about making a good first impression. In his first regular season game as a Philadelphia Eagle, running back Darren Sproles rushed 49 yards for a touchdown (on a fourth-and-1 play) that sparked a comeback victory over Jacksonville. From there it was fireworks and dynamite play after dynamite play from Sproles, who proved that in his 10th year in the league he's still one of the most electric players in the NFL. Sproles earned his first-ever Pro Bowl spot by leading the NFL in punt return yards (506) and tying for the league lead in punt return touchdowns with two. He also rushed for six touchdowns, which doubled his previous single-season best of three set in 2009.

What's On The Horizon: With Sproles, age and height are just numbers. At 31, he had one of the most productive seasons of his entire career, and he showed no signs of slowing down as the season wore on. Heading into next year, the goal for Sproles will simply be to keep working on his game and make use of the touches he gets. The Eagles' offense is crowded with superstar talent following the additions of Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray, but head coach Chip Kelly has made it clear how much he values Sproles' abilities. Kelly will keep feeding the Sprole Train on offense, and with a league-best special teams unit in front of him, the big punt returns should keep piling up as well. There's no reason to expect anything but another career year from Sproles in 2015.

All About Sproles: "He may not be a vocal leader, but he's somebody who people are drawn to because of his work ethic, because of how consistent he is. He takes care of his body. He's paying attention in meetings. He's going hard in the weight room. In practice, he's full speed. Things that when you watch him on Sundays, you know why he's successful. That's something that people try to emulate. You always gravitate to those people who have success especially when you see why they're successful." - Safety Malcolm Jenkins

In his first year as an Eagle, sprightly running back Darren Sproles revolutionized the Eagles' punt return game and provided a big spark each week on offense ...

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