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Wulf's Den Rewind: Sproles Inching Up

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*As winter drags on, we're circling back on some of the Wulf's Den of yore. *

Last September, we took a look at ' historic production on an inch-by-inch basis. Back then, after his first two games with the Eagles, Sproles ranked 20th in NFL history with 15,854 all-purpose yards. Fourteen games and 887 all-purpose yards later, Sproles now ranks 16th on that list.

All-Time Leaders In All-Purpose Yards
Rank Player Pos. All-Purpose Yds
1 Jerry Rice WR 23,546
2 Brian Mitchell RB/KR 23,316
3 Walter Payton RB 21,803
4 Emmitt Smith RB 21,579
5 Tim Brown WR/KR 19,679
6 Marshall Faulk RB 19,172
7 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 18,456
8 Barry Sanders RB 18,308
9 Herschel Walker RB/KR 18,168
10 Steve Smith WR 17,672
16 Darren Sproles RB/KR 16,741


Where he's moved into the top 10, though, is on the all-time yards-per-inch leaderboard, where he ranked 15th six months ago. Now with 253.7 all-purpose yards per inch, Sproles ranks 10th, jockeying for position with Steve Smith, the only other active player on the list.

All-Purpose Yards Per Inch
Rank Player Height All-Purpose Yds APY/In.
1 Brian Mitchell 5-11 23,316 328.4
2 Jerry Rice 6-2 23,546 318.2
3 Emmitt Smith 5-9 21,579 312.7
4 Walter Payton 5-10 21,803 311.5
5 Marshall Faulk 5-10 19,172 273.9
6 Tim Brown 6-0 19,679 273.3
7 Barry Sanders 5-8 18,308 269.2
8 LaDainian Tomlinson 5-10 18,456 263.7
9 Steve Smith 5-9 17,672 256.1
10 Darren Sproles 5-6 16,741 253.7


If Sproles repeats his 2014 production, he'll close in on surpassing Marshall Faulk and breaking into the top five.

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