Sproles was contained to two carries for four yards and four receptions (on six targets) for 21 yards during Thursday's defeat at Detroit. With the Lions pouring it on as the first half unfolded, head coach Chip Kelly opted to use a pass-heavy approach, which would typically benefit a receiving back like Sproles. Indeed, Sproles was targeted a half dozen times, but his inability to break one quelled his production. If the offense continues to sputter in the last third of the season, he won't both worthy of consideration outside of deep PPR formats, though the likely return of Sam Bradford (shoulder/concussion) in Week 13 could turn Sproles' fortunes.
Sproles caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, and carried the ball six times for 21 yards in Sunday's 45-17 loss to Tampa Bay. Sproles capitalized on the absence of fellow running back Ryan Mathews, making the Buccaneers pay in the passing game by taking a 35-yard bubble screen to the house. His contributions went for naught, considering the Eagles were still more than doubled-up on the scoreboard, but he made himself felt with more touches. His ability to produce on Thanksgiving likely depends entirely on Mathews' health.
Sproles rushed for 23 yards on five carries in Sunday's win over Dallas. He added two catches for three yards on three targets. Sproles has now been held to 25 or fewer total yards in four of eight games. Long known as a more dangerous receiver than runner, Sproles is fourth on the team with 24 catches, but just nine of those have come in the past five games. During those same five games, Sproles has seen an overall reduction in share of touches with the emergence of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, with just 28 as compared to Mathews' 46 and Murray's 95. The 32-year-old back may have been able to top Father Time better than most of his peers, but he is having a much harder time topping Philadelphia's two younger runners.
Sproles caught three passes for 31 yards and ran the ball three times for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Since his dynamite Week 1 performance against Atlanta, Sproles' numbers have been middling at best. Head coach Chip Kelly is finding a hard time working the veteran halfback into his offense with any consistent success, and as a result, Sproles has just 156 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown in the Eagles' last six games.
Sproles ran the ball twice for four yards and caught one pass for three yards in Monday's 27-7 win over the Giants. With fellow running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews combining for 31 carries, there was little room for Sproles to factor into the Eagles' run game against New York. The Eagles' two offseason acquisitions are finally starting to run the way head coach Chip Kelly expected them to when he signed them, which means Sproles is very much on the outside looking in as far as running the ball is concerned.
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