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Old 09-22-2011, 01:51 PM   #31
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A lot of people just assumed Darren Sproles would be used only as a third-down back in New Orleans’ offense. The thinking was that Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas would get more playing time.

So far, that hasn’t been the case. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Sproles has been on the field for 60 snaps. Thomas has been out there for 53 and Ingram for 41. The snap counts include plays that were negated by penalties.

It also was a common assumption that Sproles would fill Reggie Bush’s role as a receiver out of the backfield. That part is coming true. Sproles has 15 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown in the first two games of the season. Bush twice had at least 15 catches and 115 yards in the first two games of a season (2006 and ’08).

But part of the reason Bush never fully prospered with the Saints was an inability to stay healthy. Sproles hasn't missed a game since 2007.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:57 PM   #32
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A lot of people just assumed Darren Sproles would be used only as a third-down back in New Orleans’ offense. The thinking was that Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas would get more playing time.

So far, that hasn’t been the case. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Sproles has been on the field for 60 snaps. Thomas has been out there for 53 and Ingram for 41. The snap counts include plays that were negated by penalties.

It also was a common assumption that Sproles would fill Reggie Bush’s role as a receiver out of the backfield. That part is coming true. Sproles has 15 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown in the first two games of the season. Bush twice had at least 15 catches and 115 yards in the first two games of a season (2006 and ’08).

But part of the reason Bush never fully prospered with the Saints was an inability to stay healthy. Sproles hasn't missed a game since 2007.
Makes perfect sense. Sproles is the most versatile so it stands to reason he'd be on the field the most. PT is clearly the most accomplished pure runner of the bunch (for now) and Ingram is a rook. Looks like coach knows what he's doing.
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The Reggie trade brought peace of mind which we needed after the ups and downs of his tenure with the Saints, Sproles has just been a bonus.
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Makes perfect sense. Sproles is the most versatile so it stands to reason he'd be on the field the most. PT is clearly the most accomplished pure runner of the bunch (for now) and Ingram is a rook. Looks like coach knows what he's doing.
Also we played catch-up the entire game versus Green Bay, throwing 49 times.

So far we're 86-50 pass/run ratio. If we keep that up Sproles will have a great season.

In 16 games he'd have...

944 yards rec, 8TDs
33.3 KR avg (would rank 1st in 2010 by a mile)
23.3 PR avg (would rank 1st in 2010 by a mile), 8 TDs

Sweet!!!
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