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CharityMike 06-03-2012 01:35 PM

Somehow New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles aims on topping last year
 
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You think Drew Brees, who set an NFL single-season record for passing yards last season, will have a tough act to follow this year? You think it'll be nearly impossible for the Saints' quarterback to match or surpass in 2012 his level of production in 2011, when he threw for 5,476 yards?

You know. The league single-season record holder in all-purpose yards, with 2,696 last season, his first in New Orleans.

Not that it's impossible for Sproles to come up bigger and better, mind you. Few NFL records have proven untouchable, especially ones involving offensive production and yardage totals.

And Sproles wasn't much of a surprise last season. With San Diego, he'd had all-purpose yardage totals of 2,210 in 2010, 2,323 in 2009 and 2,297 in 2008.

But he's going to have his work cut out for him to pile up 2,697 yards or more this season -- and he's ready to clock in.

"I've just got to work on getting better," Sproles said Thursday. "There was some stuff that I wasn't good at, that's what I'm working on right now."

Now the first, logical instinct is to ask him what the heck he's talking about, to alert him that it's not shame to reflect on his accomplishment, to remind him that there couldn't possibly have been much of anything he needed to improve upon.

"I can't tell you what," he said, laughing, before choosing to give it up.

"It's like, my role was to come in and catch passes," he said. "What I need to work on is more running the ball, like the hard-nosed runners.

"I only had certain types of runs, and I want to go in and run power (plays) sometimes. That will keep the defense honest."

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Danno 06-03-2012 07:09 PM

Would you all agree he's the best free-agent pickup we've had since Drew?

Greer and Vilma probably give him a run for his money, but I gotta go Sproles. Although technically I think Vilma was a trade.

Lofton may turn out to be the best in a couple years though.

CharityMike 06-03-2012 08:09 PM

I would agree. I love hearing that he is still hungry for more and want's to do more! Thank you San Diego..sucka's!!

Beastmode 06-03-2012 09:07 PM

I'll admit it, I thought Sproles would struggle, not having the all out speed but he proved me wrong. He does get runned down but that's often after he's already picked up a nice chunk of ground. Teams are trying to copy it but it's hard to do. He's one of a kind.

WhoDat!656 06-03-2012 10:46 PM

If Brees holds out, the Saints will NEED him to out-perform himself this year, and it still may not be enough!

sharke 06-04-2012 06:04 AM

Sproles is a beast and has more than proven his value. Dude was literally awesome for the Saints his first play in Green Bay.

Rugby Saint II 06-04-2012 12:39 PM

The way we rotate backs it may be tough to match last years production. He may even have his returning duties limited. We certainly want to ensure he stays healthy.

Supertek 06-04-2012 02:21 PM

I agree that it would be wise to try and keep him away especially from kickoff returns and leave that up to Morgan (Think that is his name) Sproles seems real durable but just too valuable to keep putting Him in on special teams like that.


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