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How to Play the Eagles Backfield After Sproles

Darren Sproles has been one of the most unique and versatile running backs of this generation, and in one play his career has likely come to an end. With the end of Sproles’ time in Philadelphia, opportunity arises for other players in that backfield. Sproles played in 48.5 percent of snaps in Week 1 and 69.4 percent of snaps in Week 2. The Eagles have three players who could potentially benefit from an increase in snap counts, LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement.  LeGarrette Blount Owned in over 97 percent of leagues, Blount isn’t a player you can acquire off the waiver wire at this point of the year. Blount came into the season as the favorite to be the lead RB on the team, but has been anything but impressive. At the end of preseason, rumors were circulating that he was on the roster bubble. Since then, he’s mustered an average of nine attempts for 38 yards and produced one total touchdown. Blount certainly could be the first beneficiary of the distribution of snaps. However, it’s less likely, as Blount isn’t capable of taking up the passing game work being vacated by Sproles. At this point, Blount is a hold in hopes that his workload increases despite the unimpressive start to the season.

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By Justin Simon | @JustinsimonFF | Archive