PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Darren Sproles hasn’t touched the ball more than eight times in a game since the Philadelphia Eagles played at the New York Jets in Week 3.
In that game back on September 27th, Sproles had 11 carries for 17 yards and a touchdown, four catches for 19 yards, and an 89-yard punt return touchdown. Since then, after averaging over 10 touches per game in Weeks 1-3, Sproles has totaled just 36 touches over the last six games.
And, as he tells Jeff McLane, he’s frustrated.
“I’m not getting enough chances,” Sproles told McLane. “They got me more in there to run routes. DeMarco and Ryan get the bulk of the carries. To get in a rhythm you need more touches. That’s for any kind of player.
“Things get kind of frustrating,” Sproles continued. “You know what I’m saying? You’re standing on the sidelines. It’s kind of frustrating. But what can you do?”
Opportunity wise, Sproles’ workload is actually nearly identical to last season. According to McLane, Sproles has played in 31-percent of the offensive snaps, the exact same percent of snaps he played in last year. And he’s actually averaging more runs and catchers per game this season, compared to last season.
However, with the Eagles’ wide receivers struggling, maybe Chip Kelly will—or should—find more ways to get Sproles on the field and get the ball in his hands.
“I’m not really on the field,” Sproles said. “But I don’t get into that. If they’re going to put me on the field, they’re going to put me in. If they’re not, they’re not. You know what I’m saying? If they do put me in, I just try to make the best of it.”