PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Darren Sproles would like to return to the Eagles. When the tiny, mighty tailback and Pro Bowl return man was asked if he liked how he was used this season, Sproles hedged, saying on Monday he was unsure how to answer that. One thing is certain, when Sproles was used, the Eagles won.
He gained 1,171 all-purpose yards and led the NFL in punt-return yardage (446), punt-return TDs (2) and longest punt TD return (89).
“I still want to be playing and it bothers me we’re not in the playoffs,” Sproles told CBSPhilly.com. “I’ll go back and train and spend time with my family. Things will depend on the new coach. I still fight the same battle. I’m small so there is this fear that I’m going to get hurt (if carrying the ball too much). I am satisfied with my touches. But I understand that it’s always going to be the battle. It is what it is. I feel good. We’ll see where the future lies.”
Sproles had 177 touches this year between rushing (83), receiving (55), punt returns (38) and kickoff returns (1).
His most productive game was against New England, a surprising 35-28 Eagles’ victory in which Sproles rushed for a season-best 66 yards on 15 carries, and 34 yards receiving on 4 receptions. The following week against Buffalo Sproles rushed for 41 yards on 7 carries, averaging 5.9 yards a carry.
Sproles, listed at 5-foot-6, 190 pounds, will turn 33 in June. The 2005 draft pick of the San Diego Chargers will be entering his 12th NFL season and has one year remaining on his current three-year contract with the Eagles.