If you’re looking for reasons to get excited about the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 season, you need look no further than the halfback position.
Last year the Eagles led the NFL in rushing by a big margin – they finished with 2,566 total yards. The next closest team was the Buffalo Bills, who totaled 2,307, despite running the ball 46 more times than the Eagles. Philly’s 5.1 yards per attempt was also the best mark in the league. Only the Minnesota Vikings (who lacked any kind of passing game) scored more rushing touchdowns.
And that relentless running attack is only going to get better next season. One of the biggest coups this offseason was the Eagles snapping up running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints.
There’s a lot of different ways that Sproles can fit into the Eagles gameplan. Our own Josh Reising thinks that Sproles will have a lot of space to operate outside of the box with McCoy drawing the attention of opposide defenses. Brandon Lee Gowton believes that Sproles is the best option for punt returner.
However Chip Kelly decides to use Sproles, he will add another explosive element to what was already the best offense in the NFC. Eagles fans are positively giddy about his arrival, and one made a highlight reel to welcome him to Philly.
In 2011 Sproles set a record for the most all purpose yards in NFL history with 2,696. If you’re not excited about what Sproles can do in Kelly’s offense I don’t even know how to help you.