In a move sure to give any New York Giants fan indigestion, word came down this morning that the New Orleans Saints are trading Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Ealges for a fifth-round draft pick.
Filed to ESPN: New Orleans is trading RB Darren Sproles to Philadelphia, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
Sproles, has the distinction of being one of the most dangerous running backs and receivers in the league, and will be joining LeSean McCoy in the Eagles' backfield. While exactly how the two work together remains to be seen, on the surface the combination should help both backs.
McCoy had the second most snaps among running backs last year, and the addition of Sproles should lessen his workload slightly, but the two should also be able to coexist in the backfield or with Sproles lining up in the slot.
With Sproles in town, Eagles will cut down on the workload of LeSean McCoy. Only Matt Forte had more than his 890 snaps last year.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 13, 2014
Sproles will eat into some McCoy snaps. But no reason both can't be on field together. Sproles spent 39.1% of snaps split out wide/ in slot— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 13, 2014
As far as the Giants are concerned, this is another headache they really didn't need. However, the addition of yet another dynamic backfield threat can only be an added incentive for the Giants to invest in the defense and the linebacker position in particular.
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