Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Should the New York Jets Look Into Darren Sproles?

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With the new league year about to begin, and with that, free agency, followed by the NFL draft, the new year of rumors are in full swing. Adam Schefter had an interesting piece of news via Twitter yesterday. Take a look:

 

The most intriguing of those names is Darren Sproles. So, let’s talk. Should the Jets inquire about trading for the multi-purpose running back? Here are his stats so far:

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
2005 22 SDG KR/PR 43 15 0 8 50 0 21 6.3 3.3 0.5 3 10 3.3 0 6 0.2 0.7 60 0 3
2007 24 SDG KR/PR 43 15 0 37 164 2 34 4.4 10.9 2.5 10 31 3.1 0 14 0.7 2.1 195 2 1
2008 25 SDG KR/PR 43 16 0 61 330 1 37 5.4 20.6 3.8 29 342 11.8 5 66 1.8 21.4 672 6 3
2009 26 SDG KR/PR 43 16 2 93 343 3 21 3.7 21.4 5.8 45 497 11.0 4 81 2.8 31.1 840 7 3
2010 27 SDG KR/PR 43 16 3 50 267 0 34 5.3 16.7 3.1 59 520 8.8 2 57 3.7 32.5 787 2 3
2011 28 NOR rb 43 16 4 87 603 2 36 6.9 37.7 5.4 86 710 8.3 7 39 5.4 44.4 1313 9 1
2012 29 NOR rb 43 13 6 48 244 1 47 5.1 18.8 3.7 75 667 8.9 7 44 5.8 51.3 911 8 0
2013 30 NOR 43 15 4 53 220 2 38 4.2 14.7 3.5 71 604 8.5 2 48 4.7 40.3 824 4 2
Career 122 19 437 2221 11 47 5.1 18.2 3.6 378 3381 8.9 27 81 3.1 27.7 5602 38 16
5 yrs SDG 78 5 249 1154 6 37 4.6 14.8 3.2 146 1400 9.6 11 81 1.9 17.9 2554 17 13
3 yrs NOR 44 14 188 1067 5 47 5.7 24.3 4.3 232 1981 8.5 16 48 5.3 45.0 3048 21 3

And those are just his offensive stats, here are his stats in the kick return game:

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd AV
2005 22 SDG KR/PR 43 15 0 18 108 0 23 6.0 63 1528 0 58 24.3 1696 1
2007 24 SDG KR/PR 43 15 0 24 229 1 45 9.5 37 1008 1 89 27.2 1432 4
2008 25 SDG KR/PR 43 16 0 22 249 0 43 11.3 53 1376 1 103 26.0 2297 8
2009 26 SDG KR/PR 43 16 2 26 183 1 77 7.0 54 1300 0 66 24.1 2323 10
2010 27 SDG KR/PR 43 16 3 24 166 0 16 6.9 51 1257 0 45 24.6 2210 7
2011 28 NOR rb 43 16 4 29 294 1 72 10.1 40 1089 0 92 27.2 2696 12
2012 29 NOR rb 43 13 6 23 183 0 37 8.0 18 483 0 48 26.8 1577 7
2013 30 NOR 43 15 4 29 194 0 28 6.7 12 255 0 32 21.3 1273 7
Career 122 19 195 1606 3 77 8.2 328 8296 2 103 25.3 15504 56
5 yrs SDG 78 5 114 935 2 77 8.2 258 6469 2 103 25.1 9958 30
3 yrs NOR 44 14 81 671 1 72 8.3 70 1827 0 92 26.1 5546 26

Darren Sproles is undeniably a versatile player, which will always be important to Rex Ryan. It’s no blip on the radar screen for Marty Mornhinweg either.

As a receiver, Darren is as reliable as they come. Last season, he didn’t drop a single pass out of 71 catchable passes thrown his way. I’m no mathemetician, but a 0.0% drop percentage is pretty darn good.

So, we are talking about a guy that can catch the ball out of the backfield, as well as run the ball solidly (over five yards per carry).  Just that information by itself is a guy who would be a great fit in the West Coast offense.  Roger Craig is a guy that comes to mind.  Now, Roger did a lot more in both the passing game and the running game than Darren, but the idea is the same.

Then, you add in the fact that he can return kicks and punts, and this player becomes that much more valuable.

The biggest worry about Darren Sproles would be his size.  He is a great change of pace, especially with all of that versatility.  But, standing in at only 5’6″, it’s hard to see him able to take the reins as a lead back if necessary, which would still leave the Jets a bit short if Bilal Powell and/or Chris Ivory were to sustain an extended injury.

But, the talent of Darren Sproles is undeniable.  If he is, in fact, available, John Idzik would be doing the Jets a disservice if he didn’t explore the idea.  What do you think?

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