Eagles' Darren Sproles Leads NFL Running Backs in Receiving Yardage Since 2009

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 13, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
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Following a highly successful three-year stint with the New Orleans Saints, running back Darren Sproles was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick, per CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.

Known primarily for his work as a receiver, Sproles has 2,998 receiving yards since the beginning of the 2009 campaign, easily ranking first among all NFL running backs over the last five seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Interestingly enough, his new teammate LeSean McCoy ranks second, with 2,127 receiving yards since Week 1 of 2009.

McCoy was a rookie in 2009 and started just four games that season, but he has still topped 300 receiving yards in each of his five NFL campaigns, maxing out at 592 yards (on 78 receptions) in 2010. Sproles, meanwhile, was already in his fourth season by 2009 and has produced at least 497 receiving yards in each of the last five years.

An established superstar and the NFL's defending rushing-yardage champion, McCoy won't be threatened by the presence of Sproles. Rather, Eagles coach Chip Kelly will find a way to use both of his weapons at the running back position. McCoy is likely to handle most of the carries, while Sproles focuses on catching passes and possibly special teams.

After all, Sproles may be a running back, but with more receptions (336) than carries (331) over the last five seasons, he's no threat to McCoy's place in the running game.