Uncork The Lightening Bug

Fletcher KellyContributor IJuly 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Runningback Darren Sproles #43 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after scoring a 13 yard touchdown reception against the Denver Broncos during the third quarter of the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California.  The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Some players come into this league with the starting job in their back pocket. That wasn't the case for Darren Sproles. He fought through injuries and criticism to make it on an NFL team. With this most likely being L.T.'s last year as a starter, the Chargers need a solid, game-changing back. When given the chance, Darren has made the most of it and is deserving of a starting role.

As for the criticism about his size, many other "undersized players" like Darren have made it in the NFL. Wes Welker, Steve Smith, and Bob Sanders are perfect examples. Even the very best of running backs don't have the ball EVERY run. So there is absolutely no reason for saying that he's not an every down back. If he gets tired, give him a break.

As a hardcore Chargers fan, I'm sick and tired of AJ Smith letting some of our best talent go in free agency. They need to tighten their belt and sign Sproles to a large contract. This kid has the talent to hang with the best of them.