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It’s unusual that we see a player join a new team and make as big of an impact as Darren Sproles has had on this Saints offense. Sproles can truly do it all; he’s been asked to run the ball, catch it and return kicks and punts—and he has excelled in all areas.
Sproles leads the NFL in all-purpose yards this season with 1,748, and is second on the Saints (fifth in the NFL) with 62 catches already this season as a running back.
Sean Payton was left with a hole to fill after losing the dynamic Reggie Bush in the offseason. However, he wasted no time in signing Sproles, a move that Payton undoubtedly has not regretted for a second.
When it seemed like Bush was the player who could do everything, Sproles has stepped in and shown that he can do even more. Sproles has done everything Bush did for the Saints, and more. He has run between the tackles, adding another element to his game for defenders to have to try to contend. When many NFL fans thought the Saints offense would be missing a key player in Bush, Sproles has stepped in and made all Saints fans say, “Reggie who?”