Fans of the New Orleans Saints were divided when it was announced the team had traded running back Reggie Bush to the Miami Dolphins.
Everyone immediately began to question whether the Saints made the right move. Bush could have remained, but he wanted to be the number one running back, and that couldn’t happen in New Orleans.
How would the Saints replace his verstality in the offense? Who was going to become the new punt returner?
The answers to these questions were provided the same day Bush was traded, when the Saints signed a nearly identical player in Darren Sproles.
It’s debatable when it comes down who is the better player, but most views Sproles as the clear winner — especially after his debut as a Saint against the Green Bay Packers.
Sproles accounted for 250 all-purpose yards against the Packers – seven receptions for 75 yards, two carries for seven yards, two punt returns for 92 yards, and two kick returns for 76 yards.
He turned in two of the games bigger plays. A 72-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-yard reception on third and six that helped keep the drive alive.
Any lingering doubts about Bush where erased, permanently.
Sproles is exactly what the Saints hoped for when they signed him. He is a great fit in the offense, and a new toy for head coach Sean Payton to utilize.
The jury is still out on whether Bush can handle a” work horse” load with the Dolphins, but for the Saints it’s no looking back with Sproles now on board.