New Orleans Saints Player Spotlight: Darren Sproles

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Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs with the ball against San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) during the fourth quarter of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Saints 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Last year when I read that Drew Brees was lobbying the Saints to acquire Darren Sproles from the Chargers, my initial thought was, “Ok, this could be good.”

I’m always unsure of free agent pick ups because more often than not, they’re more appealing on paper than on the field.

I also thought Reggie Bush was an incredible offensive weapon, and prayed that the Saints were able to keep him.  Unfortunately, Reggie signed with the Miami Dolphins and his time in New Orleans came to an end.  And when one door closes, another one opens up.

Enter Darren Sproles.  He didn’t just walk through the doorway, he blew the door off its hinges.

This guy made it really easy to forget about Reggie Bush.  In his first game as a Saint, Sproles produced one of the season’s most electrifying plays, returning a punt for a touchdown.

Sproles might actually be faster than Reggie Bush, he’s definitely more durable.  You would expect someone so small would get injured easier, but hey, knock on wood New Orleans!

Besides his quickness and ankle-breaking ability, I would have to say his best attribute is that he is a gamer.  Every Sunday you are going to see the best Darren Sproles.  He doesn’t get scared, and it seems like there’s no place he’d rather be when carrying the football.

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