There are two Eagles players not attending this week’s voluntary workouts. One of Fletcher Cox, who is working on a huge contract with the Birds, so understand why he’s not here and it’s not a big deal. The reason why the other guy, Darren Sproles, was still not here wasn’t as clear, so Birds head coach Doug Pederson had to give us some behind the scenes information about it.
“He and I are in direct communication. We’ve been talking all offseason,” Pederson said. “I have no issues with Darren. I fully expect him to be here for the mandatory camp. Again, this is a voluntary program.”
Sproles, who is 33 years old, is an accomplished veteran with nothing to prove, plus he wants to coach his son’s track team in California. Pederson wisely excused him from the voluntary camp because Sproles has a reputation for staying in great shape.
The 3rd down back will likely be here for the mandatory camp, otherwise don’t expect to see him.
I am concerned that the only back the Birds have that’s well over 200 pounds is the injury-prone Ryan Mathews. Mathews is a talented player, but his injury history makes him unreliable. I don’t see Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Kenjon Barner or any of the other youngsters as every down backs.