Sproles -- who has more receptions than rushing attempts in his three seasons in New Orleans -- bristles at the notion he'd be labeled as a receiver in Philadelphia.
"Yeah, that's crazy," Sproles said at the conclusion of minicamp last week, according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly. "Half the time I get my catches out of the backfield."
Mosher points out that Sproles, now in his 10th NFL season, has more receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns than Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles' two starting wide receivers. Still, Sproles appears to be the favorite to enter the regular season as the primary backup behind LeSean McCoy.
"Everyone thinks Darren Sproles is a receiver. He's a running back," Kelly said before Philly's spring camps, "and a really, really talented running back."
Perhaps Sproles is worth his own designation: Receiving back? Running receiver? No, that's stupid. In baseball parlance, he'd be a utility man. Why don't we just go with that?