Darren Sproles and Malcolm Jenkins helped end the Eagles season last year at Lincoln Financial Field as members of the New Orleans Saints.
Fast forward eight months, and they are now integral parts of the Eagles 2-0 start.
Sproles was a flat out stud tonight. The 31-year old running back looked not a day over 25, running for a 19-yard touchdown to tie the game at 20 in the third quarter and catching seven passes for 152 yards (only 20 less than the entire Colts team).
Sproles also helped jump start a stagnant Eagles offense in Week 1 with a 49-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
Jenkins nearly forced a fumble last week and had an interception with the Colts leading 27-20 late in the fourth quarter. Absolutely no way Patrick Chung would have made that play in a spot like that or at all for that matter.
When the Eagles gave up a fifth round pick for Sproles in March, Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman essentially justified it by saying that if Sproles was available in the fifth round of this draft, teams would certainly pick him.
The actual draft, unlike 2012 and 2013, is not yet yielding positive results. The only rookie really seeing any playing time is second round receiver Jordan Matthews. Marcus Smith is a big time project. Josh Huff would likely have a role if healthy but is still recovering from a shoulder injury. Taylor Hart and Jaylen Watkins have both been healthy inactives.
With little impact from the draft, it is absolutely vital that additions made via trade and free agency pan out, and so far between these two plus the recently acquired Cody Parkey, they are.
Well said, Connor. Well said, indeed.