Shady's workload was immense last season, as he rushed 314 times and was also targeted on 64 pass attempts. He's still young and able to repeat that type of season, but if the Eagles want to get the most out of LeSean for as long as possible, acquiring a second back who can also be a dynamic player on offense was a must. Maybe Chris Polk and Matthew Tucker, currently 3 and 4 on the Eagles' depth chart, would have been able to step in and help out Shady, but Sproles is not only a safer bet, he is also a borderline pro bowler when he is at his best.
If you enjoyed watching the Eagles' offense last season, hold onto your seats this year. 16 games (plus playoffs) with McCoy and Sproles in the backfield should make for some of the most entertaining moments the Philadelphia sports scene has encountered in a long time.
By: Dan Goggin