4. September 25th, 2016: Week 3 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers
On July 29th of 2016, Sproles signed a one-year $4.5 million contract extension with the Eagles that would run through 2017. He responded by showing just how versatile he could be. Sproles produced 438 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 52 receptions, 427 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, and 224 yards on 17 punt returns, but in that season there was a moment that stood out.
It was a tribute to both Philly’s past and its’ future.
On Week 3 of 2016 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, rookie Carson Wentz stared at third and eight from Philly’s 27-yard line. The ball was snapped, he eluded pressure, climbed the pocket. and found Sproles down the right sideline. 73 yards later, Sproles was in the end zone. The game never was in doubt after that.
In one play, we saw everything that made Sproles great for so long. In one play, we saw how great Carson Wentz was capable of becoming.