The next Sproles. A new “Lightning Bug”…

With the very likely event that Running Back Darren Sproles will not be returning to San Diego this season, it’s time to explore the possibilities for his replacement. Now, looking at Darren Sproles at 5’6″, 190lbs, with good top end speed and blazing quickness it is clear to see why teams are interested in picking him up. He is a great return man and has put up solid number for us when we need him. I think we all remember the game when the name Sproles was heard around the world. It was when he was dashing for the endzone to knock the Colts out of the playoffs. Little man was bobbin’ and weavin’ his way to victory!

When looking at the impact Sproles had on our offense, you can see a growing trend that we were not so much using him as a Running Back but more so as a slot receiver type. He would be able to take a screen pass and convert for 10+ yards easily. He totaled only 6 td’s on the ground in San Diego while pulling 11 td’s from the air, and 4 on Special teams returns. What does this mean for San Diego fans? We might be set to see the next Wide Receiver version of Sproles coming into San Diego. We would more than likely use them as a slot receiver as well as kick returner. So with that said, who are the best options? Well, in my opinion here are the top 5.

Randall Cobb – Kentucky – WR / KR
By far the best receiver of the bunch, has versatility in the run and pass game, and great in the return game too!

Jerrel Jernigan – Troy – WR/KR
Solid receiver, good speed, lots of quickness, field vision, and reliable returner.

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos – Iowa – WR/KR
The nations top kickoff return man for the 2010-2011 NCAA season.

Jeremy Kerley – TCU – WR/PR/KR
Not only does he have top rankings in the KR/PR category, he has good hands and speed.

Edmond Gates – Abilene Christian – WR/KR
Posted the fasted 40 yard dash time of any player in the combine. 4.28, which means he could be a future Raider as well.

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  • Give me Cobb or Jernigan!!!

    Either Cobb or Jernigan would look SICK returnign kicks or punts and turnings short passes into ridiculously long gains and making people look foolish

  • chargedup85

    Jeremy Farley was a beast at TCU I watched him take over games and he has sick play making ability and run after the catch he has good game speed if you do a little research on him he’s a beast on a team that hasn’t done to bad the last 3 years he’s been on it.

    • Give me Cobb or Jernigan!!!

      i have never seen the guy out of TCU. i guess i should look at some tape of the guy. if we can add a player with that sproles-like explosiveness, it will be good for the offense

  • Ernie Padaon

    i am going to miss sproles… but he was ineffective last season and we are paying him too much money as a 3rd running back and a kick returner.

    Cason did well returning punts last season.

    • Paul Maland

      Yeah Ernie. I fully agree with you. I love Sproles. I have 2 of his jerseys and I just wish we would utilize him. He will thrive in the right offense but its going to take a special team like New England or someone who can use the screen back option to make him effective. One thing I will give Sproles is that he never gets into legal trouble and rarely gets injured for being pint sized.

      • Ernie Padaon

        he would be perfect in that patriot offense, but i would then hate him for joining THAT team! you gotta do what you gotta do though

  • MachoMenos

    Greg Salas is THE hidden gem at wide receiver.