| Running Back, Buffalo Bills
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|Draft: 2009 Round 2 (21)
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 208 DOB: 1988-07-12 Age: 27
|After a solid season in 2010 in his first year as the Eagles starting running back, McCoy was even better in 2011, rushing for 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns while chalking up 315 receiving yards and three more scores – good enough to finish as the 2nd ranked fantasy running back. The icing on top of that fabulous fantasy production was that he was remarkably consistent, reaching double digit fantasy points in every game until the Eagles season finale against Dallas. The question is whether McCoy can generate that production again in 2012? First off, the Eagles ran the ball more in 2011 than in previous seasons so a reduction in McCoy’s rushing attempts seems to be in the offing. No issue there since the Eagles have said they plan to get the ball to him more in the passing game to reduce his wear and tear and that seems like a genuine plan given that his receptions dropped from 78 in 2010 to 48 last season. Second, the Eagles have said they plan on giving him more rest but we’ve heard coaches spout that off before and it seems a little disingenuous this time given the team’s backups consistent of diminutive, second year player Dion Lewis (who found himself in some hot water for pulling a fire alarm in the offseason) and a pair of rookies in Bryce Brown and Carlos Polk. Finally, can we expect another 17 rushing touchdowns from McCoy given that quarterback Michael Vick scored just once last season? Probably not. Other than that, McCoy’s got a sunny fantasy outlook for 2012. Nab him as a top five running back and enjoy the show.
| Karlos Williams in concussion protocol -- Tue Oct 6 9:02 am --|
Bills RB is questionable for Week 5
|Karlos Williams sustained a concussion during the Week 4 game against the Giants, but was not diagnosed until Monday night. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It's possible to pass through the protocol in less than a week, but Williams should be considered questionable for Week 5. With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) out at least another couple weeks, the Bills would turn to Boobie Dixon, Cierre Wood and likely another live body if Williams can't go. It's also not outside the realm of possibility that the Bills put some running plays in for Percy Harvin.
| McCoy, Watkins likely out for Bills in Week 4 -- Thu Oct 1 7:15 pm --|
RB could rest until hamstring is 100 percent
|The Bills won’t officially rule out either player, but there appears to be little chance that running back LeSean McCoy or wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the lineup against the Giants this weekend. McCoy has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks and said earlier this week that he thought there would be some benefit to sitting out this week’s game in hopes of getting himself closer to 100 percent for Week Five and beyond. Watkins suffered a calf injury last Sunday and, like McCoy, hasn’t practiced this week.
“We won’t say out. But yeah, you guys can figure it out,” Ryan said, via Joe Buscaglia of WKBW. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The Bills are taking the approach with McCoy they probably should have used in Week 1, but at least they sound committed to getting "Shady" healthy. Karlos Williams should be considered a must-start, even against a Giants' defense that has been pretty stout so far. Robert Woods and Percy Harvin should see extensive action in Watkins' absence, although Charles Clay is likely to be the best fantasy play of the pass-catching options.
| Rex on McCoy: "doesn't look good" for Week 4 -- Wed Sep 30 11:13 am --|
Bills RB won't practice Wednesday
|Rex Ryan admitted Wednesday it "doesn't look good" for LeSean McCoy's availability this week against the New York Giants. "He's certainly not 100 percent. We're holding him out from practice. (There is) a real possibility he won't play," Ryan said, via WGR Radio's Sal Capaccio. "Is it worth the time to get him near or 100 percent? We're weighing that right now."
The running back won't practice on Wednesday.
FF Today's Take: It sounds like the Bills may leave McCoy on the sidelines this week in hopes of getting him healthy for Week 5 and beyond. Rookie Karlos Williams would likely get the start if McCoy sits and would be a nice RB2 option against the Giants this week.
| LeSean McCoy still dealing with hamstring injury -- Mon Sep 28 5:50 pm --|
Appears unsure if he'll play in Week 4
|The hamstring LeSean McCoy injured in training camp is still bothering him. He can’t shift from third to fourth gear - let alone fifth. “I can’t get that acceleration,” he said, “that burst.”
So even McCoy isn’t sure if he’ll play next week. As he said, “We’re going to find out.” Whether McCoy takes a full week or two to rest or is put on a more disciplined pitch count, expect to see much more of rookie Karlos Williams. As McCoy gritted through his injury - averaging 1.5 yards per carry - Williams continued to burst onto the scene in Buffalo’s 41-14 win Sunday with 110 yards on 12 attempts. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: This is yet another reminder that if a back is having trouble staying healthy before the start of the season, he is a poor bet to get healthy once it starts. It would be best for all parties involved to let McCoy heal up because Williams has proven himself more than capable of holding the fort down.
| "Shady" McCoy questionable for Sunday -- Fri Sep 18 4:40 pm --|
Bills' star RB still dealing with hamstring issues
|The Bills had to put wraps on running back LeSean McCoy during Thursday’s practice after he complained of tightness and soreness in the hamstring that kept him off the field for a good chunk of August and that’s left his status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots in some doubt. McCoy was listed as questionable for the game after another limited practice on Friday and coach Rex Ryan said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, that there’s a “little bit of a concern” about his ability to get on the field for the clash between 1-0 AFC East teams. One of McCoy’s backfield mates doesn’t share the coach’s concern about McCoy being in the lineup. “Shady, he’s gonna go,” Karlos Williams said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “He’s gonna be able to go. It’s Shady, he’s a big-time player, he makes big-time plays. … There’s no doubt in my mind he’s gonna go. … I guarantee you he’s gonna 100 percent on Sunday.” (NBC Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Perhaps hampered by his sore hamstring, McCoy didn't look like his elusive self in week one, managing just 41 yards on 17 carries. He looked a little less limited in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 46 yards. The Patriots' defense can be vulnerable against the run, as we saw DeAngelo Williams torch them for 127 yards in the 2015 NFL season opener. But if McCoy is hurting or ineffective Sunday, the Bills will probably lean more heavily on rookie Karlos Willams who had an impressive debut last week.
| McCoy pulled from practice w/ tight hamstring -- Thu Sep 17 5:55 pm --|
Was just removed from injury report on Wednesday
|The Buffalo Bills pulled star RB LeSean McCoy out of practice Thursday after he experienced tightness in his hamstring. "Do I expect him to play?" coach Rex Ryan said. "I certainly hope so." The Bills host the New England Patriots on Sunday. If McCoy isn't able to play, the Bills would turn to rookie Karlos Williams, the team's leading rusher in their Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
McCoy suffered a hamstring injury during training camp. He was removed from the injury report Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Owners have reason to be concerned about McCoy's ability to hold up this season given the fact this is the second known hamstring issue he's had since August. Ryan hasn't ruled McCoy out and probably wouldn't do so until Sunday, but his less-than-glowing "I certainly hope so" reply doesn't exactly breed a lot of confidence in his ability to handle a full workload against New England in Week 2. Williams needs to be owned in all leagues until McCoy is cleared.
| Rex Ryan on McCoy: "He'll be ready to roll" -- Wed Sep 9 9:55 am --|
Bills RB recovering from hamstring injury
|"LeSean McCoy will be practicing in full today. He'll be ready to roll."
(Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Good news for McCoy owners. Assuming there are no setbacks in practice this week he should received a decent workload on Sunday against the Colts. It won't be a surprise if he's limited though considering he's missed a good portion of practices the last month.
|Bills release RB Fred Jackson -- Mon Aug 31 9:00 am --|
Nine-year career in Buffalo comes to an end
|The Buffalo Bills released Fred Jackson on Monday, ending the veteran running back's nine-year career with the team. "Today, we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement. "He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The 34-year-old running back missed a couple weeks of camp with hamstring injury but played well in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. The Bills still have plenty of running back depth including LeSean McCoy (hamstring) Bryce Brown (hamstring), Anthony Dixon (calf) and rookie Karlos Williams. A few teams are in need of running back help including Dallas and Tennessee.
| Rex: Bills "cautiously optimistic" about McCoy -- Thu Aug 27 4:40 pm --|
|HC Rex Ryan has the media answer whether LeSean McCoy will be ready for the opener.
All together now: "Cautiously optimistic!" (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: In typical Rex fashion, he was able to sidestep an injury question with humor. The fact that Ryan didn't come a little closer to guaranteeing his availability for the opener should be cause for concern for his owners, however, and could rightfully result in a drop of his ADP as a result. McCoy has seemingly been hurt since the day he arrived in Buffalo, so drafters would be wise not to view him as a fantasy RB1. Fred Jackson and rookie Karlos Williams appear to be next in line.
| McCoy leaves practice with hamstring injury -- Tue Aug 18 8:00 pm --|
MRI on Wednesday
|Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy limped to the locker room with an apparent left leg injury during Tuesday's joint practice with the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Bills are decimated at the running back position with injuries. McCoy (hamstring) joins Fred Jackson (hamstring), Anthony Dixon (calf), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and rookie Karlos Williams (undisclosed) in the trainers room. None are expected to play on Thursday.
|Bills' FB thinks McCoy can reach 2000-yard mark -- Fri Jul 31 4:00 pm --|
Uncertainty surrounds former Eagle as he joins new team
|"I want him to break records," Bills fullback Jerome Felton said. "I want him to get 2,000 yards. I want him to lead the league in rushing. Him and Adrian are cut from the same cloth. I would be very disappointed if he's not the leading rusher in the league next year, that's for sure." Reaching the 2,000 yard mark is incredibly difficult, but it's not out of the question for McCoy. He piled up 1,607 yards in 2013 on 314 carries. He has averaged a healthy 4.6 yards over the course of his career, and has remained relatively healthy each year - both key factors in rushing for a big number of yards. Having a confident fullback as your lead blocker helps, especially when he's blocked for another 2,000-yard rusher in Adrian Peterson. (Fox)|
FF Today's Take: Caution: it can be hard to predict how a star running back will fit in with a new team. LeSean McCoy is an elusive runner who can pound the ball between the tackles or bounce outside and turn on the jets. Historically, he has done a lot of damage receiving the ball as well. He will likely be the focal point of the team's offense this season, and if he stays healthy, should help the Bills improve upon the 92.6 rushing yards they averaged per game last year.
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