| Running Back, Buffalo Bills
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|Draft: 2009 Round 2 (21)
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 208 DOB: 1988-07-12 Age: 26
|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.
|Bills wouldn't mind if McCoy led NFL in carries -- Thu May 21 5:25 pm --|
RB coach would like to cut Fred Jackson's 2014 load in half
|LeSean McCoy has led the NFL with 626 carries over the past two years and will be 27 at the start of the season. RB coach Anthony Lynn, though, is confident he can handle a similar workload going forward. “I talk to the guys all the time about Curtis Martin. This guy led the league in rushing his ninth year," Lynn said. “I’d love to see him get that many rushes.”
While Lynn would like to see McCoy’s workload stay the same, he’d prefer if Fred Jackson’s was scaled back. Jackson played 548 snaps last season, a number Lynn said he’d like to see cut in half. “I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season,” Lynn said. “ (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Given the E.J. Manuel/Matt Cassel/Tyrod Taylor quagmire at quarterback, it would probably be best if Buffalo let McCoy carry the ball as often as possible. Jackson is little more than a McCoy handcuff at this point. Lynn also spoke about the need for Bryce Brown, who is away from the team dealing with a personal matter, to return so the Bills' new coaching staff knows what they are working with there. One year after Buffalo traded for him to be its future feature back, Brown is edging closer to the roster bubble.
|Fred Jackson admits McCoy will be bellcow -- Wed Apr 15 7:00 pm --|
"I don't know what my role is going to be yet”
|“I know they say they want him to be the ‘bell cow,’” Fred Jackson said Wednesday. “They want him to take the majority of the load. But I’m not going to make it easy for him. I’m not going to just hand it to him and say, ‘Here’s the job.’” (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Jackson went on to saw that he doesn't know exactly what his role will be but it's likely to be spelling LeSean McCoy and perhaps some third-down work. Jackson is 34 years old and was bothered by a groin injury last season. He'll need an injury to McCoy to have any significant fantasy impact in 2015.
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