LeSean McCoy has not missed many games during his NFL career, but the star running back always seems to be bothered by some minor ailment. Just one week into the 2017 season, and he has already missed a practice due to injury.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Friday that McCoy is experiencing some soreness in his groin. However, he was sure to note that he is “very confident” McCoy will play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday without limitations.
McCoy rushed for 110 yards on 22 carries and added five receptions for 49 yards in Buffalo’s Week 1 win over the New York Jets. He also injured his wrist at one point and had to go to the sideline after he said it “went numb.” That led to some questions about the 29-year-old’s workload going forward, but the Bills insist they are not concerned.
While there’s no reason to believe McCoy will be limited on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if his health can hold up over a full season.
LeSean McCoy has not missed many games throughout his NFL career, though he seems to always be dealing with some sort of minor injury. One way to keep him fresh would be to give him less touches, but the Buffalo Bills have no interest in taking the ball out of their best player’s hands.
When asked about McCoy getting 27 touches in a season-opening win over the New York Jets, Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said he will let the backfield distribution “all work itself out.” He also said he is not going to take the ball out of McCoy’s hands.
“If I give him the ball 50 times, he’ll make 50 plays,” Dennison said, per ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak.
McCoy, who piled up 159 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, gave fans a scare when he was seen clutching his arm in the second half. He later said his wrist “went numb” when he fell on it but ended up being fine.
Again, McCoy has not missed many games during his nine-year NFL career. However, 29-year-old players are often less durable than their younger counterparts, and McCoy has a history of dealing with some pain. If the Bills want to run him into the ground, they know the risk they are taking.
If you’re going to win games in the NFL, you need to have playmakers. These are the guys who can turn a game around with a big play and lift the team when they need it most.
What makes a playmaker? It can be anything, really. A quarterback who can make the pinpoint throw under pressure; the running back who can burst through a hole for a huge play; the wide receiver who can make the spectacular catch for that big touchdown. They don’t even need to be offensive — defenders who have that ability to get a big pick or blow up a play in the backfield qualify too.
Here’s a look at the best playmaker on each NFL team.
Arizona Cardinals — David Johnson, RB
Few players in the league are as skilled or versatile as Arizona’s third-year running back. Johnson truly took over the role in 2016, rushing for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was no slouch through the air, either, with five catches per game. In total, no player had more yards from scrimmage than Johnson. Even bigger numbers may be in store in 2017.
Atlanta Falcons — Julio Jones, WR
Quarterback Matt Ryan has an argument here for the first time in his career, but for the Falcons, it’s still all about Jones, who is one of the premier receivers the league has to offer. While his 2016 didn’t quite match his lofty 2015 numbers, Jones still racked up over 1,400 yards. He averaged over 100 yards receiving per game for the fourth consecutive season, which is no small feat. Want big plays? The star receiver averaged 17 yards per catch for the NFC champions. And now the team wants him to get more touchdowns.
Many people believe that Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent because of his political beliefs, while others feel he simply isn’t a good enough quarterback to be on an NFL roster. For LeSean McCoy, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
When asked about the Kaepernick situation on Thursday, McCoy told reporters he believes Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has played a role in the 29-year-old not being signed. But McCoy also thinks Kaepernick would have a job by now if he were a better player.
“As a player, there’s certain players that can be on a team with big distractions, and other players, they’re not good enough that it’s worth it,” McCoy said, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I think his situation is, not good enough to have on a team with all the attention that comes along with it. I’m sure if a guy like (Tom) Brady or a guy like — whoever is your favorite player, Odell Beckham or a guy like that — you’ll deal with that attention and play him. With certain guys, it’s not worth it.”
McCoy’s opinion is similar to the one we have been sharing all along. While Kaepernick might be good enough to start for some teams, the majority of teams would only have interest in him as a backup. Whether coaches and executives agree with his political stances or not, most don’t want a media circus surrounding their second-string quarterback.
We’ve heard some other theories about why Kaepernick hasn’t been signed, but McCoy probably hit the nail on the head. If teams felt strongly enough about Kaepernick as a player, they’d deal with any added attention he may bring and support him along the way.
LeSean McCoy has heard his name pop up in trade rumors over the past week or so, but the star running back does not seem all that concerned about what the future holds.
McCoy seemingly addressed the trade speculation in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
“So popping they just keep popping up with rumors … u can’t control the future but put ya future in Gods hands and watch … WE STILL on the CHASE .. on the way to #10kchase – #12kchase big big BLUEBILLS,” McCoy wrote.
With LeGarrette Blount struggling in the preseason and Ryan Mathews having been released, there has been some talk that it might make sense for McCoy to return to the Eagles. The Bills know they are nowhere close to contending for a championship, and McCoy carries a cap hit of around $9 million for the next three seasons. Getting some value in return for him before he hits the dreaded 30-year-old running back mark might make some sense.
However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Tuesday that the Bills have not entertained trade offers for McCoy and will not do so in the near future. Buffalo may have traded away one of its biggest playmakers already, but that does not mean a fire sale is forthcoming.
The Buffalo Bills know they are not going to contend for a championship in 2017, and even making the playoffs would be a pipe dream. With that considered, does it make sense for them to trade away their most valuable remaining offensive piece?
Evan Silva of Rotoworld said Friday that he expects Buffalo to listen to trade offers for both LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor, and he would not be surprised if the Bills initiate some of those calls themselves.
McCoy, who rushed for 21 yards on four carries and caught one pass for 11 yards in Thursday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, recently turned 29. He carries a cap hit of around $9 million for the next three seasons. If the Bills don’t think they are close to contending, it would make sense to get something in return for the star running back now.
Taylor restructured his contract with Buffalo earlier in the offseason, and many felt he could have gotten more guaranteed money if he hit the open market, which he could have done after Buffalo chose not to pick up his option. Instead, his agent said he chose to lower his cap hit to help the team. How have the Bills responded? By letting two of their receivers leave in free agency and trading their most talented wideout away.
If the Bills are going to make a trade, McCoy seems most likely to go. His recruitment of one former teammate earlier this offseason fell on deaf ears, and it would not be a surprise if he is unhappy in Buffalo.
LeSean McCoy has been dating an Instagram model named Delicia Cordon for several months, but it appears as though the Buffalo Bills running back may be hitting the open market again.
In one of her social media posts over the weekend, Cordon implied that she caught McCoy cheating on her with an escort — assuming the two were still dating.
Cordon didn’t mention McCoy by name, but the two were clearly together at one point.
This isn’t the first time McCoy’s personal life drama has made it to social media. If you remember, he got into a public spat on Twitter with the mother of his child a few years back.
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If LeSean McCoy has his way, he’ll reunite with former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Jeremy Maclin on the Buffalo Bills.
McCoy admitted Sunday at his charity softball game that Maclin had reached out to him first after his release from the Kansas City Chiefs, and the running back expressed optimism that the two could join up in Buffalo.
“I know he could help us out tremendously,” McCoy said, via ESPN’s Mike Rodak. “I’ve been doing my recruiting already, and don’t be surprised if it happens.
“That would be cool to have another weapon on the offense. But you never know. A lot of things would have to work out for that to happen. You know how the business goes.”
Maclin’s release from Kansas City came as a surprise, even to his teammates. Buffalo has some cap space and top receiver Sammy Watkins has battled injury, so there could be a fit.
The Golden State Warriors entered the NBA Finals as heavy favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and one star NFL player is fully expecting Kevin Durant and the boys to take care of business.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy shared a photo of a betting slip on his Snapchat account earlier in the week, and it showed that he bet $200,000 on the Warriors to get the best of the Cavs. According to ESPN’s David Purdum, McCoy’s bet was the largest one Planet Hollywood took on the NBA Finals.
While there is still a lot of basketball left to be played, McCoy has to be feeling pretty good about his investment thus far. And after hearing what Richard Jefferson said about Game 2, the Pro Bowler should be feeling even better.
If Kiko Alonso wants to share photos on social media showing nice plays he has made during his NFL career, LeSean McCoy would rather be left out of it.
On Sunday, Alonso posted a photo that appears to show the linebacker after he just hit McCoy and sent the Buffalo Bills running back flipping through the air. McCoy, whose Instagram handle is @shadymccoy, took exception to the photo and called Alonso a “BUM.” Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post captured a screenshot of the relevant comments:
“boy ya dad wish u was as good as me… n ya new contract garbage lol my 2011 money … take me off ya page u BUM,” McCoy wrote.
Alonso, who was traded to the Bills from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 in exchange for McCoy, recently signed a four-year, $26 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. He struggled due to injuries with the Eagles but racked up 115 total tackles last season in Miami.
McCoy is owed a base salary of $6 million next season, and there has been some speculation that he could be happy about his contract. He was the only player absent from the start of voluntary workouts with the Bills last week, though he may have had a very good reason.
As for Alonso’s photo, McCoy should let it go. It hardly appeared to be anything personal.