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.
LeSean McCoy created some concern among Buffalo Bills fans when he was the only player absent from the team’s first voluntary workout of the season on Monday, but apparently there isn’t much to worry about.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that McCoy’s decision to not partake in Day 1 of voluntary workouts has nothing to do with his contract. McCoy is owed a base salary of $6 million in 2017, and none of it is guaranteed. That has led to some speculation that the Bills could try to get him to take a pay cut just before the season starts, and McCoy might rather be released earlier in the offseason if that is the plan.
Apparently, there is no need to think about that. McCoy had a fantastic season last year, rushing for more than 1,200 yards and adding another 356 receiving. A video he shared on social media could help explain why he was not at the team’s facility on Monday.
The Bills are entering a new era under first-year head coach Sean McDermott, so there’s always a possibility players could be on the chopping block. That said, it wouldn’t make much sense for McDermott to risk having his offense take a step back now that Tyrod Taylor is staying in Buffalo. McCoy’s job should be safe.
The Buffalo Bills began the voluntary portion of their offseason workouts on Monday, and the only missing player was a notable one.
Where was LeSean McCoy?
New Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters McCoy was the only player not in attendance, but he did not express concern over it.
While it is strange that only one member of the team would miss the workout, ESPN’s Mike Rodak noted that McCoy’s Instagram indicated the star running back’s son was celebrating his fifth birthday on Monday.
That would be a solid excuse for missing the first workout — not that a player needs an excuse for missing a voluntary session. By the very nature of the offseason rules, McCoy does not owe anyone an explanation. Missing a mandatory workout would be a much different story.
McCoy had one of his best years as a pro last season, rushing for more than 1,200 yards and adding 356 yards receiving. If his reaction to being left off of a top 101 players list recently is any indication, the Bills shouldn’t have to worry about his focus level heading into 2017.
LeSean McCoy is angry with nerds.
NFL analytics site ProFootballFocus recently released a stats-based list of the top 101 players of 2016, and the Buffalo Bills running back was excluded.
McCoy had a word for the site about that.
McCoy had over 1,500 all-purpose yards and scored 14 touchdowns in 2016, but PFF’s list takes into account all aspects of football. As the site explained in a separate article, McCoy was excluded primarily due to his shortcomings as a pass blocker. Fairly or not, it’s ultimately a big part of the site’s consideration.
Maybe McCoy can use his absence from this list as a motivational tool. It worked out pretty well for this guy, after all.
It’s becoming more and more clear that there were some serious issues in the Buffalo Bills’ locker room under Rex Ryan.
Two of the team’s star offensive players, running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, agreed that the team lacked discipline under Ryan, with Watkins implying that Ryan’s coaching staff was “scared” of the players.
“It’s discipline,” Watkins said Thursday, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “Whatever around the locker room that needs to be addressed — on the field, off the field, flags, whether it’s a running drill, whether it’s something … we’re not good at. I just think being professional as players [needs to be] fixed first. Then the coaches have to be hard on us, not scared of us. Get at us, yell at us, curse at us. Whatever to get the play to do that job the best he can, that’s what they need to do.”
McCoy agreed, though he put more responsibility on the players.
“I think the discipline has been an issue,” McCoy said Friday. “I just think that if players just [need to take] accountability for their own actions. It’s one thing to talk about discipline and guys not [being] bought in. But if they’re not doing [their job], you can’t really take [them credibly]. I just think as players, as professionals, we need to step up and play accountable. That’s the biggest issue.”
McCoy said players often showed up late and didn’t know their assignments. They were fined, but he felt that given the high salaries of many players, it wasn’t an effective deterrent.
Between these comments and others made previously, it sounds like Ryan and the players really failed to connect with each other. In that sense, it’s no surprise that things came to such a brutal end in Buffalo.
Four-time Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy gave us another injury scare on Sunday when he had to exit Buffalo’s Week 11 victory with a dislocated thumb, but fortunately he appears to be OK.
According to a report by ProFootballTalk, the Bills running back is expected to play in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The 28-year-old McCoy, who has rushed for 716 yards and seven touchdowns for the 5-5 Bills in 2016, was forced from the 16-12 win over the Cincinnati Bengals late in the second quarter after hurting the thumb. There has been some precedent this season for McCoy making a quick turnaround in his recovery from injury, so it probably would shock absolutely no one to see McCoy take the field next weekend against Jacksonville.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy departed Sunday’s game against Cincinnati with what the team is calling a thumb injury.
McCoy left the field holding his left arm to his body, suggesting a possible arm injury, but the Bills called it a thumb problem.
McCoy did not return to start the second half either.
McCoy missed time earlier in the season with a hamstring issue. The Bills can ill afford another absence from their starting running back.
LeSean McCoy spoke positively after returning to practice Thursday for the first time since missing last week’s game.
McCoy has been out with a hamstring injury, but the 28-year-old practiced Thursday and said afterwards that he felt good.
McCoy got hurt ahead of the Bills’ Week 7 game against the Dolphins and was limited to just 11 yards on 8 carries. Prior to that, he had consecutive huge games for the Bills, including a three-touchdown effort against the Niners. He has scored 7 touchdowns this season, while averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
McCoy has some extra time to prepare for Week 9 as the Bills don’t face the Seahawks until Monday night.
The New England Patriots could be catching a major break in Buffalo on Sunday, as running back LeSean McCoy appears unlikely to play in the game.
McCoy, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, is reportedly considered 50/50 to suit up. However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports expects him to sit.
McCoy tweaked his hamstring in practice last week, but it felt good enough that he was able to play against the Miami Dolphins. He ended up leaving that game after aggravating the injury.
Given his history of hamstring issues, the Bills will almost certainly need to give McCoy at least a week off so he can avoid further setbacks. The last time Buffalo faced the Patriots, McCoy racked up more than 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown in his team’s 16-0 victory. He currently ranks fourth in the NFL with 598 rushing yards.
Even if McCoy does wind up playing, don’t expect Rex Ryan to make any more unrealistic comments about the Pro Bowler’s health.