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LeSean McCoy raves about Tom Brady: He could play another five years

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy has no shortage of praise for Tom Brady.

McCoy has been in the NFL since 2009 and has been around numerous coaches, franchises, and players. No player has struck him in the same way that Brady has.

McCoy signed with Tampa Bay in August. Though he only had 10 carries for 31 yards and 15 receptions for 101 yards, McCoy got to experience Brady for the first time.

“He’s the only player that I’ve ever been around that, when he speaks, when he talks, I believe him,” McCoy said on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Wednesday. “He could tell me, ‘Shady, go walk on that water. You won’t drown.’ I’m going to be like, ‘OK.’ He has that type of thing about him. And the way he works. When I was younger, I wish I worked as hard as he does. We just won a Super Bowl and he’s back training, doing little things.”

McCoy shared how Brady elevated his level of focus and leadership in the week of the Super Bowl.

“We have about eight, nine, maybe ten players in a group chat. All the skill guys,” McCoy explained. “All the guys that were active to play. And he’s going into details about every player we’re going against. He’s like, a voice over. It’s a video playing and it’s only him. He’s got the candles lit. He’s like, ‘This DB, he likes to press. He likes to hold. He doesn’t have good speed.’ With everybody. I’m like, this guy is so dialed in. He’s 43! He’s dialed in.

McCoy also said he feels Brady could play another five years, which would take the 7-time Super Bowl winner to age 48.

“He can play another five years. Just because, not only just the talent or the big arm and all that. It’s just like, he gets it. He gets it,” said McCoy.

McCoy played in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills from 2015-2018 and saw Brady those years. He also addressed the debate about the impacts Brady and Bill Belichick had on the New England Patriots.

“I played in Buffalo and I would play this dude every year, twice a year. I’d say, ‘When Brady leaves, the Patriots, they will not be as good.’ Everybody talks about this (Bill) Belichick — and I respect Belichick, he’s a great coach — but c’mon, let’s stop that,” McCoy said. “When (Brady) leaves that team, they will not be the same. The guy is different. You feed off of him. His energy.

“The regular season, he was so serious. And then the playoffs, it was like the ‘Terminator.’ He was even more serious. And then the championship week he was even more serious. Like, even the coaches have to be on their A-game because the dude demands so much respect. When he’s there, it’s like the championship habits pick up. The championship DNA picks up. And I think when you have a guy like that, you have a chance to win. And I love Belichick, but they’re not the same team without (No.) 12 over there.”

There’s no doubt about how much New England missed Brady. They went 7-9 last season and struggled to pass the ball with Cam Newton at quarterback. As for Brady, he won the Super Bowl in his first season with his new team. And the stories about his incredible leadership are becoming legendary at this point.

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LeSean McCoy sums up why he was so eager to join Buccaneers

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he’s already loving the perks.

On Tuesday, McCoy summed up the many reasons he’s happy to be with the Buccaneers — Tom Brady and the weather.

Yeah, it’s pretty easy to see why that would appeal to a player. Brady would be enough for a lot of offensive players. He’s a winner, and he instantly makes the Buccaneers a Super Bowl contender.

McCoy hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2017, and at 32, he isn’t the same player he once was. He still has some serious ambitions that he’s probably hoping Brady can help him achieve, though.

LeSean McCoy agrees to sign with Buccaneers

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCoy reached agreement on a 1-year deal with the Bucs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is for the veteran minimum, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

“He’s very excited to play with established vets like Brady and Gronk in trying to win another championship,” McCoy’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said.

McCoy, 32, played in 13 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and rushed for 465 yards and four touchdowns, and had 181 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

A six-time Pro Bowler, McCoy has 11,071 career rushing yards and recently stated his goal is to surpass 12,000 yards. He will join a group of running backs that includes Ronald Jones, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Dare Ogunbowale.

LeSean McCoy aiming to reach 12,000 career rushing yards

LeSean McCoy is still without a team on the eve of training camp, but the veteran running back hasn’t given up on finding one with a goal in mind.

McCoy said on NFL Network’s “NFL Now” that he has had discussions with a few unnamed teams, and wants to find the right fit where he can compete for a championship. He added that his goal is to eclipse the 12,000 yard mark for career rushing yards.

“You talk about that number. That number’s 12,000,” McCoy said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “That’s something that I’ve always wanted to achieve. That’s big to me. Right now, I’m just talked to a couple of teams — some of my favorite teams — that I’d think would be a great fit for me. I won’t tell you exactly.

McCoy currently sits at 11,071 career rushing yards, leaving him 929 yards shy of his goal. If he can find a consistent role, he could probably achieve that mark within a year or two. The fact that he hasn’t been able to find a job doesn’t bode well for him, though, especially after one of his former teams never acted on its reported interest earlier in the offseason.

LeSean McCoy calls himself a Hall of Famer in since-deleted Instagram post

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy has had some outstanding seasons in what has turned out to be a lengthy NFL career, but has he compiled a Hall of Fame-worthy resume? That will be a highly debated topic when McCoy retires, though he thinks he already has the answer.

McCoy, who intends to play in 2020 but remains a free agent, took to Instagram recently to thank some of his family members and former teammates for all their support over his first 11 seasons in the NFL. However, he made it clear that he is not retiring by concluding the post with “HOF on the way when I SAY I’m Done.”

The post has since been deleted, so perhaps McCoy thought better of prematurely enshrining himself in Canton. Current Hall of Famers might be bothered by a player who has not even become eligible yet already declaring himself worthy of joining them, and it’s almost always a better look for a player to remain humble even if he believes he deserves to be in the Hall.

So, does he?

McCoy has a decent chance of making it to Canton, but his career stats place him in somewhat complicated territory. McCoy currently ranks 22nd all time in the NFL with 11,071 rushing yards. Of the 21 players ahead of him, 16 are currently enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Two others — Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson — are still playing but are locks to be inducted when they retire. The three who are not in the Hall are Fred Taylor, Steven Jackson and Corey Dillon. Just below McCoy on the list you will see names like Tiki Barber and Eddie George, who have been eligible for the Hall of Fame for several years and not gotten in. Barber rushed for 10,449 yards in his career, while George had 10,441.

McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, which is more than any of the aforementioned players. He also should get a resume booster from the 3,797 receiving yards he has racked up in his career.

Clearly, McCoy has a case. He is hardly a lock, however, which is probably why he got some negative feedback and decided to remove the Instagram post. His main focus at the moment should be on trying to convince a team to sign him, and we know of at least one that is said to have interest.

Report: Eagles have interest in bringing back LeSean McCoy

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The Philadelphia Eagles have been looking to add a veteran running back this offseason, and one of the scenarios they have discussed is bringing back LeSean McCoy.

ESPN’s Tim McManus reported on Thursday that the Eagles have narrowed their focus to McCoy, Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde. The team is looking to add one of the three veteran backs in the near future.

McCoy, who turns 32 in July, said recently that he would like to return to Philadelphia to help mentor young running back Miles Sanders. McManus notes that the Eagles are high on Sanders and believe he can become a Pro Bowl player, so perhaps McCoy’s enthusiasm about working with the former second-round pick will be enough to convince Philly to bring him back.

Of the three veteran backs, Hyde was the most productive last season. He rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Houston Texans and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which was the second-highest mark of his career. McCoy rushed for just 465 yards and appeared to fall out of favor with Andy Reid in Kansas City.

Freeman, 28, is the youngest of the three veteran backs the Eagles have interest in, but he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry last season. He also has at least one other known suitor.

LeSean McCoy wants to mentor Miles Sanders with Eagles

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is still without a team, but he knows exactly who he’d like to play for and what role he’d like to play for them.

McCoy said he would like to return to the Philadelphia Eagles in order to mentor young standout Miles Sanders.

“I think they have an emerging superstar coming up with a lot of talent,” McCoy said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” via Jaylon Thompson of 247 Sports. “I could see myself helping him out, showing him the ropes. I think, when I was there when I was young, I had Westbrook. He was kind of banged up and he left the next year. I never really had older guys showing me the ropes.”

McCoy turns 32 in July. He had 465 yards rushing for the Kansas City Chiefs last year, and is clearly more of a mentor figure than a lead back at this point. The Chiefs didn’t have much use for him toward the end of his time there. Maybe the Eagles would have more use for him, but there’s no clear indication that they’re interested.

LeSean McCoy reportedly likely to be inactive for Super Bowl LIV

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy has received almost no usage down the stretch for the Kansas City Chiefs, and that looks likely to continue for Super Bowl LIV.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, McCoy is likely to be inactive for Sunday’s game, with the Chiefs dressing two running backs and preferring to use the other available active roster spot on defense.

McCoy has gone from starting nine regular season games to getting one playoff snap. This will be the second time he has been inactive for a playoff game, as he didn’t factor in Kansas City’s AFC Championship win over Tennessee.

The veteran running back tallied 465 rushing yards this season, a career low. He had a big choice to make at the start of the year and opted to play in Kansas City. It may get him a Super Bowl ring, but he won’t have played a big part in the playoff run either way.

Several key Chiefs players late to stadium week after equipment fiasco

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The Kansas City Chiefs dealt with an unusual situation with their equipment before their game against the New England Patriots last week, and on Sunday it was the players who were late to the stadium.

A week after the Chiefs needed a police escort to get their equipment to Gillette Stadium on time, several key players — including LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins — were reportedly late to arrive at Arrowhead Stadium. It was snowing pretty heavily prior to game time, so that was likely a factor.

Kansas City gets over an average of a foot of snow per year, so Chiefs players should be prepared to deal with it. Patrick Mahomes was on the field chatting with Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Luck well before kickoff.

Last week, Kansas City’s equipment was somehow sent to New Jersey instead of Foxboro. A police escort was needed to help the Chiefs avoid having to forfeit, and they went on to beat the Patriots. They’ll be hoping tardy players yield the same results as tardy equipment on Sunday.

LeSean McCoy reportedly suffered ankle injury Sunday

LeSean McCoy

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy is nursing an ankle injury, though it’s not thought to be serious.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, McCoy suffered the injury late in the Chiefs’ 28-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. He will undergo an MRI to determine the severity, but there does not appear to be significant concern regarding the nature of it.

The 31-year-old is locked in a running back by committee role on the pass-happy Chiefs. He got only 23 yards on 11 carries Sunday. He also has some history with a troubling ankle, but this will hopefully pass quickly.