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LeSean McCoy expects to be in same role as last year: “I’m a dominant player”

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He told The Buffalo News Wednesday that he fully expects to continue as the Bills' starting running back, a role he has held since joining the team in a 2015 trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

 


"In this league, in general, it's always competition," McCoy, who turns 31 in July and is entering the final year of his contract, said after the second day of practice at the Bills' mandatory minicamp. "I'm a type of guy, I thrive off of having a big name. So when guys come to my team, they're curious to see, 'How is LeSean McCoy? Is he still a good player?' I mean, I'm a dominant player. I think that speaks for itself. But I'll be in the same role as last year. And I look forward to putting some numbers up and bouncing back from that last season."

In 14 games, including 13 as a starter, he finished with a career-low 514 yards and three touchdowns on 161 carries. That gave him 3.2 yards per carry, also a career low. Asked why his production slumped so badly and if his health was an issue, McCoy said, "I mean, there were some games I wasn't right, but overall, it just didn't work. I'll just leave it at that. But I look forward to bouncing back this year.”

 

I think that, if I was the GM or the coach, you have two 30-year-old running backs, so you've got to eventually prepare for the future, that's normal, I would do that," McCoy said. "But there were so many requests for trades for me, people were trying to get me, (the Bills) didn't make a move. This team here wouldn't make a move. That shows confidence in that.



"I play with confidence, so I don't let stuff like that move me. The guys in the room, that's going to help us out. Like Frank, I'm sure, he'll help us out. He'll get some play, he'll make some plays. With the rookie, you know, we'll try to fit them in there. But I expect to be the main workhorse."

https://buffalonews.com/2019/06/12/buffalo-bills-lesean-mccoy-frank-gore-nfl-football/

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I really hope he has a bounce back year...one because it will help our Bills.  The other, maybe he hits on some bonuses because he will need them for Lawyer fees....he has a crazy ex.

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What he should of said...

 

I’m not as explosive as I was but Frank’s like 40 years old. I look quick next to him.

 

We keep telling the rookie the wrong formations and I continue to show him how to hold the ball like a loaf of bread. 

 

 

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i'm expecting slightly above average.....his dominant days are behind him.

 

excited to see him behind this new O-line

 

he is my favorite player at post game presser....refreshingly honest.

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17 minutes ago, aristocrat said:

He's got something to prove and the line should improve.  He's gonna bounce back 

 

bounce off the line on the first 2 carries of the game, and head for the sidelines, and kind of disappear for the rest of the game?

 

 

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Just now, row_33 said:

 

bounce off the line on the first 2 carries of the game, and head for the sidelines, and kind of disappear for the rest of the game?

 

 

 1100 yards, 400 rec yards. something like that

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30 minutes ago, YoloinOhio said:

Interesting that he said “there were so many requests for trades for me” ... 

 

...LOL....dominant or dormant??............

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40 minutes ago, papazoid said:

 

he is my favorite player at post game presser....refreshingly honest.

 

He is. When Shady sucks he owns his sucking. 

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It appears from the interviews given by McCoy and Gore that they look forward to being teammates and helping each other reach career milestones. I'm hoping that translate into a very successful running attack for the Bills this season. 

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Meh...what else can he say at this point?  Frank Gore had a better year with a worse O-line.  Now he's going to split his touches with Gore and possibly a rookie.

 

If there was more than 1 trade offer on the table, the Bills would have dealt him.  31 year old with 1 year left on his contract and multiple teams are offering something for him?  Of course they would deal him.  McCoy's channeling Greggo with that BS...

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1 hour ago, Royale with Cheese said:

I really hope he has a bounce back year...one because it will help our Bills.  The other, maybe he hits on some bonuses because he will need them for Lawyer fees....he has a crazy ex.

 

The ex isn't an issue anymore.  And they don't have a kid together. 

 

2 minutes ago, Mr. WEO said:

Meh...what else can he say at this point?  Frank Gore had a better year with a worse O-line.  Now he's going to split his touches with Gore and possibly a rookie.

 

If there was more than 1 trade offer on the table, the Bills would have dealt him.  31 year old with 1 year left on his contract and multiple teams are offering something for him?  Of course they would deal him.  McCoy's channeling Greggo with that BS...

 

This is just flat out wrong.  Miami was ranked 14th.  The Bills were 30th.

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I think last year was more of a reflection on our historically poor Offensive Line. We replaced one of the best run blockers in the NFL in Incognito with one of the worst. He was also our only good run blocker. To me, Shady’s lack of output looked mostly due to the horrendous line and running more timid, not so much due to a physical decline. The OL has more to prove than Shady.

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3 minutes ago, Troll Toll said:

I think last year was more of a reflection on our historically poor Offensive Line. We replaced one of the best run blockers in the NFL in Incognito with one of the worst. He was also our only good run blocker. To me, Shady’s lack of output looked mostly due to the horrendous line and running more timid, not so much due to a physical decline. The OL has more to prove than Shady.

 

It was a combination of things.  Wood's sudden retirement hurt, but they could at least plan for it and they added Bodine.  Had he played next to Richie, it wouldn't have been nearly as bad.  But Richie went crazy after the best FA's were gone and the Bills were stuck.  That had an effect on Dawkins, while the right side was a mess all along.

 

 

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1 hour ago, YoloinOhio said:

Interesting that he said “there were so many requests for trades for me” ... 

Of course. Who wouldn’t want an over the hill RB, who had a huge statistical decline, and is paid pretty handsomely for a RB? I’m sure teams were lining up. 

29 minutes ago, Marv's Neighbor said:

I hope that this season Shady understands that he HAS to run N-S.  He can't seem to do those "shady" sharp cuts anymore.

I lost count of the amount of times I wanted to hit my head against the wall watching him run last season. 

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9 minutes ago, Doc said:

 

It was a combination of things.  Wood's sudden retirement hurt, but they could at least plan for it and they added Bodine.  Had he played next to Richie, it wouldn't have been nearly as bad.  But Richie went crazy after the best FA's were gone and the Bills were stuck.  That had an effect on Dawkins, while the right side was a mess all along.

 

 

 

Rookie QB, pair of lousy centers... pretty good recipe for bad protection.  Asking a lot of a 22 year old QB to set protections on his own.

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1 minute ago, dneveu said:

Rookie QB, pair of lousy centers... pretty good recipe for bad protection.  Asking a lot of a 22 year old QB to set protections on his own.

 

Yep.  Although again I think Bodine would have been fine with RI next to him.  The OG situation definitely hurt him as well.

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32 minutes ago, Mr. WEO said:

Meh...what else can he say at this point?  Frank Gore had a better year with a worse O-line.  Now he's going to split his touches with Gore and possibly a rookie.

 

If there was more than 1 trade offer on the table, the Bills would have dealt him.  31 year old with 1 year left on his contract and multiple teams are offering something for him?  Of course they would deal him.  McCoy's channeling Greggo with that BS...

You love spinning false narratives, don't you?

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I've become a big McCoy fan, and I'm really glad to see this.   He says what has seemed apparent to me, which is that the Bills value him a lot more than many people around here.  

 

There are a couple of important points here.  First, Shady must have a good deal left in the tank, because (1) teams have contacted the Bills trying to get him and (2) the Bills wouldn't deal him.  

 

Second, last season's numbers weren't about McCoy having lost a step or anything like that.   This quote says it all, between the lines:  " "I mean, there were some games I wasn't right, but overall, it just didn't work. I'll just leave it at that."  That is certainly the way it looked.   He had no place to run for pretty much the entire season, and he isn't a guy who's going to make holes were there are none.   He needs some space to work with. 

 

One reason I like Shady so much, and a big reason he's still in Buffalo, is that he is 100% team guy.   He doesn't talk much about himself or his production.   He didn't complain at all last season about how little help he was getting.   Even here, all he would say is "it didn't work" and "let's leave it at that."   Half of the offensive linemen he might like to complain about aren't even on the team any more, but he still won't throw them under the bus.  It means he understands it's a team game, and he understands how good teammates behave.  

 

 I take "it didn't work" to mean that he knows that McD and Daboll agree that McCoy's lack of production last season wasn't about McCoy.  

 

And I love that McCoy understands that his team has to be preparing for life without him.  

 

I really like how the Bills are positioned at running back for 2019.  I'm particularly excited about Singletary, because his running style is so much like Shady's.  If the Bills can get the oline right right for Shady, Singletary will do some real damage spelling Shady.   And Gore and Yeldon can do the heavier pounding.  

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47 minutes ago, Marv's Neighbor said:

I hope that this season Shady understands that he HAS to run N-S.  He can't seem to do those "shady" sharp cuts anymore.

This simply makes no sense whatsoever.   

 

First, watching him last season it was obvious he CAN make those "Shady" cuts.  He just needs some room to make them.  

 

But more importantly, it's fool hardy to expect any guy in the NFL to be an effective player in the league by abandoning what made him effective or better and still be effective doing something else.  Shady is NEVER going to be the north-south runner Gore became - he doesn't have the body and it isn't his style.  

 

If Shady can't be the old Shady, he isn't going to see a lot of snaps.  The Bills obviously think he still is the old Shady.  

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9 minutes ago, Shaw66 said:

This simply makes no sense whatsoever.   

 

First, watching him last season it was obvious he CAN make those "Shady" cuts.  He just needs some room to make them.  

 

But more importantly, it's fool hardy to expect any guy in the NFL to be an effective player in the league by abandoning what made him effective or better and still be effective doing something else.  Shady is NEVER going to be the north-south runner Gore became - he doesn't have the body and it isn't his style.  

 

If Shady can't be the old Shady, he isn't going to see a lot of snaps.  The Bills obviously think he still is the old Shady.  

 

Perfectly said!

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1 hour ago, row_33 said:

 

bounce off the line on the first 2 carries of the game, and head for the sidelines, and kind of disappear for the rest of the game?

 

 

He actually looked as dynamic as ever on receiving plays. I don't think people really realize yet how bad the Bills' run blocking was last season. It was historically awful - the worst I've ever seen in my years of watching the Bills going back to around 1973.

1 hour ago, Mr. WEO said:

Meh...what else can he say at this point?  Frank Gore had a better year with a worse O-line.  Now he's going to split his touches with Gore and possibly a rookie.

 

If there was more than 1 trade offer on the table, the Bills would have dealt him.  31 year old with 1 year left on his contract and multiple teams are offering something for him?  Of course they would deal him.  McCoy's channeling Greggo with that BS...

You are WAY, WAY off here. The Bills' line play on running plays was the worst I've ever seen by a Buffalo unit, and that encompasses a lot of bad teams over the decades. Anyone who thinks the Bills had better run blocking than Miami last season wasn't watching football. 

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