LeSean McCoy feels confident that he can have an even better 2017 campaign and will continue to put the Buffalo Bills in playoff contention.
There’s no way around it, LeSean McCoy put on an impressive show in 2016 and helped lead the Buffalo Bills to their second consecutive rushing title. He will look to continue his impressive play this season, despite critics saying he might be getting too old.
To those critics, I say they’re ridiculous.
Usually, analysts say 27 years old is the peak and everything after that is a downfall for a running back in the NFL. Well, at 27 years old, LeSean McCoy rushed for 895 yards in 2015 — his second fewest since his rookie season. Did his numbers drop last season, one year older?
No. In fact, they skyrocketed. He not only rushed for almost 400 yards more, but added 10 more touchdowns, a one-yard increase in his yards-per-carry and no lost fumbles. AND he did it all with just 34 more carries between the two seasons.
LeSean McCoy Player Profile
Weight: 215 pounds
Age: 28 years old
Drafted: 2nd Round, 53rd (2009 by PHI)
Joined the Buffalo Bills in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for Kiko Alonso.
Current Contract: 5-year, $40 million
2017 Base Salary: $6.0 million
2017 Cap Hit: $8.875 million
2016 Stats (BUF): 15 games, 234 carries, 1,267 yards, 13 touchdowns, 5.4 avg., 55 first downs
2015 Stats (BUF): 12 games, 2013 carries, 895 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4.4 avg., 42 first downs
Career Stats (8 seasons): 117 games, 1,898 attempts, 8,954 yards, 60 touchdowns, 4.7 avg., 448 first downs
2017 Prediction: 248 carries, 1,346 yards, 9 touchdowns, 4.9 avg., 62 first downs
5x Pro Bowl, 2x First-Team All-Pro
"“Hanging around Buffalo, there are times where I hang out on the weekends here, you know? Where before, every chance I got, I tried to leave and get out of here. Even just like family members coming up.“You go from a place where you’re always there to somewhere else, you’ve got to adjust and adapt, and I’ve done that. This is like home to me.”"
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