Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy projected to be the team’s 2018 MVP

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A recent ESPN article went through and projected MVPs for each NFL team in 2018. The player chosen for the Buffalo Bills was an easy pick.

The Buffalo Bills were a star-studded team a few decades ago thanks to the likes of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and others taking the franchise to new heights.

Since then, the team has not exactly been a home for the top stars of the NFL. Aside from that one special season of Terrell Owens of course.

This changed a bit back in 2015 when LeSean McCoy made his Buffalo debut. He has already racked up 3,330 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns in his three years with the team.

McCoy is the focal point of the offense due to the fact the team still has questions at the quarterback position. That led to the running back being chosen as the team’s MVP in an early projection done by the NFL writers at ESPN.com.

McCoy is the easy choice given the quarterback situation. Until one player stands out as the clear option moving forward, fans will be looking at the run game as a way to keep things moving on offense.

The only concern is that McCoy is entering his tenth NFL season which is an eternity in NFL years. He is also dealing with some new faces along his offensive line. That is also a problem for whoever lines up at quarterback.

My particular choice for team MVP, or rather team MIP with the “I” standing for important, is whoever ends up being the starting quarterback. This team is going nowhere without competent quarterback play, and Brandon Beane may have tied his job security to the play of both AJ McCarron and Josh Allen. Or at least one of the two succeeding.

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Opposing defenses will easily gameplan for McCoy if the quarterback isn’t a threat, diminishing the impact of the great running back. So not to panic, but everything could be thrown off if McCarron and Allen play poorly in 2018.