Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy set to rise up all-time rushing list

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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will pass some all-time greats in career rushing yards during the upcoming 2018 season.

It sure is nice to enter another season with LeSean McCoy on the Buffalo Bills.

With so many questions on offense, no one has to worry about the running back position as the veteran remains a reliable runner in what will be his 10th NFL season.

He sent out this tweet earlier today:

McCoy enters the season with 10,092 career rushing yards and while 12,000 is his goal, there is still a ways to go until that point.

As his quest continues, I thought it would be interesting to see who he is set to pass on the all-time rushing list this season, given he plays to his normal averages.

Right in front of McCoy at No. 28 overall in NFL history is Ottis Anderson, who finished his career with 10,273 rushing yards. Ahead of Anderson is Eddie George, who retired with 10,441 yards. Eight yards ahead of him is Tiki Barber.

McCoy should pass all three of these players rather quickly in 2018, hopefully before the team squares off against the New England Patriots in Week 8 on a Monday night.

The goal for McCoy this year should be to end with at least 11,000 career rushing yards. Getting to that mark would put him at No. 22 overall, right in front of Warrick Dunn and behind O.J. Simpson. The latter sits at 11,236 career yards.

McCoy’s career high in a single season came in 2013 when he finished with 1,607 rushing yards. That type of year in 2018 would get him close to passing Fred Taylor, who sits at No. 17 overall with 11,695.

Past Taylor is where the 12,000 club comes into play, beginning with Bills legend Thurman Thomas who finished with 12,074 career rushing yards. McCoy could approach that mark near the end of the 2019 season if he remains healthy, and it would be awesome for him to do it in Buffalo.

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There is still a long way to go for McCoy to pass all these players, but it is fun to keep this in mind throughout the season. Every big game will see him moving up the list, approaching his ultimate goal of 12,000 yards.