Buffalo Bills: 4 realistic expectations for the Bills in 2018

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LeSean McCoy finishes with at least 1,000 rushing yards

LeSean McCoy enters the 2018 season with 10,092 career rushing yards. This comes after he has already compiled 3,330 rushing yards in three seasons with the Bills.

Let’s be clear. There is still a legal situation surrounding McCoy that could lead to some sort of suspension. But right now, he is in the clear to play. So we will continue to treat his situation as such until there is a change, if there ever is one at all.

McCoy finishing with at least 1,000 yards should be an expectation for the veteran every season. But there are some doubters out there now that he is 30 years old.

McCoy has finished with at least 1,000 rushing yards in six of his nine seasons. One year he did not was his rookie season, while the other two were years in which he only appeared in 12 games. So given he is healthy and isn’t dealing with any outside issues, he needs to get to 1,000 yards for the offense to have any success this year.

The good news is that Chris Ivory is here as a backup and Marcus Murphy is having a solid preseason, which should mean he earns some regular playing time this year.

Even then, the offense will flow through McCoy. Whoever ends up playing quarterback will be inexperienced as a starter in the NFL and will rely upon the veteran in the backfield to carry the load and bring stability to the offense.