Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy pegged as lock for Hall of Fame

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Buffalo Bills fans have not seen much from LeSean McCoy in 2018, but that doesn’t change the fact he is among the best to ever play the game.

LeSean McCoy has had a rough year. To be fair, so has the entire Buffalo Bills team.

McCoy currently has 479 rushing yards this year, which puts him second behind Josh Allen for the team lead in that category.

McCoy has played in 12 games but has left several early due to injury. Still, his lack of production has been alarming.

That is why some may be surprised when reminded that oh yeah, McCoy is likely headed to the NFL Hall of Fame after his career is over.

Former NFL great Maurice Jones-Drew writes for NFL.com now and ranks the top running backs in the league every week. He begins every ranking with some thoughts on a topic, and this week was on active running backs likely headed for enshrinement.

Here is what he had to say about McCoy, who was one of his locks:

"Playing for the Bills in his 10th NFL season, McCoy, 30, was one of the best running backs in the league for several years. His elusiveness and catching ability make him a nightmare to tackle, and he’s often been his team’s offensive centerpiece. Along with making the postseason three times with the Eagles, the six-time Pro Bowler was a major reason Buffalo ended its 17-year playoff drought in 2017. Shady also has the numbers to earn football immortality, with more than 10,000 rushing yards."

McCoy currently sits at No. 26 overall in NFL history with 10,571 rushing yards, and could easily move up to at least No. 24 overall if he plays on Sunday. And given he plays several more years, he should easily eclipse that 12,000-yard mark and move into legendary company.

Being elite for a decade is hard at any position, let alone for a running back. That is why the Bills may not be panicking this season about McCoy’s performance. It can be viewed as simply a down year with the expectation that McCoy will get back to normal next year. Having some talent at quarterback helps the cause too.

When Nathan Peterman and Derek Anderson were starting, defenses could basically focus all the attention on stopping McCoy.

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McCoy is a living legend and still has the chance to add to his career totals throughout the final three games.