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RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

5-11, 198Born: 7-12-1988College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): McCoy is basically all the Bills offense has right now, which is a position you never want your running back to be in. The firing of the offensive coordinator for the running back coach to be promoted could help McCoy, although Anthony Lynn oversaw RBBC backfield for his whole tenure in New York with the Jets before coming to Buffalo. McCoy has a lower weekly ceiling until Buffalo's offense improves, and that might not happen in 2016.

Week 3: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. LeSean McCoy scored the only TD that Buffalo managed in Week One, punching in 16/58/1 rushing and seeing four targets for 4/12/0 receiving at Baltimore. Reggie Bush had 3/-4/0 rushing and one target for zero receptions - against the Jets' outstanding defensive front, things went even worse for the Bills. McCoy had no TDs last week (15/59/0 rushing with 4/31/0 receiving), while Bush didn't appear in the box score. Mike Gillislee did find the end zone with one target for 1/18/1 receiving, but overall it was a lack-luster day for the team's rushing attack (19/86/0 rushing for the Bills as a team). The Cardinals deflated the Buccaneers' offense in Week Two, holding them to a single TD and just 21/85/0 rushing during the contest. New England did manage to get over 100 yards rushing in the regular season opener, but averaged 3.4 yards per carry on the way there, with 31/106/1 rushing as a team. To date, the Cardinals average 95.5 rushing yards allowed per game (11th in the NFL) with run rushing score given up to date, while checking in at sixth-least fantasy points allowed per game to opposing running backs so far this year, averaging 12.9 allowed per contest. Any way you slice it, the Cardinals are hard-nosed in this phase of th game. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at BAL 42 16 58 1 4 4 12 0 0 13
2 vs NYJ 49 15 59 0 5 4 31 0 0 9
3 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 19 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (15 / 59 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was the only Bills' RB that had a carry against the Jets. And, other than a late 4th quarter target (which was turned into a TD), McCoy was also the only RB to be targeted for a pass. The Bills are part of that shrinking group of teams that avoid running by committee. It's easy to see why McCoy is trusted. Considering how many Bills' running plays start with a defender in the backfield, it is impressive how many carries do not involve significant loss of yardage because of McCoy's elusiveness. McCoy is very effective coming out of the backfield running routes as well. On the other hand, it is obvious that the Bills still need a back that can push the pile to supplement McCoy; multiple conversions failed with less than 1 yard to go. E.J. Manuel even came into the game twice to QB sneak because of McCoy's inability to get the short, hard yards. McCoy, a veteran, also made a rookie mistake at the end of the first half. With around 30 seconds remaining, he stayed in bounds to pick up an extra yard instead of getting out of bounds. This caused the Bills to spike the ball on 2nd and 1 which caused the rest of the drive to fizzle. This is a mistake that no player should make.

2016 Week 1 vs BAL (16 / 58 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy is a great running back that showcases his talent every game he plays. He is a speedy, elusive runner and his ability to bounce to the outside helps him pick up massive chunks of yards. He is a threat to take it to the house every time he runs a route out of the backfield. Unfortunately, with Karlos Williams no longer on the roster, McCoy must also be the RB that runs up the middle of the field into the pile. This is not one of McCoy's strengths. Multiple times against the Ravens, McCoy decided the middle was too clogged and tried to make it to the edge instead. When this high-risk, high-reward strategy hits the risk, McCoy loses big yards. If the Bills are not able to find a between-the-tackles runner over the course of the season, McCoy will have to start taking the guaranteed 3 yard runs instead of trying to make the big plays.

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Bills | Shady McCoy scores only Buffalo TD (Mon Sep 12, 12:50 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed 16 times for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he added four receptions for 12 yards.

Our View: The Bills are going to use McCoy as the centerpiece of their offense. However, in order to win games they'll need more support from the passing game.
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Bills | LeSean McCoy finds end zone (Sun Sep 11, 04:56 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 58 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. He also caught four passes for 12 yards during the game.

Our View: McCoy was workmanlike and looked reasonably spry and effective, but the Bills offense offered nothing else to make the Ravens respect the pass. McCoy is going to be a volume RB2 going forward, but his ceiling looks a lot lower today. Next week against the Jets is very tough matchup.
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Schedule

3vs Arizona Cardinals
4@ New England Patriots
5@ Los Angeles Rams
6vs San Francisco 49ers
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs New England Patriots
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13@ Oakland Raiders
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16vs Miami Dolphins
17@ New York Jets