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RB LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): McCoy got vultured for all three touchdowns in a chain of events that didn't seem to be random. McCoy isn't an RB1 heading into the matchup against the stiff Washington run defense, and he might not even be a strong RB2 if he's not getting goal line carries.

General News (Thu Dec 18): opened practice on the sidelines Wednesday, Dec. 17, while Chris Polk opened with first-team reps. After practice McCoy did not seem too concerned. "We rotate all the time," McCoy said. "(Running backs coach Duce Staley) pulled me out. (Darren Sproles) wasn't in either." McCoy played a season-low 34 of 55 offensive snaps in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys, his fewest in two seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.

Week 16: at Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Eagles are in second place in the NFC East, one back of Dallas with two games to go - nobody has locked up the division yet, though, so this game against Washington is crucial for the Eagles, who have lost two straight games including the loss to Dallas last week. LeSean McCoy (16/64/0 rushing with 1/1/0 receiving) ran the ball pretty well against Dallas, only to have all his chances at TDs vultured by Chris Polk (2/6/2 rushing) and Darren Sproles (3/5/1 rushing with 2/8/0 receiving). McCoy is the featured back for the Eagles, but they have been increasingly giving Polk goal-line carries, dampening McCoy's fantasy football value (and Sproles has eroded his PPR value by siphoning off short catches). We'll see if McCoy can get back to scoring TDs as he did in Weeks 12 and 13 (none over the past two games). Back in Week Three the Eagles had just 25/54/0 rushing against the Washington rush D. The Washington rush D has been stonewalling some teams of late, holding New York to 22/49/0 rushing as a team last week, while allowing 20/131/0 to the Rams two contests ago. To date, Washington is ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 101.0 rushing yards allowed per game, with just eight rushing TDs given out over 14 games played. This looks like a tough matchup for the visiting Eagles.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 vs TEN 21 130 1 1 1 1 0 0
13 at DAL 25 159 1 0 0 0 0 1
14 vs SEA 17 50 0 0 0 0 0 1
15 vs DAL 16 64 0 2 1 1 0 0
16 at WAS PROJ-Dodds 18 * * 1 * * *
16 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay 19 * * 1 * * *
16 at WAS PROJ-Bloom 21 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs DAL (25 / 159 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

On McCoy's first carry of the game he was stopped for a loss of a yard as he tried to take the carry to the outside but could find no room to run. He made the best of his second carry as he found a huge running lane out to the right side for a 36 yard gain putting the ball deep into Cowboys territory. McCoy had another big run to start the second Eagles drive as he took the ball to the right side of the field and exploded through Cowboys defenders for a big 19 yard run. On the third Eagles drive McCoy started it with 2 and 9 yard gains picking up an Eagles first down. McCoy later had a 7 yard run to move the ball to the Cowboys 13 yard line. On the next drive McCoy started it with a 6 yard loss as he got hit immediately and could not find any space to run. McCoy got slowed down a little at the end of the first half as he ran for 9, 4, 1, and another 1 yard gain but did enough to help get the ball deep into Cowboys territory and kick an easy field goal. McCoy had back to back chances inside the Cowboys 5 yard line but could only run for a single yard both times and once again showed some struggles at getting the ball over the goal line in goal line situations. McCoy started the second half off with a fumble as he was trying to go up the field and after hurdling over his own offensive tackle the ball hit his back and the ball came out of his arms for the fumble. He more than made up for the fumble on the Eagles next possession as he had a strong 7 yard run to the left side and then had the homerun type of run to end the drive with a 38 yard touchdown run. McCoy was dynamic on the touchdown run as he just flew through the initial tackles and made defenders miss and then outraced the last couple of defenders into the endzone. On the next drive McCoy came out with runs of 5,4, and 3 yards just pushing the pile on each of the three runs and then gave way to Chris Polk for some work. McCoy came back later in the drive and had a strong burst on a 9 yard run straight up the middle. He had another 6 yard run where it looked to be another fumble for McCoy but the play was challenged and the call was reversed as McCoy was down by contact before the ball came out.

2014 Week 14 vs SEA (17 / 50 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Following a fumbled punt from the Seahawks the Eagles were set up with some nice field positioning at the Seahawks 14 yard line. As a result McCoy was given the ball 4 or the 6 plays that the Eagles ran plays as he ran for 6, 1, 2, and another 2 yards to get the ball to the 1 yard line. In that mix of runs McCoy had a powerful 6 yard run to start things out breaking forward through the tackles while taking a punishment at the end. He also picked up a first down on a 4th and 1 and rushed for 2 yards on the play. McCoy had a nice misdirection run for a 10 yard run and a first down as he slipped his way through Seahawks defenders. The Eagles continued to try to run their up tempo offense and handed the ball off to McCoy for a 3 yard gain and then followed that up with a 2 yard lose as the Seahawks run defense collapsed on him and smothered him with very little room to move. On the next drive the Eagles went back to the ground game handing the ball off to McCoy 4 straight times for gains of 4, 4, 5 and another 4 yard gain. It was a series of runs where McCoy found his most open space on the day but still had little room after he made his first cut and was tackled before he could break a big play. Trailing 10-7 entering the second half, McCoy took the first play of scrimmage and fumbled the ball giving the ball back to the Seahawks and led to a 2 play touchdown drive for the them. McCoy continued to try to find room to run but was limited to 3 and 4 yard carries.

2014 Week 15 vs DAL (16 / 64 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

McCoy's first carry went for 3 yards as he moved the pile forward for only a few yards. On the second Eagles possession McCoy saw back to back carries for a loss of a yard and then went for 5 yards as he found a hole up the middle. McCoy had a nice 14 yard run up the middle and followed it up with another 7 yard gain on a hard run up the middle once again to give the Eagles some momentum going forward. McCoy had back to back carries of 7 and 5 yards as he shifted his way up the middle and then out to the right to pick up the first down. McCoy saw back to back runs after a Tony Romo fumble and ran for 6 yards and then again for 3 yards getting the ball down to the Cowboys 1 yard line. It was a bit of an unfortunate day for McCoy all around as he kept missing out on goal line carries and was sniped on three short touchdown runs by Chris Polk twice and then by Darren Sproles on a 1 yard touchdown run. On the Sproles touchdown run McCoy took one for the team and set a very nice block to allow Sproles to slip into the endzone. McCoy had a strong 7 yard run early in the 4th quarter.

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Latest News

Eagles | Chris Polk the goal-line back? (Thu Dec 18, 01:18 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short rushing touchdowns. On another snap inside the five-yard line, RB Darren Sproles took the ball for a TD. The Eagles have struggled in the red zone this year, and they think Polk's size and power gives him an advantage at the goal line. “Some of the short-yardage stuff, Polk’s obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they’ve been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game,” RB LeSean McCoy said. McCoy has 10 carries inside the five-yard line this year and has three touchdowns.

Our View: McCoy has been unimpressive much of this season and after back to back 100 yard games in Weeks 12 and 13, he's back below 70 for two straight games. As he's only seen 4 touchdowns this year, it's not s shock Polk is getting red zone looks which limits McCoy considerably. We think McCoy has one of his better games against a poor Washington team, so he remains an RB1, but he is unlikely to score a touchdown this week again. Polk only seems to get touchdowns but inconsistently. He might see another one this week, but it's hard to count on it. As that's the case, he's nothing more than a deep hail mary in the neighborhood of a RB5.
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Eagles | Shady opens practice on sidelines (Thu Dec 18, 12:56 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy opened practice on the sidelines Wednesday, Dec. 17, while RB Chris Polk opened with first-team reps. After practice McCoy did not seem too concerned. 'We rotate all the time,' McCoy said. '(Running backs coach Duce Staley) pulled me out. (RB Darren Sproles) wasn't in either.' Shady played a season-low 34 of 55 offensive snaps in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys, his fewest in two seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.

Our View: We're a bit concerned about McCoy and his injury which drops him to a shaky RB2 play. Polk won't be a better start and in fact even if Polk gets most of the carries, he won't be more than a RB4.
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Eagles | LeSean McCoy takes franchise lead (Sun Dec 7, 06:49 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy passed former RB Wilbert Montgomery as the franchise all-time leading rusher in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Our View: McCoy is having an otherwise forgettable afternoon, and if the Eagles lose, he won't take any solace in this honor.
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