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RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

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

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General News (Fri Feb 2): was a trade target of the Philadelphia Eagles through back-channel intermediaries, according to sources. The Eagles offered a package of players that included then-Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

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Recent Stats and Projections

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17 at MIA 29 11 10 0 3 2 22 0 0 3.2
18 at JAX 57 19 75 0 8 6 44 0 0 11.9

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 18 vs JAX (19 / 75 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy suited up against Jacksonville after being a limited participant in practice late in the week with a sprained ankle. McCoy was handled with kid gloves early, rotating with Mike Tolbert, but did not appear limited in his play by the ankle injury. McCoy's best success came on interior runs where Buffalo's offense found its best success against the strong Jacksonville defense. McCoy was able to get loose for a big catch and run in the second half that had the potential to be a scoring drive, but the play was called back on a hold by Deonte Thompson on what was likely an inconsequential block. McCoy was arguably the most important non-QB to a team's offense in the NFL this season, and has not shown to be slowing down entering his age 30 season.

2017 Week 17 vs MIA (11 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy suffered a sprained ankle against Miami. X-Rays were reported negative during the game, but he did not return to the game. McCoy was featured early, but found little room to run, particularly on first down when Miami crowded the box. When McCoy was able to get room to run he was elusive, particularly in the receiving game. McCoy ran very hard during the game, and at points it was to his detriment as he reversed course and lost yardage. McCoy's totals are down from other seasons, but it is hard to overstate how important he has been in key situations for Buffalo's offense throughout the season.

2017 Week 16 vs NE (17 / 71 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was an early focus of the Buffalo offense with runs of eight and nine yards on the first drive. McCoy found his best success up the middle and on the left side of the line. He was involved in the red zone, with carries in the red zone and a target, but was unable to score a touchdown. McCoy was elusive, including a 39-yard reception that showcased the best of McCoy's elusiveness. McCoy was spelled by Mike Tolbert in odd places, including a spread set where Tolbert recorded a drop at a key point in the second half. McCoy had conversions in key spots, but Buffalo did not get McCoy the ball enough in the most important spots of a key game.

2017 Week 15 vs MIA (20 / 50 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)

LeSean McCoy had a high-volume but low efficiency day against the Dolphins. He touched the ball 24 times with 20 rushes and 4 receptions, but only totaled 96 yards. McCoy scored two touchdowns which buoyed his fantasy day. His first was a rushing touchdown on a red zone carry up the middle. The second was a pass where McCoy was split into the slot. He ran a wheel route with the benefit of a rub from Charles Clay to get him open for the score. McCoy was shaken up in the first half and he needed the trainers to help him off the field, but he returned a play later and saw no limitation. McCoy struggled to find running room as the Miami front overmatched the Buffalo line for the better part of the game.

2017 Week 14 vs IND (32 / 156 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy shined on heavy volume in a game played close to the line of scrimmage because of the weather. McCoy was elusive and able to cut laterally despite the game being played in the equivalent of a snowbank. There was little disguising that Buffalo was going to run, and McCoy maintained heavy volume, and was able to capitalize with big runs. McCoy was able to gash the Colts defense on successive carries at the end of the first half for 23 and 25 yards to set up Buffalo's touchdown. The Buffalo offense struggled to create room on the ground in the second half with little threat to pass, but were able to mount a drive in overtime, where McCoy broke through a big interior hole for a game winning touchdown.

2017 Week 13 vs NE (15 / 93 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was the early beneficiary of running room against New England's defense, particularly in runs up the middle. McCoy had 10 of his 15 carries in the first half, and Buffalo was able to get a rhythm going early while maintaining run favorable game script. McCoy was less used in the second half as New England scored at the end of the second quarter and early in the third quarter to put Buffalo behind. McCoy did have a drop in the passing game, and was targeted near the goal line on a ball he caught but could not extend across the line to gain. The running game was non-existent on Buffalo's goal line opportunities. McCoy did cede more work to Travaris Cadet than he previously lost to Mike Tolbert, both in the passing and running game, but McCoy remained a high usage player in the offense.

2017 Week 12 vs KC (22 / 49 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was largely held in check by Kansas City's defense. He had a 14-yard run where he hurdled a defender, and later had an 11-yard carry where he flashed his explosiveness. The rest of the running attempts, McCoy was largely held in check by packed boxes. The beginning of the game started with runs to the right side of the line which was largely ineffective. McCoy's successes came on runs up the middle later in the game. McCoy continued to function as a key to the passing game, in both screen plays and check down options by Tyrod Taylor. McCoy continued to see his season long trend of heavy usage, but was unable to spring any large gains with the defense focusing so heavily on McCoy, and the offense unable to scare defenses out of packed boxes.

2017 Week 11 vs LAC (13 / 114 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 1 rec)

McCoy was the lone consistent bright spot for the Buffalo offense in the blowout loss to the Chargers. While McCoy saw only 14 touches, he optimized his opportunities with three rushes of at least 25 yards and a beautiful corner route touchdown reception on his lone target. McCoy also had a 10-yard rush called back by penalty. McCoy scored his rushing touchdown from long distance, but failed to convert his lone goal line carry for a potential third overall touchdown. With Buffalo's defense reeling and the offensive line struggling in pass protection, game script is a limiting element to McCoy the rest of the season outside of overt matchups.

2017 Week 10 vs NO (8 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

McCoy was involved early in the game on a well-designed misdirection play that got McCoy to the edge of the New Orleans defense for a 36-yard gain. McCoy was used in the passing game to stretch the boundaries, but found little room to move outside of his long carry. McCoy was limited by horrible game script for the second consecutive week, as Buffalo fell behind early, and saw few sustained opportunities on offense. McCoy did fumble in the game, and Buffalo was fortunate that Dion Dawkins recovered the fumble.

2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (12 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy had his worst day of the season with 12 carries for only 25 yards. McCoy was limited the Jets' defensive line which largely dominated the Buffalo offensive line. Buffalo fell behind early in the game, and was forced to throw a season high 40 times. McCoy was held to no catches, but drew an illegal contact by Jamal Adams on a slant and go. The play would have been a 35-yard touchdown had Jamal Adams not held up McCoy. His only other target was a ball in the flat in the red zone that he should have caught. If McCoy had caught the ball, he had an angle to get to the end zone for a touchdown. McCoy was spelled by Mike Tolbert in the second half as Buffalo was down by four scores, and did not need to put McCoy at risk.

2017 Week 8 vs OAK (27 / 151 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 22 / 0 rec)

Buffalo continued last week's trend of man blocking on interior runs, and was successful in opening holes for LeSean McCoy. McCoy benefited from positive game script in a game where Buffalo was forcing turnovers (4) and scored a touchdown on defense. McCoy was elusive in the game, and made multiple runs where he cut to open holes in the line to get into the second level. The volume paid off as McCoy sealed the game on his 27th carry with a 48-yard touchdown where he broke through a stacked box for a clear runway to the end zone. In earlier weeks, the Bills could not open holes against stacked fronts, but have had success in the past two weeks. McCoy was used in the red zone but was stopped on three straight carries inside the five-yard line, before Tyrod Taylor scored on a quarterback sneak on fourth down. In earlier weeks, Mike Tolbert saw those carries, but McCoy remained in the goal line package for the second straight week. McCoy's passing game involvement was primarily on dump off passes, and screens into the flat.

2017 Week 7 vs TB (23 / 91 / 2 rush, 7 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy scored his first two touchdowns of the season against Tampa Bay, both of which were red zone runs. The first was a one-yard carry that was set up by a Mike Tolbert run. The second touchdown was a game tying seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. McCoy had more room to run in the game than in earlier weeks, and benefitted from the return of LT Cordy Glenn. McCoy had better opportunities to the left side of the line than in prior weeks, including a 23-yard gain on a toss to the left. Both of McCoy's touchdowns were red zone carries, in situations where Mike Tolbert had been used in prior games. McCoy was also targeted on an incomplete pass near the goal line. McCoy continued to be a solid option in the passing game, with five catches on seven targets for 31 yards. Announcer Daryl Johnston made mention during the game of a meeting the team had about running game strategy during their bye week. Buffalo incorporated more man blocking schemes in this game which McCoy capitalized on, including his second touchdown. McCoy continued to have a clear workload that is only limited by brief rests, and Mike Tolbert short yardage and red zone carries.

2017 Week 5 vs CIN (19 / 63 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 26 / 0 rec)

Buffalo's offensive line created some running room for McCoy in this game, particularly in plays behind pulling LG Richie Incognito. However, there were too many defenders near the line of scrimmage for McCoy to have any regular success on the ground. Buffalo has no ability to scare defenses down the field, so defenders are free to crowd the line to contain McCoy. McCoy had 25 touches, but the approach limited him to 89 total yards. McCoy did have a carry of 44 yards, however, the play was called back by a holding penalty against TE Logan Thomas. Buffalo's offense never got inside the Cincinnati 10-yard line to establish any goal line trends. McCoy was targeted a team high 9 times, and aligned in the formation where he ran routes on multiple occasions. McCoy fumbled once but the ball was recovered by Buffalo. McCoy remained in the game and his workload was not limited by the fumble.

2017 Week 4 vs ATL (20 / 76 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy benefitted from Buffalo's focus on running behind the right side of the offensive line. Last week, Buffalo tried to run to the left side of the line, but struggled behind LT Dion Dawkins who is filling in for injured LT Cordy Glenn. Against Atlanta, Buffalo ran to the right side frequently and the line opened solid running room for McCoy. McCoy had opportunities for potential big plays, but the Atlanta defense did a good job of tackling him in one on one situations, particularly Safety Keanu Neal. McCoy saw 20 carries for 78 yards, while adding three catches for 32 yards. McCoy was held scoreless but did get two carries inside the Atlanta 10-yard line, in an area where Mike Tolbert had carries in prior weeks. McCoy was seen stretching his left leg on the sideline with the assistance of a trainer during the game, but he did not miss any significant time during the game.

2017 Week 3 vs DEN (14 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy carried 14 times for only 21 yards, but added seven catches for 48 yards on a team high seven targets. McCoy was hurt by the left side of the Bills offensive line as LT Dion Dawkins has struggled in replacing injured Cordy Glenn. McCoy set up the first Buffalo touchdown with a four-yard run to set up a first and goal from the Denver two-yard line. McCoy was replaced by Mike Tolbert, who was stopped on a first down carry and then dropped a second down target in the end zone. While McCoy's overall numbers were limited, his impact on the game is hard to overstate. He converted two third downs on the Bills fourth quarter scoring drive. The first was a target in the flat where he made multiple defenders miss, and the second was a toss on third and two setting Buffalo up with first and goal. McCoy continued his high usage in this game, but his rushing opportunities are hindered by the offensive line play and Tolbert's red zone usage.

2017 Week 2 vs CAR (12 / 9 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy had little room to run on the day finishing with nine yards on 12 carries. McCoy faced eight-man boxes with regularity, particularly when the Bills lined up in 12 personnel. The left side of the offensive line struggled, with LT Cordy Glenn leaving the game with an ankle injury and being replaced by rookie Dion Dawkins. McCoy was an asset in the passing game and on two occasions had nice runs after the catch while forcing Carolina LB Luke Kuechly to miss tackles. He led the team with seven targets, and caught six receptions for 34 yards. Like last week, McCoy appeared to be in pain in his hand at the end of the third quarter, but returned for the next play at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (22 / 110 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

LeSean McCoy was the focal point of the Buffalo Bills offense from the start. He had 27 touches, and produced big plays in both the running and passing game. Those included three carries over 20 yards and receptions of 18 and 21 yards. McCoy got some good blocking against the Jets' defensive line, and capitalized with runs into the second level, showing off his elusiveness. The key question for McCoy from the game is his goal line usage. On two red zone trips, the Bills threw for two one-yard touchdowns, and on a third, the Tyrod Taylor threw an interception on a pass intended for Charles Clay. McCoy appeared heading for a scoring opportunity in the fourth quarter when he carried the ball from the four-yard line down to the one-yard line on first and goal. However, McCoy ran off the field holding his hand and was replaced by Mike Tolbert, who scored a one-yard rushing touchdown on second down. While the box score may show what appears to show Tolbert vulture a touchdown from McCoy, it is notable that McCoy was running inside the five before his injury. McCoy returned to the game on the next series and showed no ill effects from the injury.

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Bills | Less shotgun for LeSean McCoy (Mon Feb 12, 04:31 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy saw a career-low in percentage of carries from the shotgun formation last season (17%). Interestingly, that percentage has decreased in each of his last five years. Furthermore, his yards per carry and yards after contact were also the lowest of his nine-year career.

Our View: We'll see if the Bills offense continues this trend in 2018. The Bills hired Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to take over after moving on from their 2017 OC Rick Dennison.
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