RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills
|5-11, 198||Born: 7-12-1988||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 2|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 15 vs WAS (10 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The Redskins' defensive line was destroying the Bills on McCoy's runs. He had a good first run but quite often McCoy was hit immediately at the line of scrimmage. When the Bills were on the Washington 1-yard line, McCoy was given the ball three consecutive times. Three consecutive times the Redskins stonewalled the runner. The majority of the blame has to go on the offensive line for getting pushed back but one would hope McCoy could make something out of nothing. On the second play of the second half, McCoy was hurt after turning a dump-off pass into eight yards. He did not come back to the game and is considered day-to-day. As the Bills have been eliminated from playoff contention, there will not be a rush to get McCoy back.
2015 Week 14 vs PHI (20 / 74 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
In his "revenge game", McCoy was everywhere. His 20 carries were by far the most by any player on either team and he was tied for second in targets for the Bills. He was hard to tackle and displayed good burst, two things we've known about McCoy for a while now. He had 22 yards brought back to penalties which when added to his stat line show some very respectable numbers against a Philadelphia defensive line that made good plays. In what was probably the most time spent on a play for the smallest gain, McCoy ran east-west for a while trying multiple times to get through a hole in the line. Each time he tried to move forward he was rebuffed so he tried a different hole. Eventually he made it to an edge and was able to cut upfield. But even McCoy could not defeat the defensive line all the time; once he was tackled after having the ball for less than a second.
2015 Week 13 vs HOU (21 / 112 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McCoy is still doing McCoy things. He is very talented at knowing when to reverse the field and his speed almost always ensures McCoy made the right decision. It happened twice against the Texans where a run going one direction for no gain suddenly became a huge gain on the other side of the play. And when McCoy does go up the gut, his quick moves in the scrum necessitate more than one defender to bring him down. The one downside to this game for McCoy was his lack of involvement in the passing game. He only received two targets with one of the plays called back for holding. However, this may actually be a positive for Tyrod Taylor as he did not feel the need for check-downs. McCoy has consistently been targeted this season so his receptions should be higher in the last few weeks.
2015 Week 12 vs KC (19 / 70 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
McCoy continues to be the best player on the field for the Bills' offense. Week after week, McCoy is fast, finds holes, and is hard to bring down. McCoy was bouncy against the Chiefs; multiple times McCoy made quick little hops to help change direction and once he hurdled a fallen lineman to pick up a chunk of yards. McCoy was decently involved in the passing game with five targets and his TD came as a receiver. On said play, McCoy made a great little move after the catch to shake the only defender between him and the endzone. The big negative of the day for McCoy was the fumble he coughed up early but it did not lead to any points for the chiefs. McCoy is the driver of this offense and the ball should continue to move through him.
2015 Week 11 vs NE (20 / 82 / 1 rush, 10 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)
In a game with few Bills' heroes on offense, McCoy was the bright spot. He was great in the running game against a stout Patriots' run defense and he was the primary target of Tyrod Taylor in the passing game. He followed his blockers well, had great speed, and was elusive to tackle. Typical McCoy things. Nearing the end of the second half, McCoy ran a deep route into the endzone and the ball hit his hands. Unfortunately, the Patriots' defender made a great play and stripped the ball. But in the next Bills' drive, McCoy got his revenge and galloped into the endzone to score the Bills' sole TD of the game. McCoy is, deservedly, the focal point of this offense and it should continue to run through him.
2015 Week 10 vs NYJ (19 / 112 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
In a game against the high-quality Jets' defensive line, McCoy rose to the challenge. Any semblance of his past injuries seems to be gone. All game McCoy was fast and had strong cuts; he knew where to go and had the athletic ability to get there. One of the highlights of the night for the Bills was on a 3rd and 2. McCoy was hit in the backfield about 5 yards back from the line of scrimmage. Instead of getting tackled, he stiff-armed the defender to the ground and converted the play to keep the drive alive. As Tyrod Taylor was uncomfortable in the pocket, McCoy was consistently available for outlet throws. And late in the game, when the Bills were trying to prevent the Jets from having a last attempt at scoring, McCoy took up large chunks of time with high-quality runs. The Bills running game is in good shape for the playoff push.
2015 Week 9 vs MIA (16 / 112 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
As expected, McCoy was the primary RB for the Bills out of the bye, receiving twice as many carries as Karlos Williams. McCoy's TD run required only two directions, due east to start and a sharp turn due north to finish. His speed was evident on that play and all game, McCoy was just faster than everyone else. That seems to be some of the basis for asking McCoy to keep doing stretch run plays but those mostly fell apart due to blocking. Once, while stood up inches short of the first down, McCoy powered through and got the first. Unfortunately, McCoy left the game late with yet another injury. The score was well in hand but considering his injury troubles so far this year, the upcoming Thursday night game, and Williams great running in relief, McCoy may yet again be relegated to splitting carries with Williams if he even plays at all.
2015 Week 7 vs JAX (18 / 68 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
McCoy continues to play well after his injuries. On more than one occasion, he looked great patiently waiting for the hole to develop then hitting it with high speed. It was McCoy's second effort that finished off the Bills' 2pt conversion. At a different point in the game, McCoy utilized his stiff arm effectively in the redone to bring the Bills right up to the endzone. Unfortunately the play was called back by offensive line penalties. The o-line wasn't quite as bad as it was in the beginning of the season but penalties and poor run-blocking did pop up more often than it should have. When the Bills dug themselves into a 24 point whole halfway through the 2nd quarter, the game turned more to passing and away from McCoy. Taylor returning should open up more holes for McCoy in the run game and more targets in the passing game.
2015 Week 6 vs CIN (17 / 90 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Fortunately for the Bills, McCoy looked back to his old self. He was consistently both breaking tackles and avoiding them completely. Because of his high play, McCoy was the only Bills RB to rush the ball. Most of McCoy's contributions were on short-to-medium length runs but one of his cuts did make a defender completely fall down en route to a 33 yard gain on the first play from scrimmage. Strangely, even though the Bills reached third and short 8 different times throughout the game, McCoy was only given the ball once. And that carry was called back by an offensive hold. Until Karlos Williams comes back, McCoy is the undisputed leader of this backfield. Even when Williams does eventually appear, McCoy has laid a major claim to the number one spot again.
2015 Week 3 vs MIA (11 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Yet again, McCoy's statline does not accurately represent how well he played. When the blocking enabled him, McCoy was able to make it to his holes and turn upfield. In particular, McCoy had a stand-out run where his intended hole was immediately closed and he weaved past overly aggressive defenders for a good-sized gain. But, as is becoming standard, McCoy had to deal with invasions into his backfield all game. In at least one scenario, McCoy's blocker was pushed back five yards straight into him before McCoy could even make it to the edge. McCoy's touchdown was actually a receiving one, he was split wide on the play and crossed to the middle of the field for the walk-in TD. The talent is still there, but with the ascendancy of Karlos Williams and the general ineffectiveness of the offensive line, McCoy's stats may very well stay poor.
2015 Week 2 vs NE (15 / 89 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
McCoy had a great game despite the mid-week injury reports. While he was still getting hit behind the line in the first half, it was less than last week. McCoy's first cut upfield and subsequent change of direction in space were excellent. He had a really pretty juke that got him a first down but it was unfortunately called back due to an illegal formation penalty. Later on the game, McCoy switched on a dime and caused three defenders to miss. McCoy was also available as a decent dump-off option for Tyrod Taylor. The rise of Karlos Williams will probably bring his carry numbers down a little but McCoy has shown that he can still play at a high level. Because of the Bills' tendency to favor the running and short passing game, McCoy has been facing stout fronts. As Taylor becomes more comfortable throwing deep and if the Bills defense can rebound from the poor showing on Sunday, McCoy's value should continue to increase.
2015 Week 1 vs IND (17 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
McCoy caught a swing pass on the second play of the game and took it for 20 yards. He played well in space all game, displaying speed, vision, and elusiveness. McCoy showed very little signs of the injury that was nagging him in the off-season. However, the majority of McCoy's running snaps were not so positive. McCoy was getting hit behind the line of scrimmage all game; the Bills run blocking was not doing him any favors. The one time McCoy was able to break free for a TD, it was called back for holding. McCoy is still the elite running back that he has always been so watch for improvement in the Buffalo line and his value should increase.
Latest NewsBills | LeSean McCoy decision next week (Fri Feb 12, 12:17 PM) - Updating an ongoing story, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy could face charges next week, and he was definitely involved in the nightclub incident Sunday, Feb. 7, according to Philadelphia police captain Frank Banford. An arrest warrant could be issued before Wednesday, Feb. 17, according to a source. McCoy's attorney, Larry Krasner, said that McCoy will turn himself in if he's charged. link to story Bills | Charges coming for LeSean McCoy (Thu Feb 11, 07:41 PM) - Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy will be facing charges for an alleged nightclub assault he was involved in Sunday, Feb. 7. McCoy is part of an ongoing investigation and the district attorney's office wanted to be thorough before it determined possible charges. McCoy's lawyer said the running back would turn himself in if he is charged. Our View: This looks pretty bad for Rex Ryan's top running back. McCoy has had a rough last 365 days - being ejected from Philadelphia, being hurt during the season (his first in Buffalo) and now this. We don't know for sure what the future holds up, but it seems very likely that one thing it holds will be an NFL suspension.
link to story Bills | No LeSean McCoy decision Thursday (Thu Feb 11, 10:20 AM) - Updating an ongoing story, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy isn't expected to be served a warrant for his arrest Thursday, Feb. 11, a high-ranking police official told ESPN's Mark Schwarz. McCoy is part of an investigation into an alleged nightclub assault against off-duty police officers Sunday, Feb. 7. Our View: Chip Kelly didn't seem to get much right, but dumping LeSean McCoy might have been his rare smart move. McCoy had a decent season when not hurt, but between the injuries and now the headaches, we're not sure what his status will be with the Bills next season. Of course, if he's in jail, that's a moot point.
link to story Bills | Warrant coming for LeSean McCoy? (Tue Feb 9, 10:59 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy might be served with a self-surrender by midweek, law enforcement sources in Philadelphia said Tuesday, Feb. 9. Our View: McCoy reportedly got into an argument over who should pay for a bottle of champagne. That led to an altercation with off-duty police officers.
link to story Bills | LeSean McCoy case ongoing (Tue Feb 9, 05:04 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy's case was investigated by police and has been turned over to the district attorney's office, which is reviewing it for potential charges. McCoy was allegedly involved in an altercation that sent two off-duty police officers to a Philadelphia area hospital last weekend. Our View: It all started over a dispute about who was paying for a bottle of champagne. We'll know more about this incident in the near future as the police continue their investigation.
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