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RB LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

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

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Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Great matchup. LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo run-blocking unit seem to have turned a major corner. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has imported his Arian Foster/Texans-style zone blocking scheme this season, and the early going was exceptionally rough - McCoy averaged just 3.21 yards per carry and 55.8 per game over the first 5 weeks. Since then, however, the unit has gelled significantly, and McCoy has posted marks of 5.18 and 86.0. With huge holes opening left and right - and McCoy running with the quickness and decisiveness of last year - this has become an explosive unit capable of either grinding games out successfully or overcoming game script with splash plays. We saw the former in Week 8 (27 rushes for 151 yards and 1 touchdown in a 34-14 win) and the latter last Sunday (13 for 114 and 1 in a 54-24 loss). In other words, McCoy appears back to a weekly RB1 outlook, and he's doing so even when he's not catching passes. As the explosive, unquestioned workhorse in a decidedly pass-first offense, McCoy's Week 12 outlook is as bright as the sun - and that's even before we consider Kansas City's sieve-like run defense. The Kansas City run defense has been utterly atrocious for most of 2017. It's allowed the league's fourth-most raw yards and yards per attempt, and it's done so with consistency - 9 of 10 opponents have landed between 104 and 194 ground yards. That's included some fairly toothless run games, and Kansas City has yielded big rushing days to the likes of LeVeon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott as well as Darren Sproles and Orleans Darkwa. The front seven is geared toward the pass rush and shaky at best in run support, and the loss of Eric Berry has left a relatively poor-tackling secondary. A volume-hogging feature back like LeSean McCoy always projects beautifully against this unit; we can all but pencil in an 80-yard floor.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs OAK 50 27 151 1 7 6 22 0 0 23.3
9 at NYJ 55 12 25 0 1 0 0 0 0 2.5
10 vs NO 24 8 49 0 5 3 11 0 0 5
11 at LAC 42 13 114 1 1 1 12 1 0 24.6
12 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 19 * * 3 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 18 * * 2 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Bills | LeSean McCoy has big game in blowout (Sun Nov 19, 10:56 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed 13 times for 114 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers and he added a touchdown on his only catch, a 12-yard reception.

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Bills | Week 11 injury report for Buffalo (Fri Nov 17, 02:04 PM) - Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), OG John Miller (ankle) and RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 11 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. TE Charles Clay (knee), DE Jerry Hughes (shin, calf) and WR Jordan Matthews (knee) were each limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring), PK Stephen Hauschka, OG Richie Incognito (rest), WR Zay Jones (ankle), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Kyle Williams (rest) were all removed from the injury report.

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Bills | LeSean McCoy rests on Wednesday (Wed Nov 15, 06:14 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (rest) was rested during practice on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Our View: It's just Wednesday, so this is a rest day for McCoy. With new starting QB Nathan Peterman, the Bills offense will lean on McCoy more than ever.
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Bills | Wednesday's practice report for Buffalo (Wed Nov 15, 06:10 PM) - Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), TE Charles Clay (knee), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), DE Jerry Hughes (shin, calf), RB LeSean McCoy (rest), FB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) and DT Kyle Williams (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 15. CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) and WR Jordan Matthews (knee) were limited in practice, while WR Zay Jones (ankle) practiced in full.

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Bills | LeSean McCoy totals 60 scrimmage yards (Sun Nov 12, 08:09 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy ran eight times for 49 yards in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints and he added three grabs for 11 yards on five targets.

Our View: McCoy has had two straight fantasy duds. The Bills defense is not keeping games low-scoring and the offense isn't keeping up with opponents. He has a good matchup on paper against the Chargers next week, but they shut down Leonard Fournette today.
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