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RB LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. LeSean McCoy had his first 100+ yards rushing performance of the season against the stone-cold Giants during Week 6 - 22/149/0 rushing and 2/5/0 receiving made his fantasy owners feel good about the direction McCoy is heading during the second 1/4 of the season. His sidekick Darren Sproles had 7/39/1 rushing during the contest, but didn't reel in any of his four targets before exiting due to a sprained MCL in his knee. Sproles is ahead of schedule in the recovery from that injury as he comes off the Philadelphia bye week. However, he remains questionable for Sunday's game at Arizona, depending on what he shows during the practice sessions this week. Sproles was originally expected to miss 1-2 games - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week to see how much Sproles is able to do in practice sessions as the weekend draws nearer. Arizona's rush D is among the top five in the nation, averaging 72.5 rushing yards allowed per game (first in this category), with four rushing scores allowed out of six games played. They held Oakland to 19/56/1 rushing last weekend and limited Washington to 17/72/0 two games back. This is a wet-blanket type of defensive front, friends. This looks like a tough matchup for McCoy (and Sproles, if he can play).

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
4 at SF 10 17 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 vs STL 24 81 0 4 4 5 0 1
6 vs NYG 22 149 0 2 2 5 0 0
8 at ARI PROJ-Dodds 15 * * 4 * * *
8 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay 22 * * 3 * * *
8 at ARI PROJ-Bloom 20 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs STL (24 / 81 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 5 / 0 rec)

McCoy started the day the same way the past 2 games have went just struggling to find any holes up the middle and forcing the play to the outside. On his first three runs on the day he combined for only 2 yards. McCoy had a first down catch to help the Eagles continue their second drive down the field and get into field goal range. McCoy had a 4 yard run up the middle that he looked like he was starting to see some open field. McCoy made a poor decision on a pass from Foles as he danced back and forth with the ball dangling and eventually lost 9 yards and lost the ball on a fumble. He is pressing right now and you can see his frustration as he is trying to make the big play every time he touches the ball. McCoy continued his struggles on the next possession as he once again bounced the play to the outside dancing his way to no gain. McCoy got things going on the Eagles next drive as he started it with a bang on a 19 yard run that was very McCoy like of last season. The thing about the run was that he started it the right way straight up the middle finding the hole and then shifting the run outside making defenders miss. He followed that up with a 2 yard screen pass to the right side. McCoy had another strong run on a 2nd and 6 play where he ran the ball hard up the middle picking up the first down on a 7 yard gain. McCoy helped pick up another first down on a 6 yard grab from Foles that he made sure to get the yards necessary for the first down. McCoy continued to look better following the earlier fumble as McCoy had runs of 3, 4, -3, and 10 yards. He is starting to show some flashes of what he was able to accomplish last season and it is looking like that fumble might have been the turning point for him. McCoy saw 5 carries in the next Eagles drive to try to help the Eagles milk the clock with a big lead.

2014 Week 6 vs NYG (22 / 149 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

McCoy took his first carry straight forward for a 2 yard gain. He followed that up with back to back strong runs of 12 yards to the right side and then a 18 yard rush right up the middle showing the same explosiveness that he showed all of last year. He finished the drive with a 2 yard catch and then a 4 yard run making for a very strong opening drive to help set up the Eagles for their opening field goal. On the Eagles second drive McCoy continued his positive play with a 5 yard gain straight up the middle and then followed it up with a break away run out the the left side of the field where he raced up the middle for 18 yards and was up ended in midair and the ball ended coming out as his elbow hit the ground where he was holding the ball. There was no fumble on the play as the ground can't cause a fumble, but it still showed McCoy's looseness with the football in the open field. Later inside the Giants 20 yard line McCoy had back to back 2 yard runs where he couldn't quite find a hole to break away. McCoy had another explosive run with a big 15 yard run to the right side that he just beat his defenders with straight speed to the outside. McCoy kept on running hard and even on his short gains which he had a couple of more for 2 and 3 yard gains that he moved the pile on and kept going forward. Backed up on the Eagles 3 yard line McCoy took off to the left side of the field and raced away for a 9 yard gain. McCoy got stuffed behind the line of scrimmage for a 1 yard loss and then followed it up with a 28 yard gain to the right side of the field just using his speed and quickness to break away for the big gain. McCoy had another 18 yard run where he broke a couple of tackles and just took the ball upfield to the right side line after the missed tackles.

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Latest News

Eagles | LeSean McCoy hits century mark (Sun Oct 12, 11:37 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy carried 22 times for a season-high 149 yards in Week 6 against the New York Giants, although he was held out of the end zone again. He also chipped in with two receptions for five yards.

Our View: McCoy found more big holes than he did in the first five games combined. He's going to be just fine for his owners and he gets a well-timed bye to rest and carry over this momentum to the last ten games of the season.
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Eagles | LeSean McCoy needs to break free (Fri Oct 10, 10:52 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said he needs to break more tackles and felt like he was taken down by a lot of desperation tackles in Week 5. 'There's still stuff that we need to do to get better with it, and I think it starts with me,' McCoy said. 'I need to break more tackles. I feel like last game was too many save tackles, like a guy just gets my leg, stuff like that.'

Our View: McCoy is spending too much time running east-west and needs to take the tough yards that are there and get downhill. The reason he isn't breaking tackles is that he is giving the defense too many opportunities to catch him by trying to bounce runs outside.
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