Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was without question the team’s MVP last year. The running back finished the 2016 season with a career-high 5.4 yards per carry and 1,267 yards rushing. His rushing total was good for sixth best in the league.
Coming off of his best season with the Bills, one NFL.com writer thinks McCoy will fare even better on the ground in 2017. Elliot Harrison recently predicted that McCoy will lead the league in rushing. McCoy previously won the league’s rushing title back in 2013 when he rushed for 1,607 yards.
Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing.
For whatever reason, not too many folks realize how effective McCoy was last season. Despite missing almost two full games, the uber confident tailback backed up his football bravado with 1,267 yards, 14 total touchdowns and a sterling 5.41 yards per carry, which was third in the NFL. He also caught 50 balls. Funny, nobody ever thinks of McCoy as much of a receiver. McCoy seems to fly under the radar amid the widespread fascination with David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell, but he should absolutely be mentioned in their company among the league’s elite. The Bills led the NFL in rushing last year. Tyrod Taylor’s running ability demands opposing defenses to play 11-on-11. The run-first philosophy in Buffalo shouldn’t change much under new Sean McDermott. Thus, fans might tap the brakes before anointing DJ, Zeke, and Lev Bell the rushing champs.
If he can play a full season, McCoy has a legitimate chance of making Harrison’s prediction come true. Jonathan Williams is the favorite to be the team’s No. 2 running back after Buffalo lost Mike Gillislee to the Patriots as a restricted free agent, but he will have to earn the team’s trust in this role. If Williams struggles to be an effective backup, McCoy could see his workload increase.
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