(11/23/14) After he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry Week 11 at Green Bay, questions about whether or not Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has lost a step resurfaced leading up to Week 12. He did his best to invalidate them against the Titans, though, rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
His defining play was a 53-yard run early in the fourth quarter in which he juked a defender and turned on the jets, breaking away from the secondary before getting run down deep in Titans territory. It was the kind of athletic move you'd expect from a 26-year-old coming off a rushing title but one we haven't seen much from McCoy this season.
Of course, whether or not McCoy has lost a step is kind of a moot point for his Fantasy owners. The window to trade him has most likely passed them by, and while he hasn't lived up to his average draft position, mostly because he hasn't been as involved in the passing game as in years past, he's been good enough to start every week, rushing for 80 or more yards in six of the Eagles' last seven games.
Perhaps the Titans defense, which entered the game ranked 31st against the run, contributed to this performance, but even if that's the case, you wouldn't consider sitting McCoy for Week 13 at Dallas.
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy runs wild in win over Titans
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/14) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy turned in a vintage performance, as he ran wild and led his team to a comfortable 43-24 victory over the Titans in Week 12.
McCoy registered his third 100-yard performance of the season and also added a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He carried the ball 21 times for 130 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He was held to only one grab for 1 yard.
McCoy has 859 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season. He'll look to keep rolling Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.
Eagles RB McCoy in 2014 struggles: 'I am the same player'
His numbers have certainly regressed. He led the NFL in rushing a year ago with 1,607 yards and 5.1 YPC. He is currently sixth in the league with 729 yards and is averaging a career-low 3.7 yards per attempt. McCoy only has two touchdowns in 2014. But injuries to the offensive line have certainly factored in.
"I'm not going to address, 'Am I the same player?' I won't address that," he told the Philadelphia Daily News. "For what? What are we talking about, am I the same player. That's for y'all to figure out. You crazy? Am I the same player? I am the same player."
Chip Kelly sticks up for LeSean McCoy
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/17/14) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy averaged under 4 yards per carry Sunday for the sixth time this season, notes Philly.com. Still, coach Chip Kelly stuck up for McCoy on Monday.
"LeSean's our guy," Kelly told the website. "Right now, I think LeSean's done a good job."
McCoy is averaging 3.7 yards per carry this season after averaging 5.1 last year.
"A lot of runs he made, when you really watch them, I thought he did a good job of being patient, getting up inside, following blocks and doing things on the outside," Kelly said of McCoy's performance against Green Bay. "I don't think LeSean played poorly."
Kelly said he is not considering giving any of McCoy's carries to backup Darren Sproles, according to the website.
LeSean McCoy can't gain traction Week 11
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/14) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy struggled with his footing in the Week 11 loss at Green Bay, slipping several times while trying to cut back. He still finished with 88 yards on 23 carries (3.8 ypc) and added an 18-yard reception.
McCoy has made exactly one catch in each of the past three games and has only two touchdowns all season. He was fortunate not to get charged with a fumble when he failed to secure a third-quarter handoff from Mark Sanchez. McCoy plays the Titans in Week 12.
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No one benefitted more from Chip Kelly’s offense than LeSean McCoy in 2013. He was the focal point of the up-tempo attack with 314 carries for 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns and 52 catches for 539 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy just escaped the dreaded 400-touch threshold with 391, including the playoffs, but don’t be surprised if the Eagles ease his workload a little bit. It should come on passing downs with the offseason addition of Darren Sproles. We still expect McCoy to approach 2,000 total yards and double digits in touchdowns, and he can still get 40-plus catches even with Sproles in the mix. McCoy is the easy selection at No. 2 overall behind Jamaal Charles in the majority of leagues. Kelly wants to run the ball, and McCoy is his thoroughbred. Look for him to continue to dominate this season.