LeSean McCoy led all running backs with 867 snaps last season, finished in the top 5 in the league for rushing yards, and was one of just four players with 1,600 total yards. Clearly he was a great player for any fantasy team, and his five-year, $45 million extension suggests he will continue to carry a heavy workload for the Eagles.
McCoy, however, has a different opinion. Backup running back Dion Lewis said he wouldn't mind taking more carries, and McCoy agrees with the idea. "I think it works better because sometimes I might be getting tired, instead of being selfish taking that rep, I think Dion deserves to play," said the All-Pro. Although Lewis barely played last season, he showed a lot of potential and is expected to serve a bigger role this season.
McCoy's rushing TDs (17) led the league last season. He was extremely productive, but feels Philadelphia needs to change their offense. The 24-year-old claimed, "You go out in the league and see a lot of teams who rotate and last year we didn't rotate not enough really." Lewis would give the offense another weapon and more importantly, fresh legs.
Because the Eagles have him under a long-term contract, they may want to allocate his touches a bit differently. Instead of attempting 300+ runs, they may limit him to a number closer to 200. In 2010, he was still able to run for 1,000+ yards with only 207 carries. Lewis would give McCoy some time to rest and has potential to have a breakout season. Although he had just 23 carries last season, he rushed for 102 yards and had a touchdown. Multiply those numbers out, and 230 carries would give him 1,020 yards and 10 touchdowns.
It is highly improbably that McCoy will not have a productive season, but he has a lot to live up to. His career year last season was mainly the result of 70 more carries than he had in 2010, and 120 more than 2009. If Lewis takes some of those carries, McCoy may not be worth as much as some expect him to be. He is definitely still a first-rounder, but fantasy owners may no longer want to take him if they have a pick in the top-3.
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Jeanne-Marie Jansen Lowell May 23rd
Greatest relief pitcher EVER! Someday we can all tell our grandchildren we got to see him pitch. A true legend!
Charlie Lobosco May 23rd
Ask Craig; I’ll say it again; not the best relief pitcher ever; the best MLB player ever. Yes, that includes everyone.
Jim Lowell May 23rd
Great tribute to a great player, a great Yankee, and a great man.Thank you!
Frank Lowell May 23rd
Great job, Ryan! As a life-long Yankee hater since the 1950’s in the closing days of the Brooklyn Dodgers, I can only sit back and…
Tiffany Riddle May 23rd
Love the article, and I completely agree!
Michael T Carr May 16th
Another good article, Craig Lowell.
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This is a very compelling story because Mr. Collins is a very passionate, tough, intelligent, athelete taking on some additional responsibliity to help others as…
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