UPDATE 12/18/16 5:00pm: LeSean McCoy adds 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns to his season totals as the Buffalo Bills knocked off the Cleveland Browns 33 to 13 in week 15.
The Buffalo Bills rushing attack is ranked first in the NFL this season in large thanks to a resurgent performance from All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy. While contributions from Quarterback Tyrod Taylor and change-of-pace back Mike Gillislee put the ground game over the top, Shady has set the pace for the offense all year long.
Averaging a career-high 5.5 rushing yards per attempt so far through 11 games, McCoy looks elusive as ever in 2016 and still makes a couple of plays each game that leave everyone shaking their heads in amazement. One of those runs came in week 13’s loss to the Oakland Raiders, where LeSean made three defenders miss with a variety of jukes, jump cuts and stop-and-go moves for a six-yard gain:
Shady for 6 yds and putting guys on skates “He has the ability to freeze tacklers by coming to an almost complete stop…then accelerating” pic.twitter.com/cuAOpCbAlZ
— NY Sports Biz (@NYSportsBiz) December 9, 2016
Just the week before, he busted off the longest run of his career with a 75-yard touchdown scamper against the Jacksonville Jaguars. All of this at 28 years of age, which historically speaking is when most running backs start to see a decline in production. McCoy isn’t your typical back that’s starting to slow down however as he still possesses incredible explosiveness and vision in the open field.
Below is a chart showing #25’s best statistical seasons of his NFL career along with his 2016 numbers through 13 games.
Below are McCoy’s projected season totals if he stays healthy for the last four games of the 2016 season.With McCoy losing some goal line work to the efficient Gillislee, there’s no way he will ever surpass his career-high in touchdowns or even yards in a season. Still, what Shady is doing for Buffalo’s offense is irreplaceable, which is a great sign for the Bills after his 2015 campaign was marred by injury and other lingering issues.
Projected 2016 Stats
If these projections mostly hold true, LeSean McCoy will have rushed for the highest yards per attempt in his career and will have racked up the second most touchdowns on the ground in one season as well. At 28 years old.
I will never understand what Chip Kelly was on when he decided to trade Shady away from his home for a talented, yet unproven linebacker in Kiko Alonso. But I will thank him every day for it. Thanks, Chip!