Recently, former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy opted to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, since he wanted to play with Tom Brady. After losing Jordan Howard and not replacing him this offseason, the Eagles had some level of interest in bringing back McCoy, as they have done with other veterans over the years. However, they lucked out that he did not choose to come back.
Bringing a proven veteran like McCoy back to the franchise may initially seem like a good idea, but it would have taken touches away from second-year back Miles Sanders, as they are similar backs in terms of style.
Well, they were similar types of players. The difference now is that Sanders proved last season that he can be one of the most dynamic running backs in the league, finding success as both a runner and as a receiver out of the backfield. McCoy, on the other hand, is over the hill.
McCoy totaled 465 rushing yards for the Chiefs last season (4.6-yard average), which looks good, but context matters, with him being put in some easier situations. The larger issue is the managed workload that he now requires. He played 13 games last season, averaging 7.8 carries per game.
Sanders thrived with more opportunity late last season. He finished the year with 1,327 total yards and six touchdowns, and the Eagles must ensure he is the featured back their offense this season. Bringing back McCoy was a potential threat to that.
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