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LeSean McCoy gets quicker by cutting out junk food

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Eagles running back LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing and yards from scrimmage last season, but McCoy says he’s faster now than he was last year.

After making a concerted effort to cut out junk food (particularly late-night snacking on Doritos), McCoy says that he’s down about five pounds from the 215 he weighed last season, and he can feel the difference.

“At a lighter [weight], I feel like I’m so much more effective,” McCoy said, via CSNPhilly.com. “I looked at all my old film and saw how much quicker I was when I was 210 [pounds], 209. It’s a big difference. And I’m feeling like that again.”

McCoy says a five-pound weight loss might not mean anything to a back who makes plays by running through tackles, but McCoy says that with his running style, every extra pound counts.

“I play with leverage,” McCoy said. “Certain guys are different. A guy like Marshawn Lynch, he’s more of a running through a guy. Mine is to get a guy off balance and going through an arm tackle, go through a shoulder, those types of things. Get them going one way and try to hit the other side.”

McCoy will hit the other side just a little bit more quickly this season. That’s well worth resisting a late-night craving for Doritos.

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44 Responses to “LeSean McCoy gets quicker by cutting out junk food”
  1. barsfordays says: Jul 31, 2014 8:28 PM

    Shady is Sanders 2.0! Darren Sproles is nice too but i think it was huge mistake giving up Bryce Brown. Dude was a stud. Big mistake by Chip on that one.

  2. succulentnipples says: Jul 31, 2014 8:42 PM

    Po-ta-toe. Boil’em, mash’em, stick’em in a stew. Boil’em, mash’em, stick’em in a stew.

  3. jam11163 says: Jul 31, 2014 8:43 PM

    The best in the business

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 31, 2014 8:44 PM

    Good for him, be healthier and better on and off the field!

  5. notthetroll says: Jul 31, 2014 8:46 PM

    I thought he was super quick before.

  6. wiztopher says: Jul 31, 2014 8:58 PM

    McCoy is so fun to watch

  7. greymares says: Jul 31, 2014 9:09 PM

    Want a rematch with Vick ? Lol.

  8. charlie2254 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:19 PM

    It’s gonna be a damn good season

  9. officialgame says: Jul 31, 2014 9:32 PM

    I don’t know he was already breaking ankles the way he can cut on a dime. McCoy is an ultra talented back.

  10. Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers. says: Jul 31, 2014 9:32 PM

    Bell > McCoy

  11. mazenblue says: Jul 31, 2014 9:46 PM

    You still aint no Barry. j/k. Dudes a beast tho. Him, All Day, and Beast-mode. Ahh, and Morris. Top four in the league

  12. calvinthegreat82 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:48 PM

    Reggie Bush > LeSean McCoy

    It’s not even close!

  13. brady2gronktd says: Jul 31, 2014 9:50 PM

    Whenever I’m smashing those late night doritos it’s after those late night blunts! We all go a couple days Shady but the Doritos, m&ms and ice cream sandwiches will be back, they just taste sooooooo good.

  14. deathonwings410 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:54 PM

    Hopefully Ray Rice did this too.

  15. osiris33 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:58 PM

    Overrated East Coast player. He’s not half the player Marshawn Lynch is.

  16. cueghost says: Jul 31, 2014 10:05 PM

    Quicker?!? Good grief… He’ll get 2 thou if he doesn’t blow a tire.

  17. uglydingo says: Jul 31, 2014 10:08 PM

    Revelation – Junk food is not good for an athlete dependent on speed. Who knew?

  18. krep123 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:11 PM

    Who cares? Will any RB or skill position player say they got…slower in the off-season?

  19. purpleguy says: Jul 31, 2014 10:15 PM

    that’s the 5th NFLer who said they lost weight in the off-season by cutting down on chips. I wonder if the stock price for the snack food industry is in a freefall.

  20. DonRSD says: Jul 31, 2014 10:20 PM

    Those spicy nacho Doritos are my favorite.

  21. eaglesfan036 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:22 PM

    He played that well while eating crap food?

  22. phillipalpha says: Jul 31, 2014 10:40 PM

    Bryce Brown was a stud indeed, if ball-security wasnt such a big issue.

  23. ez0682 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:59 PM

    We still have fooles sorry i meant foles smash. Hope nothing but the worse for him.

  24. joeyb3878 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:01 PM

    If he gets any quicker he will break his own ankles

  25. rajbais says: Jul 31, 2014 11:03 PM

    I thought Chip Kelly was about diet: no fast food, no junk food, and no red meat.

    How could he have had junk food last year?

  26. nnagi says: Jul 31, 2014 11:14 PM

    Whatever, this guy is so overrated…

  27. codiablo says: Jul 31, 2014 11:16 PM

    Still 2nd best…

  28. tahnoonzee says: Jul 31, 2014 11:33 PM

    I’m taking McCoy #1 overall in fantasy.

  29. charlie2254 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:36 PM

    @barsfordays

    They still have Chris Polk. He’s no slouch

  30. n0hopeleft says: Jul 31, 2014 11:57 PM

    Why was he eating that in the first place?

    If he were the best, he’d be doing everything he possibly can to help his pathetic joke of a franchise, every year.

  31. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Jul 31, 2014 11:58 PM

    If Shady would just switch to Cheetos, he’d hit 2000 yards every season.

  32. antneejay2 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:04 AM

    I hate Doritos.

  33. jsrdc says: Aug 1, 2014 1:06 AM

    As long as Trent Cole doesn’t continue to blow up McCoy during practice causing a fight, he may end up starting all the regular season games this season.

    Expect McCoy will miss some time this year. This high speed offense is going to put some serious wear and tear on him, and he will miss at least 4 games this season.

    Eagles finish no better than 2nd place in the NFC East this season.

  34. drohanimal says: Aug 1, 2014 1:14 AM

    Best RB in the NFL. End of story.

  35. deadeye says: Aug 1, 2014 1:57 AM

    Eventually the competitive nature of pro-sports forces athletes to even consider dietary improvements to gain an edge. That’s not too amazing considering NBA trainers are successfully conveying the importance of sleep to NBA players. Imagine that, NBA players taking naps during the day and going to bed early at night to help their body heal from all the bumps and bruises. Eventually all pro athletes will make diet and rest priorities on par with weight training.

  36. tigerphins says: Aug 1, 2014 4:10 AM

    “barsfordays”?
    yeahhhh how ’bout soberfordays instead so you’ll emerge from your inebriated state and realize how silly you sound for tabbing McCoy the second coming of Barry Sanders. Might as well call him Colonel Sanders 2.0.

  37. pv1960 says: Aug 1, 2014 4:48 AM

    Go Shady!

  38. shutdaup says: Aug 1, 2014 6:54 AM

    He’s a bum.

  39. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 1, 2014 7:03 AM

    The NFC East has some really good rising RBs like Morris and McCoy!

  40. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 1, 2014 8:34 AM

    good times to be a bird fan!
    icwt
    in shady we trust…. just watch what you say homie!

  41. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 1, 2014 9:04 AM

    and to think… this guy just turned 26 years old in July!!
    happy belated b-day, shady!
    Hope you’re a eag for yrs to come!

  42. cbs1971 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:33 PM

    In other news, Doritos has filed a law suit against McCoy for defamation of character….

  43. tangovader says: Aug 1, 2014 12:50 PM

    Nobody and I mean … NOBODY, talks more crap in July and August than Eagle fans. This year it’s Shady, Chip, Foles’, ‘Shady, Chip, Foles’.

    Four weeks into the season, and the Eagles get off to a 1-3 start, local sports radio will be flooded with calls for the Chip’s and/or Howie’s head.

    End result, they miss the playoffs or squeak in and lose at home while looking nothing like themselves.

    Fans spend the rest of the off-season griping, up until free agency and the draft. That’s when they start convincing themselves that every new player brought in is really a stud and every player they let go was overrated.

    By that time it’s July again and it’s time for Superbowl talk. Rinse and repleat every single year throughout eternity. *yawn*

  44. simonator917 says: Aug 1, 2014 5:10 PM

    He’s already rhe best running back in the league, IMO. And now he might even be a little bit better? Scary!

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