Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that running back LeSean McCoy is going to be “ready to roll” against the Colts on Sunday, which means that the Bills will get their first chance to realize a return on the investment they made in McCoy this offseason.
They traded linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia for McCoy and then gave McCoy a new five-year contract with over $26 million in guaranteed money. The Eagles moved on in the backfield by signing DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews as free agents.
How Murray will work out for the Eagles has been discussed often this offseason with detractors pointing to his big workload last season and the strength of the Dallas offensive line as reasons why they think he’ll take a step backward. McCoy didn’t mention either of those things specifically during an interview with GQ, but he still suggested that the Eagles had traded down in the backfield.
“I think Murray’s good,” McCoy says. “But I don’t see him as competition as far as the best backs. I like my game a lot.”
That McCoy likes his game comes as no surprise, but Murray’s numbers over the last two seasons compare well to what McCoy did in Philadelphia and he should get every opportunity to show that he can continue to produce in the offense McCoy called home. If his production remains strong and the Eagles remain a winning team, it might not change McCoy’s mind but it will make it harder to come up with reasons why Murray shouldn’t be mentioned among the best at the position.