LeSean McCoy looks forward to catching passes in new Bills offense

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As the Bills implement a new offense, questions remain regarding whether running back LeSean McCoy will be able to adjust his running style to the one-cut approach that coordinator Rick Dennison employs. There’s no question about McCoy’s level of excitement regarding the new air attack in Buffalo.

“The running backs getting the ball in the passing game,” McCoy told reporters on Thursday. “That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air — we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air.”

One thing that will help the Buffalo offense is the fact that, before the snap, there won’t be many clues about what’s coming.

“Everything looks the same,” McCoy said. “Actually talking to Sean [McDermott] about why he hired [Rick Dennison], the biggest thing is – he said that it’s harder to defend because everything looks the same, as a defense, they look for alignments, they look for different cheats, different formations, and everything looks the same in our offense and it’s hard, if it’s a pass or run, you can’t tell. Being a part of that, is special to me because you don’t know what it is, and then the ability to get the ball to you running backs in open field with routes against linebackers, it’s an easy win.”

It will be an easy win if McCoy develops into a Foster-style weapon. McCoy’s biggest year as a pass catcher came in 2010, when while part of Andy Reid’s offense McCoy caught 78 passes. McCoy averaged 41 catches per year with Rex Ryan as the head coach.

12 responses to “LeSean McCoy looks forward to catching passes in new Bills offense

  1. I think most offensive coordinators/coaches would like to see all RB’s be one cut guys and hit the appointed hole. That is not McCoys style nor was it OJ’s and both of those guys are/were successful with their “ad lib” style of rushing the ball….

  2. I don’t get the hate for Taylor. He was a first-time starter last year and played ok football. If he improves even marginally in his second year starting then he’s a top 20 quarterback. That’s good enough if the team around him is good. I think the Bills are headed in a positive direction. They have a pretty tough schedule, so fans will need to be patient with them and look for improvement despite probably only winning 5 or 6 games. They could take a big step in 2018 if they don’t tear it down after this year.

  3. He’ll be extra dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield. I can’t see why Ryan didn’t use him that way. And the “ad lib” running style isn’t likely to just go away. Thankfully.

  4. joetoronto says:
    May 26, 2017 11:27 AM

    They must have gotten rid of Tyrod.
    Too bad we can’t get rid of you, you and your 5 IDs.

  5. Perfect offense for a developing quarterback too. I bet the passes are short and in open field to allow for yac. What better way to give a QB confidence than to employ the short game. I wish they’d do that for Cam more. Brees has his long passes but hes made a living with quick passes to rbs and slot receivers

  6. TheDPR says:
    May 26, 2017 11:55 AM
    I don’t get the hate for Taylor. He was a first-time starter last year and played ok football.
    Last year was his second year as starter. He didn’t take the necessary steps to be even a high level qb, let alone elite. Outsiders will say that he doesn’t have any weapons, but Bills fans know there were plenty of times when he missed badly. Hopefully Dennison really brings something out of him, but I’m not getting my hopes up about this year. I think this is about the biggest lame duck year for the roster that I can remember for the Bills.

  7. I look forward to McCoy having another productive year in the NFL!

    BTW – What kind of person comes to every piece of bills news just to say negative things? Who takes time out of life to do that, and what does it say about them?

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