Brandon Beane: We think LeSean McCoy can still play or he wouldn’t be here

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Bills running back LeSean McCoy had his least productive NFL season in 2018 and the team acquired a handful of new backs this offseason, which led some to wonder if McCoy might wind up elsewhere by the time the 2019 season is underway.

Those suggestions did not come from the Bills as General Manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott consistently said that McCoy is in the plans for 2019. Beane didn’t waver from that in an interview conducted last month and embargoed for release until this week.

Beane said he doesn’t “know how it’s going to shake out” with McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon and Devin Singletary, but remained adamant that the team believes McCoy can bounce back from last year.

“I think LeSean still can play. If not, we would have made the decision to move on. I think he’s embraced the competition this spring,” Beane said, via “He’s very confident, when you talk to him, that he still sees himself up here. And I don’t think you’re changing that. And I wouldn’t want him to think any different. But we’re focused on this year. That’s what we have him under contract for, and I definitely think he’s got enough left in the tank to help us in 2019.”

Yeldon said he expects “heated competition” for playing time this summer, but how much time is up for grabs may be closely linked to how good McCoy looks when camp gets underway.

8 responses to “Brandon Beane: We think LeSean McCoy can still play or he wouldn’t be here

  1. I for one will be very surprised if McCoy is not the starter Week 1. He may be approaching the end of his days in that role but it’s going to take a heck of a performance from someone else to top him this year. Bills are in fine shape at the RB position.

  2. Man, to think what Shady’s career would have looked like if Chip Kelly had never had his Philly experiment…he was fun to watch, and thats coming from a skins fan.

  3. With the improved O line – I think Lesean is going to have a good year – like 1100yds.

  4. They also brought in three insurance policies named Gore, Yeldon, and Singletary, so they’re hedging their bets on McCoy bouncing back to 2016 form.

  5. youngnoize says:
    July 19, 2019 at 9:56 am
    He’s going to run for 1k again and continuing padding his Hall of Fame resume.
    Even those of Bill’s fans who wear rose colored glasses don’t see that happening. Wishful thinking though. I’d take a 1000 yards from scrimmage.

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