Frank Gore to start tonight, LeSean McCoy next week

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The Bills spent the offseason insisting that LeSean McCoy was their guy, and that Frank Gore was brought in as a complement not a replacement.

That makes their approach to the first preseason game a bit more interesting.

According to the Buffalo News, Bills coach Sean McDermott said on the team’s website radio show that Gore would get the first team carries tonight against the Colts, and that McCoy would likely get the night off and start in the second preseason game next week at Carolina.

“What we’re going to do is give Frank most of the work this week and give LeSean most of the work the following week,” McDermott said. “We know LeSean a little bit. This is our first time around Frank.

“The other piece of it is making sure with two experienced running backs that we keep both guys fresh.”

The 35-year-old Gore is still capable of playing at a solid level, and has said he’s not worried about competing for time. How the Bills manage the workload between the two workhorses and promising rookie Devin Singletary will be a delicate balance. Unless it isn’t.

34 responses to “Frank Gore to start tonight, LeSean McCoy next week

  1. McCoy is without a doubt the #1 RB.
    That is why McDermott is playing Gore in the week 1 preseason game… Not only to give McCoy a night off to keep him healthy, But to see what Gore will be able to help the team with come the regular season.
    McBeane already knows what they have in McCoy… One of the most elusive and capable RB’s in the league.

    It will go McCoy/Gore/Singletary w/Perry or Yeldon as the 4th RB & staple Special Teamer.

  2. Only one can start the first game. The plan makes sense as McCoy is a known factor. It also explains, in advance, why Gore won’t start next week no matter how he looks tonight.

  3. EJ says:
    August 8, 2019 at 6:35 am

    McBeane already knows what they have in McCoy… One of the most elusive and capable RB’s in the league.
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    The guy averaged 3.2 yards a carry last season. He hasn’t been elusive and capable for several years now.

  4. McCoy is not who he used to be. Some issues could be the OL but here is how they did last year.
    McCoy had a 3.2 YPC and 514 rushing yds
    Gore had 4.6 YPC and 722 rushing yds.
    It’s gonna be a RBBC most likely.

  5. So many things wrong with your statement carloswlassiter, so maybe you should do your research.

    McCoy made the previous 2 pro bowls, and the Bills were a top rushing team for those until they cleaned house and had the 2nd worse offense line in football last year

  6. WHY!? If you don’t know what you have in Frank Gore you’re an idiot. Save those tired old tires or let him retire.

  7. Yeah, because Frank Gore definitely needs some touches in the first preseason game. This seems insulting to Gore to me.

  8. No need to “see what Gore has,” as the others have stated, if you don’t already know then you’re an idiot.

    Would much rather see Singletary in action. What, the coaching staff is afraid? I mean if Singletary can’t rip off some serious yards in a preseason week 1 game, …

  9. They’re looking for any excuse to cut McCoy. They have no desire to keep him other than he might show flashes of his former self. He’s too expensive and doesn’t get tough yards. He’d rather dance and lose half a yard

  10. bensux says:
    August 8, 2019 at 8:44 am

    So many things wrong with your statement carloswlassiter, so maybe you should do your research.
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    I stated factual numbers that you yourself can look up and verify. Now, you can ignore these numbers, or tell us that they were not McCoy’s fault, but that sound like wishful thinking to me.

  11. It wasn’t McCoy’s fault last year. We lost Incognito and Wood, the 2 ProBowl players on the line, Carlos. Do some research.

  12. Gore will play his role, whatever the coaches decide it should be. McCoy will whine if he isn’t getting the carries he wants.

    The wildcard is Singletary. “IF” he flashes McCoy will be cut before the season starts.

  13. Carlos. We’re not ignoring your one year stats. You also stated hasn’t been elusive or capable for several years.

    2018 4.0 ypc, 1138 rushing, 448 rec 8td’s
    2017 5.4 ypc, 1267 rushing, 356 rec 14 td’s

    Yeah I can see you are right. Not very capable. Your narrative doesn’t work my friend. Keep trying though.

  14. cheek2vegas says:
    August 8, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Carlos. We’re not ignoring your one year stats. You also stated hasn’t been elusive or capable for several years.

    2018 4.0 ypc, 1138 rushing, 448 rec 8td’s
    2017 5.4 ypc, 1267 rushing, 356 rec 14 td’s
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    The first row of stats you have listed are from 2017, and the 2nd row are from 2016. What they show is a significant decline from’16 to ’17.

    Are you now going to tell me this too was due to the offensive line?

  15. carloswlassiter says:
    August 8, 2019 at 7:38 am
    EJ says:
    August 8, 2019 at 6:35 am

    McBeane already knows what they have in McCoy… One of the most elusive and capable RB’s in the league.
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    The guy averaged 3.2 yards a carry last season. He hasn’t been elusive and capable for several years now.
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    One year is not several… And did you see the offensive line and WR/TE’s he had blocking for him in 2018? They were BELOW average at best.

    In 2017 he ran for 1,138yds, 6td’s, 59 catches for 448yds, 2td’s… behind an average line.

    If the Bills front 5 stays healthy this season, The 2016 Shady will re-emerge… Count on it.

  16. I never said anything about the OL. It was terrible last year, and yes I think that along with a horrific offense lead to the decline in stats. To think it didn’t is just silly.

    I’m simply showing that the stats from 2016 and 2017 definitely fall into capable, and he was definitely elusive in 2016. Is he falling off maybe, but your blanket statement was off base. Shady was also playing injured in 2018..if you recall by end of year in JAX game he was on one leg. Is he older. Yup. Is he as good as he once was, probably not. But saying he wasn’t capable for several years is wrong. He’ll be serviceable and the Bills really don’t have a reason to cut him or trade him. Could they, sure I suppose. He and Gore will be a fine 1-2 duo, with all eyes on the rookie to see if the kid can make it in the NFL.

  17. This thread just solidifies why armchair QB’s should stick to talking about their own teams.

  18. sevenwords says:
    August 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    This thread just solidifies why armchair QB’s should stick to talking about their own teams.
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    On the contrary, it actually shows that fans are unwilling to accept factual data about their team when it does not show what they want it to show.

  19. Oh boy….im amused by my fellow buffalo fans. please, don’t mind them. they’ve been drinking to much “process ” kool-aid. all you need to know is vegas says we win 6.5 games this season. I trust them more than the homer BS that comes from OBD and the team websites.

  20. Carlos, I watched every Bills game for the last 2 years. How about you? I doubt you’ve seen more than 1. You don’t lose the 2 best players (PRO BOWL players) on your O line and expect the same results. Your stats mean nothing in the overall context.

  21. McCoy was another on the AFC that Goodell covered up for. The guy sent over a hit man to get his things back and Goodell did nothing. Article 46 right out the window of his office at 345 Park Ave yet again.

    Amazing how that happens, huh?

    Goodell’s first consideration when dealing with player punishments:

    “Is the player in the AFC or on NE’s schedule?”

    lmao

    So obvious.

  22. Oh boy….im amused by my fellow buffalo fans. please, don’t mind them. they’ve been drinking to much “process ” kool-aid. all you need to know is vegas says we win 6.5 games this season. I trust them more than the homer BS that comes from OBD and the team websites.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    ^^^this is the parent that tells their kids not to bother with getting good grades and that sort of thing. You won’t be anything but a check out clerk. This is the type of parent that tells their kid that Santa isn’t real at age 3 on Christmas morning. They pass off their shoddy parenting as being “real”. Hey buddy let me tell you something.. sports are “real” and neither is a lot of traditions and customs, but you know what.. coming in to be the voice of reality when you are nothing but a fair weather fan is shameful. You don’t represent the Bills… their is no “we” in your clown based rhetoric

  23. Carlos, I watched every Bills game for the last 2 years. How about you? I doubt you’ve seen more than 1. You don’t lose the 2 best players (PRO BOWL players) on your O line and expect the same results. Your stats mean nothing in the overall context.

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    Ditto…

  24. If the Bills front 5 stays healthy this season, The 2016 Shady will re-emerge… Count on it.

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    I would not expect 1200 yards and a 5.0+ yard per carry average this year (2016 stats). This is going to be his 11th year in the league. Hes 31 now, not 28 like he was in 2016. His production has gone down each of the last 2 years, whether its attributed to the line or not. RB’s typically fall off fast especially ones whose games are predicated on speed and elusiveness. Honestly 200 carries for 800-900 yards with 4-4.5 average would be a great year for him. Especially with Gore there. Unless you just dont plan on using Gore much

  25. RB’s fall off… yada yada.. most Running Backs aren’t Shady McCoy to begin with. He has been elite. It is just like AP down in Washington or Frank Gore right here in Buffalo. They aren’t “normal” RB’s

  26. Gotta love Pats fans who come on the articles telling us that 31 is too old.

    Brady is now 42. Get ready for the Bills era, guys. New England’s time is over (in all sports, btw)

  27. To think that an overhauled offensive line and a brand new offensive line coach will gel from the start is a big wish. They themselves do not even know who the starting 5 are. The biggest factor in offensive line play is cohesiveness and knowing what the man next to you is going to do and that takes time. It’s not as easy as signing players and plugging them in. Defenses are going to test them early and often with stunts, pass/run blitzes etc. Sweet dreams.

  28. On the contrary, it actually shows that fans are unwilling to accept factual data about their team when it does not show what they want it to show.

    to the contrary..it show’s that people with an agenda will skew the stats to fit their story. Factual data refutes your premise he wasn’t serviceable for ‘several’ years. The fact and stats say otherwise. Did he drop off? Of course, was last year bad, yup. Is he ever gonna be what he was in 2016, maybe not. Your statement that he wasn’t very good for, your words, several years is wrong. 2016 and 2017 were decent to good years for McCoy. 2016 he was especially dynamic. I’m a Bills fan I have no delusions about my team….funny that so many people have an agenda against a team that frankly hasn’t been in contention since the 90s….why are y’all worried

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