LeSean McCoy loses third-down role to Leonard Fournette

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When the Buccaneers signed running back Leonard Fournette, some presumed that would cost LeSean McCoy his job. It didn’t then, but it now has.

Coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday that Fournette is the team’s new “nickel” running back.

On Sunday against the Raiders, Fournette participated in 40 snaps, a 56-percent rate. Fournette rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries, and he added 47 receiving yards on six catches.

McCoy, in contrast, was the only non-quarterback on either team who didn’t play at all. (Actually, McCoy was the only running back on any team who dressed but didn’t play in any of the 13 Week Seven games played so far.)

The next question becomes whether the Bucs keep McCoy or try to move him before the deadline. With Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake suffering an ankle injury on Sunday night, maybe Arizona will be interested in making a deal like the one they did last week for pass-rusher Markus Golden.

13 responses to “LeSean McCoy loses third-down role to Leonard Fournette

  1. Howie will give the Bucs next year’s #1 to bring him back to the Eagles…..because that’s what Howie does these days.

  2. His roll was suppose to be on 3rd down. McCoy has dropped some passes and hasn’t broke any runs. His value has bottomed out with the Bucs.

  3. The fact that you think someone is going give up compensation to trade for LeSean McCoy speaks volumes.

  4. McCoy had a great career , won a Superbowl but he’s done . He’s made his money ..he’s played his last season

  5. They aren’t trading McCoy. They are all in this year and can’t afford an injury derailing the season. They are bringing Brown in essentially as a Godwin/Miller injury insurance policy. Evans can’t be replaced, but if he continues to be limited by his ankle injury this takes some pressure off of him. The same is true for their running backs.

  6. Keep your chin strap buckled LeSean. Players go on IR every day. Or Covid, or whatever. Be ready when your number is called. It’s a long season, and the NFL is brutal.

  7. It’s a shame O’Brien’s been fired already. Coulda got at least a 2nd back for a cashed RB that nobody else wants. (Respect to Shady though, hell of a career)

  8. McCoy was inactive for the Super Bowl. That’s not exactly winning one. He got a ring just like the water boy probably did.

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