Is LeSean McCoy Still an Elite NFL Running Back?

By Joe Doris
Dale Zanine-US Presswire

There has been little doubt about the sky-high potential of RB LeSean McCoy ever since the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

The University of Pittsburgh product constantly wowed scouts and fans with his incredible acceleration and ankle-breaking cutting ability. McCoy wasted no time transitioning into the NFL, as he made an immediate impact for the Eagles during his rookie season and ever since.

But has McCoy fallen out of the elite running back category due to his lack of scoring and production this year?

By no means is McCoy having a bad season, but there is a huge difference between an elite running back and just a respectable starting running back. Even the difference between a top 5 back and a top 10 back is a massive spread.

Heading into the 2012 season, McCoy was widely considered one of the top 3 all-around running backs in the entire NFL, along side Houston Texans’ RB Arian Foster and Baltimore Ravens’ RB Ray Rice. Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson had dropped off of a lot of analyst’s radars due to his ACL surgery last season.

But after 9 games into this season, McCoy has produced very little for the Eagles. The fourth-year running back has only 2 rushing touchdowns all year long, and is 10th in the NFL with 705 rushing yards. So while McCoy is on pace for just 4 rushing touchdowns this season, he tallied a ridiculous 17 last year.

A stat that is also astounding is that McCoy’s season-long run is just a 34-yard scamper.

Considering McCoy’s show-stopping speed and break-away ability, the fact that he has not broken off a run longer than 34 yards is truly shocking.

And even though McCoy has cashed in on 3 receiving touchdowns this year, he is only averaging 4.9 yards per reception, compared to 7.6 and 6.6 yards per reception in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

With the Eagles sitting at a shameful 3-6 on the season, McCoy is just one of the many disappointments fielded by the team this year. McCoy has even lost 2 fumbles already this season, after only losing one each season throughout his entire career.

While it is going to be pretty much impossible for anybody to save the Eagles’ season at this point, McCoy still must prove to his team that he can shoulder the load, and remain the focal point of their offense.

At this point, McCoy is falling fast into a jumble of mediocre NFL running backs.


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