Could LeSean McCoy Break Chris Johnson's Yards From Scrimmage Record?

By Will Gellman
Lesean McCoy
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Last season was a major disappointment for both LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles. The team had an abysmal 4-12 record, struggling in all phases of the game.

As for McCoy, even though he did have 1,213 all purpose yards a season ago, he only got into the end zone five times. Part of the reason for this was that he missed four games in 2012 due to injury.

Now that he is back seemingly healthy, and the Eagles’ embarrassing season from a year ago seems to be well in the rear-view mirror, he could be poised for big things in 2013.

He certainly showed what he is capable of doing at his best in Week 1. He rushed for 184 yards on 31 carries, while adding one reception for five yards Monday night against the Washington Redskins.

After a performance like that, and with Chip Kelly‘s offensive scheme tailor-made for his skill set, McCoy could be the front-runner for several offensive accolades.

It is not inconceivable that he could even break the single-season scrimmage yardage record of 2,509 yards, set by Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson in 2009. That is not to say, however, that it will be easy.

At his current pace, McCoy would have to average roughly 155 yards from scrimmage per game over the remainder of the season to accomplish that feat. If he maintains a heavy workload throughout the season, and stays on the field, he could break the record with yards to spare. With that said, that is a big “if” for a running back with a heavy workload.

To many, this may seem like an impossible milestone to reach. However, keeping in mind that McCoy both runs the football and catches passes out of the backfield very well; he is a guy I would put my money on.

If he can stay healthy for all 16 games, and click under Kelly’s offensive scheme consistently the way he did Week 1, he could have a year for the record books.

Do you think McCoy can break CJ2K’s scrimmage yards record? Feel free to share your opinion in the “comments” section below.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots’ Writer for  Follow him on Twitter @Will_Gellman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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