2012 Recap: Although he missed 4 games of the 2012 season with a concussion, McCoy did not live up to his insane 20 TD season in 2011 (not that I expected him to) prior to his injury. He did however go for 200/840/2 (4.2 YPC), and added 54/373/3 receiving (6.9 YPC) while playing 61.7% of the Eagles’ offensive snaps. Although his receiving numbers were up from 2011, his 12.6 FPG and #11 ranking among RBs were down big from 2011 (18.8 FPG, #2). He also lost 4 fumbles, after only losing 1 in 2011. The way he carries the ball so far away from his body, it’s amazing he doesn’t fumble more. It didn’t help that LT Jason Peters missed the entire season.
What’s Changed: Chip Kelly. The unknown. I believe Chip will install an offense similar to the one that Belichick did last season, as he took some of Kelly’s principles and ran the most plays in the entire NFL. This could mean a ton of touches for McCoy and Bryce Brown. If OTAs are any indication, the Eagles plan on running a quick tempo offense that will run a massive amount of plays each week. Now, any of the 3 QBs (Vick, Foles, Barkley) could start and that’s an issue that must be taken into consideration, but hopefully we get a clear indication early in training camp. The Eagles will get back LT Jason Peters and they also drafted Lane Johnson to play RT. This will provide a major improvement over the 2011 version.
Outlook: McCoy has top level talent as he can provide burst in small areas, has break away speed, and lateral quickness that resembles Barry Sanders at times. He has an incredible skill set that Kelly and his coaching staff should recognize and take full advantage of. It was good to see that McCoy played through the final 2 games of the 2012 season after missing a month with a concussion, meaning he fully recovered. He took his time and came back healthy, which should bode well for him going forward. McCoy has played through other injuries before, but we don’t need a Jahvid Best situation on our hands. I fell as though McCoy will get 20-25 touches a game and Bryce Brown will get 10-12, as they will attempt to run that many plays if all goes according to plan or what I think the plan is. If you are picking towards the end of the first round and McCoy falls to you, swoop him up without thinking twice.
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