LeSean “Shady” McCoy is the complete package. In fact at this point in his career, McCoy is the most productive offensive player in Eagles’ history. LeSean McCoy now has 2,455 yards from scrimmage which passes DeSean Jackson for the most yards from scrimmage in his first two seasons.
McCoy was the main reason the Eagles were able to finish the game Sunday night against the Cowboys as he was able to kill the final 4:22 left in the game with his elusive running. At the end of the day, McCoy ended the game with 16 rushes for 149 yards.
In my eyes, McCoy is the most underrated player in the game today. I realize this is only his second year in the league, but his patience, intelligence and approach to the game is second-to-none. It is obvious that McCoy took a page out of Brian Westbrook’s book on how to be a professional and how to finish out a game.
It’s clear that when Reid drafted McCoy, he was looking for a complete back similar to Westbrook. Unfortunately, last year McCoy was forced to step into the starter’s role sooner than expected because of injuries to Westbrook. However, this allowed McCoy to learn what it takes to be an all-around back and hear feedback from one of the best, Brian Westbrook.
Last year, critics worried about the duration of McCoy and worried if he would be prone to fumbles due to the way he carries the ball. McCoy wore down towards the end of the year last season and was non-existent at the end of the year.
In the offseason, McCoy put in the hard work to build up his strength, and it has really showed this season. McCoy continues to look fresh late in games, which has helped the Eagles solidify victories this season. Say what you want, but there weren’t many people that thought McCoy would be this good this quickly.
His vision has been unbelievable and his cutbacks have been Barry Sanders-esk. When playing in the Eagles system, the running back is also required to be an efficient receiver and you must be able to pick up the blitz. McCoy struggled mightily in picking up blitzes last year, but this season he has done a superb job in every area he has been asked.
McCoy isn’t going to get as much recognition as other premier running backs, because he plays with such highly-skilled players like DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick, but I would argue that he should be in the running for the team’s MVP this season.
Just like Westbrook, McCoy goes about his business and is the ultimate professional. Unlike Westbrook, Shady has shown durability thus far and that goes a long way in the NFL. Time will tell but I think we may have the best running back to ever play in a Philadelphia uniform on our hands.