In 2013, LeSean McCoy ran for an Eagles franchise-record 1,607 yards en route to an All-Pro season and an NFC East title for the Philadelphia Eagles. In an interview with Fox Sports, McCoy thinks that the addition of Darren Sproles will only help him build on that in 2014.
“Signing Sproles helps me out as a running back,” McCoy said. “I can go in a game even more fresh because I’m getting less carries and less attempts. I had 366 touches (in 2013), which is a lot. I think me having less attempts can help me be more productive and more deadly. Being fresh in the fourth quarter, things that you don’t think matter really do make a big difference.
“Now defenses have another guy that they have to prepare for. They have to watch out for so many different things, and it’s hard. They only get a week to prepare for us.”
McCoy also touched on how he believes getting less carries will allow him to get more rest during the first few quarters, so that he can ‘take over games in the fourth quarter’. That’s certainly an interesting proposition, because in games where McCoy was still fresh in the fourth quarter in 2013, take the Lions game for example, good things transpired. Getting less carries in 2014 and beyond, may also allow McCoy to increase his longevity in the league, as he inches past his mid-20’s.