LeSean McCoy has never been a stranger to using Twitter to get a message across. Whether it is social media spats with rivals or Shady simply carrying out his normal bravado, the 2013 rushing champ doesn’t shy away from using the platform for whatever stance he desires.
McCoy is coming off a career year that saw him rush for 1,607 yards, nearly 300 more than his previous high. Some argue that McCoy has surpassed Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson as the premiere rusher in the NFL. While I do not share this stance, there are things that Shady is capable of that Peterson does not have in his arsenal. McCoy’s skill set paired with coach Chip Kelly’s run-heavy spread attack is a formula for huge success, as the Eagles running back demonstrated in 2013.
Early Thursday afternoon, just over 24 hours prior to the Eagles first preseason game against the Bears, McCoy made a bold proclamation for what type of year 2014 would be for him.
This is THE YEAR!!!! My potential is #2000yards. Will I reach it? Stepping up my training and signs point to yes.
— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) August 7, 2014
2,000 yards is as impressive an individual effort as any in the NFL. Especially considering the emergence of multi-back rosters and a trending towards the passing game, one could argue that the frequency of such players will only continue to decline. Only seven rushers have surpassed the 2,000-yard mark and the most recent to do so was Peterson in 2012. In 2009 Chris Johnson, then a member of the Tennessee Titans, is the only other active back to do so.
For how tremendous McCoy was in 2013, it’s hard to fathom him collecting 400 yards more in 2014. That being said, there is always opportunity for space in Kelly’s offense and Shady seems as determined as ever heading into this season. He is the undoubted top option in the Eagles attack and is right in the thick of his prime as one of the top backs in football. Personally, I’m going to give McCoy the benefit of the doubt on this one. One of the reasons he’s so great is because he feels he’s the best. Though I’d still argue for Peterson over McCoy, adding a 2,000 yard season to his resume will make the argument a much more difficult one.