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LeSean McCoy had an outstanding 2011 season. The running back lit up the football field with 273 rushing attempts for 1,309 yards. He finished fourth in the league for rushing yards and fifth for yards per game (87.3). The Eagles' breakout star also led the NFL with 17 touchdowns. In addition, he contributed 48 receptions for three touchdowns and 315 yards.
The fourth-year running back has been compared to Barry Sanders in his running style, which is quick and elusive. McCoy will continue to dominate in 2012 because not only is he Michael Vick's best weapon, but he also hasn't even reached his prime. He's the best playmaker on an extremely talented Philadelphia team. The Eagles are poised for a title run in the 2012-13 season, and McCoy will be a key piece to their success.
Head coach Andy Reid heavily utilized McCoy last season, possibly a little too much. McCoy had a career-high 321 touches in 2011. Reid admitted in a news conference after the draft:
I probably overplayed (LeSean) McCoy a little bit, even though he doesn't want to hear that. As he continues to get older and have the number of reps under his belt that he does, you'll want to back off the number of reps that he does.
However, don't think less touches means McCoy will be any less dominant. Reid simply wants to get more in the long run out of his electrifying running back. The head coach tried the same approach with retired running back Brian Westbrook and ended up getting eight years out of him. Besides, it's easy to talk about limiting McCoy's touches in the spring, but when the Eagles are pushing for a title run in the winter, that might change.