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Bryce Brown could be a pleasant surprise
It's no secret that McCoy's backup in 2011, Ronnie Brown, was just plain awful. And with Dion Lewis, a rookie, the coaching staff didn't have many other options than to keep McCoy in the game.
McCoy played in approximately 82 percent of the team's offensive snaps last year. That's a huge load for a running back these days, and it appeared to take its toll on McCoy as the 2011 season wore on.
McCoy's numbers dipped in the second half of last season as compared to the first. In the first eight games, he averaged just about 5.4 yards per carry. In the last seven games, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
Furthermore, he rushed for 825 yards over the first eight games as compared to just 484 over his final seven.
These are signs of wearing down as the season goes along.
However, not to fear. With Mr. Halfback Option Pass Fumble gone, the Eagles will turn to a more experienced Dion Lewis as well as promising rookies Bryce Brown and Chris Polk.
All three of those players are capable of performing much better than Brown did last season. The only hurdle they need to clear is gaining the coach's trust. And to do that, they obviously need to play well in training camp and preseason.
If May's minicamps were any indication, at least one of those players will step up and gain the trust of the coaches and be able to provide McCoy adequate relief. In particular, Bryce Brown received rave reviews back in the OTAs, so he'll be someone to watch.
If the coaches can keep McCoy fresh by reducing his snaps, even just a little bit, it should go a long way for his productivity all throughout next season.
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