Although everyone’s initial focus was on the rib injury Michael Vick suffered against the Redskins, a lot of attention has been turned towards another rib injury. Without anyone really knowing, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy suffered a rib injury in the second quarter of the game but stayed on the field.
Despite being able to finish the game last Sunday, it looks like McCoy will miss some time. Knowing that, there are reports that the Buffalo Bills have reached out to the Eagles to gauge their interest in running back Marshawn Lynch. The Bills, 0-4, have two other talented running backs on the roster, Fred Jackson and the explosive rookie C.J. Spiller.
Lynch accumulated over 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first two seasons with the Bills but has been on a slippery slope since then. Between injuries, suspensions, and overall disgruntlement, Lynch has worn out a good relationship with the team.
In 2010, Lynch has 37 carries for 164 yards, leading the Bills in both categories. They’re not spectacular numbers, but you have to ask if he’s still better then anything the Eagles may have without McCoy in the backfield.
McCoy’s immediate backup is Mike Bell, someone who I was high on when the acquisition went through but has been extremely disappointing since he arrived in Philadelphia. For the Eagles, he rushed the ball 12 times for a whopping 20 yards and has one reception for five yards.
Behind Bell are Eldra Buckley and Joique Bell. Neither one has done anything productive for the Eagles offense yet this year, and I’m not entirely sure that they can.
With making a play for Lynch, there are a few questions you have to ask:
1. What is it going to take to get him?
2. How much time is McCoy going to miss and is it worth it to bring someone else in for the mean time?
3. If you do pick up Lynch, what will you do when McCoy comes back?
4. Will any of the attitude problems Lynch had in Buffalo carry over to Philadelphia?
If the Eagles can get Lynch for cheap, it may not be a bad move. Mike Bell hasn’t really proven anything yet. If Lynch comes in, he could overtake the No. 2 spot upon McCoy’s return and Bell can simply be used as a short yardage specialist (maybe).
I don’t think that there’s any doubt that Lynch still has talent, and he’s only played three full years in the league. On paper it looks like a nice addition to the team, but my gut feeling is that it won’t happen.