Just about all of the attention this offseason was directed towards the quarterback position. It was all about what Kevin Kolb would be able to do with the weapons he had on offense. For the most part, the weapons that we talked about were the one-two combination of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. We also spent time talking about tight end Brent Celek as he was a popular target for Kolb in his two starts last season.
So what about running back LeSean McCoy? Sure we knew he had a great rookie campaign as Brian Westbrook was plagued by injuries. Sure we knew he bulked up his frame in the offseason. Sure we knew he looked solid in training camp.
Despite all the indicators, I didn’t think McCoy would look as good as he has through the first five games of the 2010 season.
Through these first five games, McCoy has recorded 68 rushes for 365 yards and five touchdowns, averaging over five yards per carry. These numbers put him just outside the top 10 in rushing yards, but three of the guys above him have carried over 100 times, and most of the others have significantly more carries as well.
Not only is McCoy running well, but he has been a key contributor receiving the ball as well. He has 28 receptions for 218 yards, giving him an average of 7.8 yards per reception. Only Frank Gore of the 49ers has more receptions among running backs.
When McCoy was drafted by the Eagles, he was immediately compared to then current running back, Brian Westbrook. I always agreed with the comparison, and as the year has gone on I think the comparison has gained even more truth.
Westbrook was always known for his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, and one thing that Westbrook always did was make the first guy miss. This year, I am noticing that out of McCoy. Whether it be a linebacker or defensive back, when McCoy is in the open field after a reception, he has been consistently making the first guy miss.
I’ve also noticed more of an explosion out of him when he hits the hole, much like that of Westbrook. This was something we really saw in the Lions game. He’s been hitting the hole hard, getting into the second level and breaking open big plays.
His toughness in the last two games has been outstanding as well. Did anyone have any idea that he suffered a rib injury in the second quarter of the Redskins game? Absolutely not. He had a huge second half, receiving a bunch of check down throws from Kolb, and making plays with his feet to keep drives going.
I’m not entirely surprised by McCoy’s play, and I don’t think anyone else is. We all knew he was capable of it. However, in just his second year, McCoy is showing us that he is a playmaker and will be a huge part of this offense in 2010 and beyond.