LeSean McCoy isn’t the fastest or strongest back in the league, which perhaps explains why the Pitt standout dropped to the second round of the 2009 draft.
A 4.50 40-yard dash on a 200-pound frame won’t get the draft nerds drooling.
But then you watch McCoy play, and the preconception of what he can’t do fades into the reality of what you see.
McCoy is an “it” back, one of those rare artists whose mastery eludes raw metrics.
Except, perhaps, for these:
1,294 rushing yards, 4.9 YPC, 20 total touchdowns
This year, McCoy eclipsed the Eagles’ 66-year-old franchise mark for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a season. He’s also within striking distance of the franchise's single-season rushing record and on pace to become the first Philadelphia back to lead the NFC in that category since the creation of two conferences in 1970.
The man they call “Shady” is by all accounts having one of the greatest seasons in Philadelphia Eagles history. Nothing nebulous about that.
Honorable Mention RB: Frank Gore, Ray Rice, Matt Forte, Michael Turner, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Johnson, Fred Jackson, Tim Tebow