At this point in the offseason with us so close to the start of free agency, you kind’ve start to search out all the possible connections between the available players, take into consideration their current situation or where they are in their career, and then find the teams that would be the best fit for them in the immediate future.
Back on March 5th, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that running back LeSean McCoy would not return to the Kansas City Chiefs. If you all can remember, McCoy spent a couple of years in Buffalo with Anthony Lynn as his position coach.
Eagles, Chargers among potential landing spots for LeSean McCoy (per @MikeGarafolo)https://t.co/sYvRg0aWvc pic.twitter.com/3ELjGM9hMb— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) March 5, 2020
When you look at McCoy, you see that he is 31-years old and will be turning 32 in July. He is obviously on the wrong side of 30 but that isn’t an immediate death sentence for a running back. When runners get to that age, fit and familiarity become increasingly important. During the 2015 and ‘16 seasons, the Bills were #1 in the NFL in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and yards per carry.
McCoy only played in 12 games that ‘15 season and finished with 895 rushing yards, 292 receiving yards, and just five touchdowns. He exploded the following season, rushing for 1,267 yards and 356 receiving yards with 13 scores on the ground and another through the air.
LeSean McCoy's first carry with the @Chiefs! @CutonDime25 #KCvsJAX— NFL (@NFL) September 8, 2019
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McCoy started just nine games with the Chiefs while playing in 13 total. While splitting time with Damien Williams and rookie Darwin Thompson, he still managed 101 carries for 465 yards and four touchdowns. Through the air, he caught 28 passes for 181 yards and another score. Comparatively, McCoy’s number were actually very similar to Damien Williams, who started six games and played in 11. He finished with 111 carries for 498 yards and five touchdowns, also adding 30 catches for 213 yards and another two scores.
When you look at the rushing production, McCoy was actually more efficient than Williams, especially when you take into consideration that Williams had two runs of 80+ yards on the season, including a 91-yarder. Without those two huge runs, his numbers look a lot worse.
While I believe Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are an extremely safe bet to lead the Chargers’ backfield, knowing just how sudden an injury can shake up the whole year, it would be wise to sign cheap depth at the position. When Gordon held out, the Chargers were forced to use Troymaine Pope early on when Jackson nursed a hamstring injury. I’d much rather be able to say that McCoy was waiting in the wings instead of another former undrafted player.
But what do you all think? For the right price, would you consider signing McCoy for the 2020 season?