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Impact Rookie: LeSean McCoy 07/01/2009

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(Note:  from time to time until the season begins, I will spot light rookies that have a chance to make an impact in the NFL this season from a fantasy football perspective.)

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy with their 2nd round pick in this years draft.  The question is will he make an impact?

Brian Westbrook is the number one running back for the  Eagles.  Don’t expect that to change.  Coming into mini-camp

Philadelphia drafted Pitt's McCoy in the 2nd round

Philadelphia drafted Pitt's McCoy in the 2nd round

his primary backup was Lorenzo Booker.  Booker still thinks that he is the number two guy.  But the depth chart and comments by Eagles coach Andy Reid dispute that opinion.  The depth chart on the Eagles web site lists McCoy as the number 2 back, and Reid said in a radio interview a few weeks ago that McCoy was Westbrook’s back up.  McCoy will see a lot of action this season.

There are several reasons for that fact.  First, sharing carries is in vogue  in the NFL, and Westbrook, who will turn 30 in early September, will benefit from less work.  In addition, Westbrook has been injury prone through out his career.  He missed game time  last season with rib and ankle injuries, and had knee surgery during the off season.  Hardly his first career action missed, he also suffered from a torn triceps muscle in 2003, foot injury in 2005, and a swollen knee in 2006.  McCoy fits perfectly into the Eagles system.  In the Eagles scheme, their running back must be able to catch passes as well as run the ball.  Dangerous in the open field, McCoy has soft hands and is a very good route runner.   He will become a favorite target of qb Donovan Mc Nabb when he is on the field. 

McMoy (29) and Westbrook (36) chat at an Eagles workout

McMoy (29) and Westbrook (36) chat at an Eagles workout

In 2 seasons at Pitt, McCoy rushed for over 2800 yards and scored 35 TDs.  Additionaly, he caught 65 passes for an additional 549 yards and a score.  He was  all Big East in each of those seasons.  Listed at Pitt as 5′ 11″, 210 lbs, he has the quickness to get to the corners, and speed to make the big play once he is in space.  At the pro level, he will have to prove that he can gain the tough yard up the middle when called apon instead of attempting to break every thing outside. 

All told, McCoy has the potential to be a solid producer in his rookie season.  Look for 700 rushing yards, and an additional 300 receiving.  In addition, he should find the end zone 6-8 times.  If  Westbrook misses playing time with injuries this season, those numbers will increase.  Take a flyer on McCoy early, as he will not be there in the laterounds of the draft.  Look for him to be a solid producer by mid season.

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