When the conversation turns to LeSean McCoy, remember one thing: he can still ball.
It’s easy to forget, of course.
The Buffalo Bills running back was involved in a nightclub brawl this off-season and the case has now lingered on for three months. Cleared by the district attorney, he’s now being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office and, either way, McCoy could still face NFL suspension.
But in between a September hamstring injury and December knee injury that landed him on injured reserve, “Shady” was as explosive as any running back in the NFL. He still turned 5-yard losses into 5-yard gains, still possessed a second gear to waste defensive backs at the second level, still was a rare weapon Greg Roman can build a game plan around.
Before the 2015 season, one NFL personnel director said that when McCoy’s quickness goes, he’s finished. Credit to running back coach Anthony Lynn for encouraging McCoy to lose weight and maintain his trademark elusiveness. He turns 28 in July, but at 100 percent, there are zero signs that McCoy is about to the hit the wall.
On a roster designed to win now, that reality gives the Bills a chance versus a brutal schedule.