LeSean McCoy demonstrated exactly why he believes he’s the best running back in the NFL on Sunday.
He also gave the Buffalo Bills and their fans a panic attack in the fourth quarter of a 21-12 victory over the New York Jets at New Era Field.
McCoy checked himself out of the game early in the fourth quarter and was immediately attended to by trainers after he was tackled just short of the goal line. As reporters in the press box scrambled for their binoculars to focus in on the sidelines, Mike Tolbert’s 1-yard touchdown run on the next play became an afterthought.
The immediate concern was on McCoy – who before getting hurt had produced 153 yards from scrimmage on 21 touches. McCoy went to the trainer’s tent on the Bills’ sideline, and emerged a short time later with his helmet in hand, taking a seat with his teammates on the bench. The team announced a short time later McCoy had been cleared to return with a wrist injury, and all of #BillsMafia exhaled. He finished the game with 110 rushing yards on 22 carries and added 49 yards on five receptions.
It can’t be overstated how important McCoy is to the offense in 2017. Tolbert looked good in his role as the backup running back, but if McCoy were to miss significant time, there’s no way he’s cut out to be a featured option. McCoy is the Bills’ most important player, and that includes quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The Bills had four completions to wide receivers Sunday. When they play a real NFL team, that's not going to come close to cutting it. The Jets looked exactly as bad as everyone expects them to be Sunday.
Things are going to get more difficult for the Bills, starting with Week Two against the Carolina Panthers. The best news for the team coming out of Sunday's game is that McCoy will be there to carry the load.