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LeSean Report: The increased receiving efficiency of the Bills' top RB

It's been two straight weeks of tough sledding for LeSean McCoy on the ground, but the Buffalo Bills running back has become an integral part of the team's passing game.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

McCoy is currently averaging 1.93 yards per route run (131 yards on 68 pass routes run), the 13th-best out of 41 running backs who've played at least 25 percent of their respective team's snaps thus far. Of the 17 backs who've run at least 50 pass routes, McCoy's 1.93 yards-per-route-run figure is fifth-best.

Here are his yards-per-route-run stats over the past five seasons:

2016: 1.39

2015: 1.16

2014: 0.43

2013: 1.36

2012: 1.33

Last year through three games, McCoy's yards-per-route-run number was just 0.86.

As a runner, McCoy has forced six missed tackles on 48 rushes through three games. His overall Elusiveness Rating of 34.5 is 27th out of 49 qualifying running backs.

Right now, McCoy averages 1.8 yards after contact per rush, which is tied for the second-lowest number among the 28 running backs who've carried the football at least 30 times through Week Three. Based on McCoy's running style, that's not surprising nor a surefire indicator of ineffectiveness. Yet, he's averaging 1.16 yards before contact currently. That's the 11th-lowest number out of those same 28 backs.

That suggests Buffalo's offensive line has not consistently opened lanes for McCoy, which has led to the talented running back not having the opportunity to make defenders miss as frequently as he normally does.

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