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LeSean Report: Signs of improvement vs. Falcons

Week Four marked another sub-par game in the stat book for LeSean McCoy, but once again, he made his impact felt in the pass game.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

The Bills' feature back ran 15 pass routes and accumulated 32 yards, good for a 2.13 yards per route run number. Heading into Week Five, McCoy is averaging 1.96 yards per route run, which is the sixth-highest among 26 running backs who've run at least 60 routes so far this season. Remember, a season ago, McCoy averaged 1.39 yards per route run.

And that current 0.57 difference may not seem sizable, but it is. It's the same disparity as James White, who finished third in 2016 with 1.90 yards per route run, and 23rd place Mark Ingram.

Per Pro Football Reference, McCoy already has eight receptions of 10-plus yards this season. He had 13 such plays during the entire 2016 season and 13 in 2015.

Against the Falcons, McCoy carried the ball 20 times and forced three missed tackles, the ninth-highest missed tackles forced among 35 qualifying runners in Week Four. His 3.8 yards-per-carry average was just his second-best figure this year.

McCoy's averaged 2.65 yards after contact in Atlanta, a figure much higher than what would be considered normal for him.

Here are his yards after contact averages for the three other games so far in the 2017 campaign:

Week Three vs. Broncos: 1.79

Week Two vs. Panthers: 1.33

Week One vs. Jets: 1.95

After Week Four's action, there are 30 running backs who've carried the football at least 40 carries on the season.

McCoy currently averages 1.16 yards before contact per rush, which is the 12th-lowest figure out of those ball carriers. For perspective on how low that 1.16 yards before contact is, there are three running backs (Bilal Powell, DeMarco Murray and Kareem Hunt) who currently average more than double that number.

Last season, McCoy averaged 2.99 yards before contact per carry.

A running back shoulders some of the responsibility to make the first defender miss. But a yards-before-contact-per-rush figure well below 2.0 indicates a weakness along the offensive line.

In Week Five, McCoy and Buffalo's run game will face a Bengals defense that's allowing 3.9 yards per carry, which is currently 11th in the NFL.

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