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LeSean Report: Regular-season wrap on McCoy's versatile season for Bills

LeSean McCoy left the Bills' regular-season finale win over the Dolphins with an ankle injury, at a time when he had rushed for just 10 yards on 11 carries, which continued his struggles in Miami during his time with Buffalo.

McCoy did a lot with not much help up front, as 11 yards came after contact, meaning he gained -1 yards before contact in Week 17. Pro Football Focus credited him with four forced missed tackles in the game (three rushing), which tied for the second-highest amount of missed tackles he forced in a single contest during the regular season.

He finished with the 29th-highest overall PFF grade out of 57 qualifying running backs in Week 17.

As was typically the case in 2017, McCoy made an impact in the passing game against Miami, as he caught both of his targets for 22 yards.

He finished the regular season as PFF's sixth-highest graded running back, as his grade of 86.0 ranked him as one of seven backs in the "elite" category.

McCoy forced 43 missed tackles on 346 touches. In 2016, he forced 61 missed tackles on 278 touches.

His yards-before-contact average in 2017 was now 1.83. Last season, that number was 2.99. Buffalo's feature back averaged 2.1 yards after contact per rush in the regular season. In 2016, he averaged 2.4 yards after contact per rush.

As a receiver, McCoy actually posted a higher yards-per-route-run (1.39) average in 2016 compared to his 2017 figure (1.37), but he had more volume this season. His 59 receptions were the second-most he's had in a single year in his NFL career, and his 448 receiving yards were the third-most he's amassed in one season as a professional.

He finished fourth in the NFL in total rushing yards (1,138), and third in the AFC behind Le'Veon Bell and Kareem Hunt.

While he wasn't as electric as he was in 2016, coming into the 2017 campaign at 29 years old with 2,280 touches from scrimmage on his professional resume, McCoy had an effective season. His versatility was key to Buffalo winning three of its final four games to advance to the playoffs.

On Monday, Sean McDermott stated the teamĀ "got some good news" regarding McCoy's availability for Sunday's postseason game in Jacksonville.

(Grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

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